Variety is reporting that “Indiana Jones 5” will not make it’s initial release date of July 10, 2020. It sounds like the main culprit is script problems.
Indiana Jones will not be riding back into theaters on July 10, 2020.
The fifth film in the adventure series will miss its original release date, Variety has learned. Filming was supposed to begin in April of 2019 in the United Kingdom, but sources close to the production say that shooting will no longer start next spring and will have to be pushed back by months, if not a year. Potential crew members have already been informed of the delay.
Part of the issue is that the key members of the creative team have yet to sign off on a finished script. Collider reported on Thursday that Jonathan Kasdan, son of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” scribe Lawrence Kasdan, has been enlisted to deliver a new draft. A deal has yet to close to bring the writer on board, but it looks as though he will soon join the project. David Koepp (“Jurassic Park”) took the first pass at the script. At one point, the fifth Indiana Jones was supposed to hit theaters in 2019.
Insiders stress that both Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford remain committed to revisiting the beloved franchise about the globe-trotting archaeologist. Spielberg, however, has a full dance card of projects in development and it’s possible one of them will slide in front of the “Indiana Jones” sequel. The Oscar-winning director is in pre-production on a remake of “West Side Story” and is also toying with making “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,” a historical drama with Mark Rylance.
I would love to see a fifth Indiana Jones film, especially with Harrison Ford reprising his role as Indy. But next month, Ford will be turning 76, and the plain fact is, he just aint getting any younger. The more they delay this film, the harder it’s going to be for Ford to portray the character. But it’s not like a future installment needs to have Indy hanging off the front of the hood of a truck, or running for his life from a giant boulder. Indy can be a mentor in the next film for future archeologist adventurers. Let Indy show the young ones that he still has what it takes and just why he is the legendary Indiana Jones. And after the disaster that was Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Harrison Ford and Indiana Jones deserve a shot at redemption and a way to end the series on a high note.