It’s hard to ignore all the glaring issues that befell Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull. Weak story, characters, CGI, acting, and also some miscasting. One of the biggest sore-thumbs of the fourth installment was Shia LeBeouf’s Mutt Williams, easily the worst acting job in the film.
So, when Indiana Jones 5 screenwriter David Koepp told EntertainmentWeekly that his character Mutt won’t be making a return I can’t say I’m very surprised about it. He also reaffirmed that Harrison Ford will be back as Indy, as there has been talk of rebooting the franchise with a younger actor.
“Harrison plays Indiana Jones, that I can certainly say,” screenwriter David Koepp, who has penned a script for the fifth film in the storied Indiana Jones franchise, tells EW. “And the Shia LaBeouf character is not in the film.”
Koepp isn’t sure when the film will begin filming but suggests it could be next after Steven Spielberg completes The Post.
“We’re plugging away at it. In terms of when we would start, I think that’s up to Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Ford,” he continues, playfully teasing that the plot will involve “some precious artifact that they’re all looking for” throughout the film. “I know we’ve got a script we’re mostly happy with. Work will be endless, of course, and ongoing, and Steven just finished shooting The Post …. If the stars align, hopefully, it’ll be his next film.”
There is an assumption since this will be the first non-Star Wars film Lucasfilm will make under Disney ownership, that it could bump production on a Star Wars (an anthology installment was teased by Bob Iger for 2020) film. So, it’s unknown if we’ll be getting both Indiana Jones and Star Wars movies in the same year but it could happen.
Indiana Jones 5 is set for release on July 10th, 2020.