Those fans who were upset with the character of Mutt Williams played by Shia LaBeouf in the film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull can now rejoice as this character will not feature in the new film, neither played by LaBeouf nor by anyone else.
The script for the sequel has been written and is presently in the rewriting stage. While the dates haven’t been announced, the scriptwriter David Koepp told Entertainment Weekly that the process is humming along quite nicely.
He didn’t reveal whether there will be a true disciple to Indiana Jones in the film while Disney is planning to reboot the franchise. The understanding is that Disney and Lucasfilm are jointly exploring the ways to convert this into a profitable new series, though it is confirmed that Indiana Jones 5 is going to be the last film for the franchise that stars Harrison Ford and is directed by Steven Spielberg. Therefore, it is open to speculation as to what will be the future of this series. As per Koepp, it certainly won’t see further adventures by Mutt.
“Harrison plays Indiana Jones, that I can certainly say. And the Shia LaBeouf character is not in the film.”
As of now this is the only spoiler that we have for the next Indiana Jones film. Prior to the announcement of the fifth and last Harrison Ford starrer Indiana Jones film, a lot of people had been anticipating that a younger performer will be roped in to play Ford’s iconic character of the archaeologist cum adventurer. Chris Pratt was supposed to be the front-runner among the contenders for the role.
However, those plans fell apart. Some people wondered if Shia LaBeouf as Mutt Williams will take centrestage in the future Indiana Jones films as we saw the character display his potential towards the end of Crystal Skull. That was a time when LaBeouf was quite a sensation and was basking in the glory of his Transformers fame and success. Of late, he has hardly done much acting and has become infamous for his living art installations as well as foul personal behaviour that frequently makes headlines.
The script for Indiana Jones 5 has been finished and it seems to have got the approval of writer David Koepp as well as the director Steven Spielberg. The production is likely to commence anytime in 2018. Koepp spoke about his continuous work on improving the current script.
“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 is going to be well into his 70s when Harrison Ford starts shooting for the final time as Indiana Jones. There is no word as to what will be his object of attraction in the new film. The screenwriter had only this to say:
“[It’s] some precious artifact that they’re all looking for. 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.”
Back in 2010, Shia LaBeouf had stunned people during an interview with Los Angeles Times by criticising Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Shia claimed to have ‘dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished’. He further claimed that Harrison Ford wasn’t interested in this fourth film of the franchise. Later he got the famous “f-ing idiot’ response from Ford for those comments.
As per earlier plans, Indiana Jones 5 was scheduled to release in July 2019. Now it has been changed with the film being listed to hit theaters in the summer of 2020. While Lucasfilm has been getting a lot of success with the Star Wars reboots, it is facing troubles consolidating that series. The Force Awakens was a big blockbuster hit, yet there were problems faced during the post-production of its first standalone film Rogue One, which also did well after being refurbished.
The next film Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set for a December 2017 release, but, the production of Han Solo film is plagued by some troubles. First its original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller got fired at a late stage in the production cycle and were replaced by Ron Howard. The film is supposed to release in summer 2018 followed by Star Wars 9 scheduled for summer 2019. Thereafter 2020 will see the release of Obi-Wan Kenobi film along with the Indiana Jones 5. However, as witnessed earlier, things can change anytime.