Earlier this year it was announced that Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg will return to the world of Indiana Jones for a fifth film in the franchise. Set to arrive in 2019, the film also has a screenwriter attached, "Jurassic Park" screenwriter David Koepp. But there's one major player that looks to have a diminished role in the film -- and that's executive producer George Lucas.
As Koepp revealed in an interview with Collider, "Indiana Jones" co-creator Lucas so far has not had any input on the film's story. “He’s not, to my knowledge," answered Koepp when asked if Lucas was involved. "I’ve had no contact with him.” For the previous "Indiana Jones" films, Lucas would come up with the story idea which would then be executed by Spielberg and a screenwriter.
Koepp said that he's "deeply immersed" in writing the screenplay right now. When asked what the screenplay involves, he jokingly answered, "All I can say is that there’s lots of aliens and Indy dies at the end. Lots of hiding in lead-lined refrigerators, aliens, and he dies. Should go over very well.” Of course Koepp was joking about "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" there, a screenplay that he also wrote.
Koepp was asked what he learned while making the last Indy film and what he will apply to the fifth one. “It’s hard because you can learn like if something maybe didn’t work as well as you think it would well we certainly wouldn’t do that again, but you wouldn’t have done that again anyway, you already did it, so it’s hard to say," said Koepp, reflecting on "Crystal Skull."
Generally, what Indy is searching for and when it takes place are the two factors that determine the most about the film. Once you figure that out, Koepp said, you can start moving forward with writing. "For me it was the MacGuffin dictates everything, and so we tried to make the best possible choice we could. Not that nobody didn’t try to make the best choice that they could in the past, but we tried to give us the one that gave us the Indiana Jones movie we most wanted to see.”
Since there hasn't been much news about the film, Koepp was asked about how the film is coming along. "It feels like it has a lot of momentum behind it. We have ‘top men’ working on it as we speak," he said. He added, "I really like our idea; I think it’s clean and simple and makes a lot of sense, and I feel like the writing is going really well.”
The next “Indiana Jones” arrives on July 19, 2019.