George Lucas Will Not Contribute To The Writing Of “Indiana Jones 5”

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Collider has revealed that George Lucas will not be involved with the writing of the script for “Indiana Jones 5”.

From Collider:

David Koepp said he’s hard at work on writing the script for Indiana Jones 5, but one big question that loomed over the film was whether Lucas would be involved. The way the franchise worked in that past was that Lucas would come up with the idea for the movie and Spielberg would execute it. When Indy 5 was announced, Lucas’ name was nowhere to be found. Spielberg subsequently said Lucas would serve as an executive producer on the film, but in speaking with Koepp, the screenwriter revealed that Lucas is not involved in the story of Indiana Jones 5:

“He’s not, to my knowledge. I’ve had no contact with him.”

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For most fans of the Indiana Jones series, that George Lucas is not involved with Indiana Jones 5 can only come as good news. “Indiana Jones and The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull” should have been the triumphant return of Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones for one last time. It should have been, but thanks to George Lucas, we got a ton of awful CGI that was reminiscent of what he used in the “Star Wars” Prequels. We also got memorable scenes of Indiana Jones surviving an atomic bomb test by hiding in a refrigerator and being rocketed miles into the air and escaping without a scratch; and Shia Labeouf swinging like Tarzan with a bunch of monkeys that bonded with him because they shared the same haircut.

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I’ll be honest though, I’m not crazy that they are bringing back David Koepp, who also worked on the script for “Chrystal Skull”. I feel like his association with his work done on “Indy 4” is reason enough not to ask him back. But according to Collider, Kope says he learned from his mistakes.

From Collider:

“It’s hard because you can learn like if something maybe didn’t work as well as you think it would well we certainly wouldn’t do that again, but you wouldn’t have done that again anyway, you already did it, so it’s hard to say. For me it was the MacGuffin dictates everything, and so we tried to make the best possible choice we could. Not that nobody didn’t try to make the best choice that they could in the past, but we tried to give us the one that gave us the Indiana Jones movie we most wanted to see.”

Let’s hope so.

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One thing that I think most can agree with is that with Lucas not being involved, the writing process will no longer be a dictatorship in which Lucas made all script decisions. With the new Lucasfilm, ideas are discussed among the likes of Philip Kaufman (who contributed to all of the Indy films); David Koepp (who has worked on many of Spielberg’s movies); Steven Spielberg, who should have more of an influence in the movie and Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy, who has taken more of an active role in the development of movies like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. I wouldn’t be surprised too if Lawrence Kasdan (“Raiders Of The Lost Ark”, “The Empire Strikes Back”, “The Force Awakens”)  makes a return to the franchise. And of course, some minor input from Indy himself, Harrison Ford.

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Lucas will return as executive producer, which should always be the case. Indy really is his character. I still wouldn’t mind if Lucas was involved with the script as long as his ideas are submitted for approval. And no more refrigerators!

Source: Collider

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  • More monkey brains. The movies deteriorated since the first. The director should be changed too. Steven Spielberg is no longer the director that he used to be.

    • You are correct. The movies have deteriorated since the first was shown because they are getting older. You are also correct about Steven Spielberg. He isn’t the same director he used to be, he is now older. In a way, you could say he’s deteriorated since the first.

    • I agree with you guys but one thing for me that has stayed consistently good is Harrison Ford’s portrayal of Indy. Even in Chrystal Skull, that was the one saving grace for me. I also agree about Spielberg. I saw Jaws recently and that is still a classic and to me my favorite Spielberg film but feel like he is very overrated.

  • I think Jonathan Ke Quan should be in it, as an adult Short Round, still good friends with Dr. Jones, and he maybe becomes friends with Indy’s biological son (if Shia LeBoeuf is allowed back on the set!). “Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom” is one of my fave movies of all time. The other movies are just average to me because Shorty isn’t in them. Yes, I love Short Round even more than I love Indiana Jones. I had a crush on him when Temple of Doom first came out. Now I’ve grown and he hasn’t, and I want some Adventures of the Older Short Round so that I’m free to crush on him again without feeling like a doggone pedophile!

    • Short Round was supposed to appear in Chrystal Skull at the wedding scene but they cut him out. I believe that Quan even filmed his scene. Don’t know why they would do that.

      I liked Temple Of Doom because it was a prequel which showed an earlier Indy adventure, and at the time of it’s release, think that was my first prequel.

      You might not like this but wouldn’t mind if Short Round came back as the bad guy. Indy kind of abandoned him after Temple Of Doom and maybe they could work on that.

  • Well this is Disney and even though that last movie sucked the next one will be worse. I’m sure Disney will do what they did to StarWars and put a female as the lead, maybe Indy goes into the rainforest looking for? And comes out “Kaitlin Jenner” or make a disclaimer before the film that INDY 4 was a bad dream and he didn’t have a son he had a daughter so a girl can takeover one of the most successful movie franchises of all time and turn it into “Cindy-Anna Jones and the quest to prove girls can be the lead protagonist”

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