Collider recently spoke with Indiana Jones 5 writer David Koepp about his work so far on highly anticipated new Jones film.
When Indy 5 was announced, Lucas’ name was nowhere to be found. Spielberg subsequently said Lucas would serve as an executive producer on the film, but in speaking with Koepp, the screenwriter revealed that Lucas is not involved in the story of Indiana Jones 5:
“He’s not, to my knowledge. I’ve had no contact with him.”
It was previously said that Lucas would serve as an Executive Producer on Indy 5, but if he’s not involved in the story, it’s unlikely he’s producing as well. Koepp goes on to say that they thought about the MacGuffin of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull a lot when it came to Indy 5.
“I think that what [Indy] looks for and when he looks for it dictates what the movie’s gonna be. So the selection of the MacGuffin is everything. I think Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, being set in 1957 there was a conscious desire to say, ‘Much like two of the other ones were World War II movies set in the 30s and early 40s, this is ’57 so a lot of our influences are gonna be science-fiction movies.’ You got that with the original [script], Jeb Stuart took the first shot at it with Indiana Jones and the Saucer Men from Mars. That was a really conscious decision that dictated a lot about what the story would be and what the movie would be like, and I think that was followed through on really nicely. I thought Steve did a really good job with that. I don’t know that the idea was most suited to an Indiana Jones movie, but that was what we did. So we tried to be very careful with the selection of the MacGuffin and the eras to give ourselves as much latitude to make the best kind of Indiana Jones movie that we most want to see. Learning how that’s the importance of the choice of the MacGuffin is a big deal.”
As a status update, Koepp made a joke of some of the biggest complaints about Kingdom of the Crystal Skull:
“I’m deeply immersed as we speak. All I can say is that there’s lots of aliens and Indy dies at the end (laughs). Lots of hiding in lead-lined refrigerators, aliens, and he dies. Should go over very well.”
But he goes on to say that the idea they’re working on now it’s just clean and simple and there is much momentum behind this film. Read the full interview at Collider.
Indiana Jones 5 is out July 19th, 2019.