Jon Kasdan confirms he's writing the script for Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones 5 in a new tweet. Earlier this week, it was reported that Kasdan, who co-wrote this summer's Solo: A Star Wars Story with his father, Lawrence Kasdan, was hired to write the latest draft of Indiana Jones 5 for Lucasfilm, thus meaning that the movie may not make its planned release date.
The fifth installment in the Indiana Jones series was originally expected to release in 2020 but expected to be delayed amid news that screenwriter David Koepp has been replaced by Kasdan, who is now re-writing the film’s much-anticipated screenplay. Should the movie be released in 2021 instead, it will mark 40 years since Raiders of the Lost Ark - the first movie in the franchise - released in 1981. Perhaps that's the way Disney/Lucasfilm wants it.
Shortly after news broke that Kasdan would be writing the script, a Twitter user asked the screenwriter if it was true or not. Kasdan’s reply was pure gold as he used a quote from Raiders to make his point, explaining that Lucasfilm has “top men” working on the screenplay. Fans may recognize the quote from the end of the film, as Indy inquires about what was to become of the Ark of the Covenant. Major Eaton replies that they have “top men working on it." Take a look:
It is somewhat fitting that Jonathan Kasdan is following in the footsteps of his father, Lawrence, seeing as his father not only wrote the screenplays for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, but also for Raiders of the Lost Ark. And seeing the story Jonathan turned in for Solo: A Star Wars Story perhaps convinced Lucasfilm to hand the script's reins over to him. After all, he already has some experience writing for another one of Harrison Ford's iconic characters. What's more, Koepp wrote the script for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and that didn't turn out the way the studio wanted. This is a good way to get a fresh set of eyes on the franchise - and the character, for that matter - before potentially calling it quits altogether.
At the moment, it's unclear which direction the story will take, plot-wise and whether or not it will conclude or set up the future of the franchise. This might very well be Ford's last movie, considering his age and how long these films take to develop, so Kasdan may either try to bring Indy's story to a fitting end or lay the foundation for another actor/character to continue the saga down the line.
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