Director Steven Spielberg could return to a familiar franchise following the release next month of Ready Player One. Yes, Indiana Jones.
Sources tell Deadline the filmmaker is lining up his next directorial projects, with Indiana Jones 5 and a new version of West Side Story jockeying for his attention. Disney and Lucasfilm have staked out July 10, 2020, for the release of the next installment of the action-adventure franchise.
Although speculation long swirled that 75-year-old Harrison Ford might be replaced as archaeologist-adventurer Indiana Jones, both Spielberg and producer Frank Marshall have insisted they're not interested in recasting the role. “It’s certainly not my intention to ever have another actor step into his shoes in the way there have been many actors that have played Spider-Man or Batman,” Spielberg said in 2015. “There is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones, and that’s Harrison Ford.”
Screenwriter David Koepp (Jurassic Park) has ruled out the return of Shia LaBeouf as Indy's son Mutt Williams, introduced in 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. He also said that while franchise co-creator George Lucas remains as executive producer, he's had no input on the film's story.