It looks like we’re going to have to wait a little longer to see our favorite adventuring archeologist in theaters again. Originally slated for a 2019 release, the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise was pushed back to mid 2020, with production to begin next April. Now, amidst differences of opinion over writer David Keopp’s initial draft of the script, Variety tells us that production may not even begin until 2020.
Keopp has a strong pedigree when it comes to Spielberg blockbusters; he was responsible for writing Jurassic Park, after all. However, he was also accountable, and some say to blame, for the oft-maligned script of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Spielberg and actor Harrison Ford’s fourth Indiana Jones outing.
The rift between studio and writer appears to be wide, as Keopp is departing the project and a new writer is being brought in to revamp the script. Variety doesn’t indicate whether or the not the script will require a full rewrite or just a little touch up work here and there, but based on the anticipated amount of delay, it seems we’re talking about a complete script overhaul.
So who is the studio bringing in to accomplish the task? Recent Solo: A Star Wars Story writer Jonathan Kasdan.
If the Kasdan name sounds familiar, it should. Jonathan Kasdan began to establish himself as a Hollywood writer beginning in 2000 with his work on the two, popular television series Freaks and Geeks and Dawson’s Creek.
Despite the film’s lackluster box office performance, Kasdan’s work on Solo was well received by fans and certainly factored in the studio’s decision to bring Kasdan on board. However, fans of Indiana Jones and Star Wars are much more familiar with Lawrence Kasdan, Jonathan’s father and the man responsible for writing the fan favorites of each franchise: the original Raiders of the Lost Ark, and The Empire Strikes Back.
Indiana Jones 5, despite the delay in its production, should be just fine if the younger Kasdan has indeed inherited his father’s talent.
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