Hold On, Indiana Jones 5 Isn't as Far Along as You Think!
So earlier this week, Shia LaBeouf let slip that Spielberg had "cracked a story" on Indiana Jones 5 and that "they're gearing that up." It was pretty big news, especially because some people were thinking we'd never see another one (despite the $787 million that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull made worldwide). However, that doesn't mean we'll be seeing it that soon. Empire talked with producer Frank Marshall recently, who told them that it's still in very early development. "Until there's a script, nothing's definite," he said. Don't expect to see this shooting by the end of the year… or even next year.
To give you an idea of where it's at in development, Marshall wrote on Twitter: "The story for Indy5 is progressing. It is still in the research phase." That just means they're still brainstorming and haven't written one line of the script yet. But no one wants to wait another 20 years to see a sequel (like we did after Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade came out in 1989). "Once we see that, we'll see. We're not going to wait another 20 years. We'd all love to make another one," Marshall said. "We had a great time making the last one and, as Harrison said, we need to make this one soon. We're not getting any younger." That's for sure!
So don't jump the gun on this sequel. With some luck, we could Indiana Jones 5 in 2011. But at this rate, I don't expect to see it until 2012 or even 2013. It's a long way out, sure, but maybe that'll give them some time to figure out a good story to tell in this one… or at least to cut out any monkeys or gophers or nukes.