David Koepp recently revealed why he is no longer involved with James Mangold’s Indiana Jones 5.
Back in February, it was reported that Logan‘s James Mangold was in talks to replace Steven Spielberg as the director of Indiana Jones 5. Over the years, Indiana Jones 5 has been stuck in development with several writers involved such as Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s Jonathan Kasdan and frequent Spielberg collaborator David Koepp.
Filming for Indiana Jones 5 was scheduled to begin this summer with Harrison Ford set to star, but productions are currently shutdown. Not to mention the upcoming sequel has been pushed back once again from 2021 to 2022 with a new director now on board. While talking with Collider, David Koepp revealed whether or not he was still involved with the next adventure in the franchise:
“Not anymore. When James Mangold came in … he deserves a chance to take his shot at it. I’d done several versions with Steven. And when Steven left, it seemed like the right time to let Jim have his own take on it and have his own person or himself write it.”
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Here is the synopsis for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull:
STEVEN SPIELBERG and GEORGE LUCAS bring you the greatest adventurer of all time in “a nonstop thrill ride” (Richard Corliss, TIME) that’s packed with “sensational, awe-inspiring spectacles” (Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES). Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull finds Indy (Harrison Ford) trying to outrace a brilliant and beautiful agent (Cate Blanchett) for the mystical, all-powerful crystal skull of Akator. Teaming up with a rebellious young biker (Shia LaBeouf) and his spirited original love Marion (Karen Allen), Indy takes you on an action-packed adventure in the exciting tradition of the classic Indiana Jones movies!
Directed by Steven Spielberg with a script from David Koepp, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull stars Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent, and Shia LaBeouf.
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