Every thing we find out about INDIANA JONES 5

By day he’s a gentle archeology professor with longstanding papa problems. At night – and actually also in daylight – he is an adventurer with a jet attitude and a whip who has a yen to save. He’s, of course, Henry Jones Jr., aka Indiana (after the dog). And he’s preparing for a fifth film adventure, more than 40 years after his first.

Jones, played by Harrison Ford, is scared of facing a cobra snake

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Years in development hell

The prospect of a fifth Jones film has been formally or otherwise pending shortly after the fourth film. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull published in 2008; Despite the mediocre reception, Steven Spielberg persisted in telling a different story.

Given Harrison Ford’s alleged skepticism about the project, early rumors suggested that Shia LaBeouf would star. LaBeouf had portrayed Sidekick Mutt in Crystal Skull. For one reason or another – or both, or all or all conceivable – that idea soon died out.

Further development was brought to a standstill by Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012. Another three years passed before Kathleen Kennedy confirmed the development of Indy 5, just before The Force Awakens was released. (And an overwhelming box office hit.) Lucasfilm originally planned the film for a release in 2019. However, further shocks behind the scenes prevented that plan …

Switching operations behind the camera

The first big switch was to replace the original screenwriter David Koepp. Koepp was hired for the script after writing Crystal Skull. In 2018 Koepp left the project and the team brought on Jonathan Kasdan, the son of Lawrence Kasdan and co-author of this year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story. However, Kasdan’s draft was rejected in favor of a new twist by Dan Fogelman.

Sean Connery as Henry James Sr alongside Harrison Ford's Junior in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade.

Sean Connery as Henry James Sr alongside Harrison Ford’s Junior in Jones and The Last Crusade.

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Most fans expected Spielberg, the previous director of every Indy film, to return to Oar # 5; In fact, it seemed like Spielberg would think about the job for some time. In 2020, however, the not-yet-produced film fell into the hands of another director: James Mangold. Mangold had recently received renewed recognition for his turn as Logan’s director. Not to mention a Best Picture nomination for its Ford vs. Ferrari.

The story goes on

At this point in time, the script changed hands again. Mangold took over the management of this department together with script partners and the brothers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth. In a more harmonious way (in more ways than one), John Williams returns to score the picture.

Who is in the cast?

Despite early opposition, Harrison Ford eventually signed on to revive Indy’s character. This time around, he would be accompanied by a number of exciting co-stars. Top of the list: Fleabag creator and No Time to Die writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who starred in the solo mentioned above; and Mads Mikkelsen (by deadline), always the welcome entry in an expected project. Also on board (according to The Hollywood Reporter): Boyd Holbrook from Narcos and Shaunette Renée Wilson and Thomas Kretschmann from MCU. (She played a Dora Milaje; he played Baron von Strucker.)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge smokes a cigarette with her back to a wall.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge smokes a cigarette with her back to a wall.


Where will the story take Indy this time?

No word yet on where, when, or what of Jones’ next adventure is. But since it’s (presumably) about 15 years after Crystal Skull, that ends up in the early 1970s. We wonder how Indy will go in time …

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