Is Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski's Next Project 'Indiana Jones 5'?
Well, here's something that's interesting and a little bit flimsy all at the same time. Ever since Disney picked up the rights to Indiana Jones from Paramount Pictures to complete their acquisition of properties from Lucasfilm, there have been rumors of both continuing the adventure with Harrison Ford or maybe rebooting the franchise with someone like Bradley Cooper. Neither option has proven to have any solid development, but there's a curious mention of Indiana Jones 5 in a Variety article (via SlashFilm) that gives a crash course in cinematography from some of the top names in the business, and one was Janusz Kaminski.
For those who don't know, Janusz Kaminski is a frequent collaborator of director Steven Spielberg, having been director of photography for many of his films (Saving Private Ryan and Schindler's List landed him Oscars for his work). And in the aforementioned article, there's this little excerpt:
Since then, Kaminski has made more than a dozen films with Steven Spielberg, earning two Oscars along the way. His credits include “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Diving Bell & the Butterfly.” His next project is the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones movie.
Now there's no direct quote from Kaminski, but since this article comes from Variety, that would imply that either they know something that we don't, or Kaminski offered this information in this seminar of sorts and it's merely being relayed here. Is there a chance that Indiana Jones 5 is already in development? Or is Kaminski just being hopeful that he will work with Spielberg again on that project? After all, Spielberg has his Cold War drama with Tom Hanks coming up and will immediately follow it with an adaptation of The BFG, and both are slated for release in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
If this information is true, that would mean that Janusz Kaminski, who last lensed The Judge for David Dobkin, isn't planning to work until Indiana Jones 5 gets off the ground, and if Spielberg sticks to his schedule, then he wouldn't be able to make Indiana Jones 5 until late 2016 or even early 2017. Perhaps if there are plans for Indiana Jones 5, Kaminski and Spielberg have already discussed working together again, but they just don't know when that will be. For now, take this all with a grain of salt, but we can't imagine Disney bought the rights to Indiana Jones just to sit on them. Stay tuned.