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2016

January 29, 2016
LAWYER HERALD: Rumors say that the production team already had a meeting last month, and the outline of the script is almost finished.

February 20, 2016
John Rhys-Davies: "Every time I see Spielberg, I say to him, 'Steven - the really successful films are the first and the third, but there seems to be something missing from two and four... I wonder what it is?' and he laughs! Of course, I would like to do another one - he's a great character - but I'd have him do something meaningful. ?He's "the last popular Arab character in Western popular culture. Perhaps the real tragic truth of our time is that we no longer have a place in Western popular culture for 'good Arabs' - and that's public perception, that's not my value judgement. Perhaps that is one reason why it may well not happen. But if that's the case, then it's a tragedy for all of us."

March 15, 2016
DISNEY: Indiana Jones will return to the big screen on July 19, 2019, for a fifth epic adventure in the blockbuster series. Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous films, will helm the as-yet-untitled project with star Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role. Franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.
Alan Horn: "Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we canít wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019. Itís rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldnít be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven."

March 18, 2016
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: David Koepp has been tapped to pen the script for the new adventure. It is unclear if Koepp is working off any existing treatment or story. Lucas' involvement in the new movie project remains unclear.

March 22, 2016
Harrison Ford: "Not now. Iím not quite, Iíll be ready. Iíll be ready. Iím excited about this."
Q: ďDid they finally come up with an idea that you loved?"
Harrison Ford: "Uh, yeah. Yeah!"
Q: ďDid you demand that they kill Indiana Jones?"
Harrison Ford: "No, I havenít read the script. I havenít read the script. Iím talking about the contract! No, no, weíre here to kid around. I mean, seriously. Listen, thatís why we came, right? No, I, listen. The opportunity to work with Steven again on this character that isÖ Spielberg. Spielberg. Yeah. Steven Spielberg. The chance to revisit this character which has brought pleasure to so many people, not to mention me. No, itís fun. Itís great fun to play this character. Itís great fun to work with Steven. Iím looking forward to it. Sure, I can tell you the whole thing right now. So..."

March 22, 2016
Harrison Ford: "Well, I, yeah, I've always thought that there was an opportunity to do another. And, uh, but I didn't want to do it without Steven. And I didn't want to do it without a, you know, a really good script. And happily we're working on both. Steven is developing a script now that I think we're going to be very happy with. Why don't I just tell you everything that happens? No, of course not. No."

March 22, 2016
Harrison Ford: "No. Huh? No. Yeah, when they tell me I could come back and tell you. I donít know yet."

March 25, 2016
Karen Allen: "I wish I could enlighten us all however, I think itís a mystery at this time. I believe there will come a time where they make those decisions about who else is going to be in the film but all I can say is my fingers are crossed that they are going to include Marion back into the story and it will all be revealed when they are ready to let us know. Of course, the Ďtheyí Iím talking about is Harrison, Steven, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, they hold the secrets and the purse strings to the future of the stories."

March 29, 2016
Harrison Ford: "I'm looking forward to it. This would be the wrong place to announce details of the script."

April 11, 2016
Frank Marshall: "It's all about the story. I think both in the Jason Bourne series and on Indiana Jones we are not going to do the Bond thing. We think those characters are iconic, and those are the only actors who can play that."

April 11, 2016
Frank Marshall: "Weíre just getting the deal together and planning to bring on a writer. Itís going to be two to three years. This will be an original idea; but we have the character and itís not a prequel but continuing since the last one."

April 11, 2016
Karen Allen: "I'm very much hoping that Marion Ravenwood is a part of it. I would love to do it. This oneís as secretive as it has always been, but I'm very excited that they're going to do it."

June 8, 2016
Steven Spielberg: "We have a MacGuffin, that's all I can say."

June 9, 2016
Steven Spielberg: "John Williams will come back and score it. Absolutely."

June 15, 2016
Steven Spielberg: "Super excited. I think this one is straight down the pike for the fans. The one thing I will tell you is I'm not killing off Harrison at the end of it."

June 20, 2016
Steven Spielberg: "George is gonna to be an executive producer on it with me. I would never make an Indiana Jones film without George Lucas. That'd be insane."

June 22, 2016
Steven Spielberg: "I've never made a movie for my ego. The only time I've really used my ego is when you see I'm going to direct another Indiana Jones film. It's the only time I've really, where egos become a part of it is, where I make a sequel. And then the ego says, it better be as good, if not better, than the one the audiences initially saw in such great numbers that justified another one. And that's the only time that I wonder, why am I doing this, I already did it once before, why am I doing this again? And probably the answer is, so nobody else does. So it doesn't fall into anybody else's hands."

June 22, 2016
Q: "Will there be an Indiana Jones universe, eventually, like Star Wars?
Bob Iger: "Not like Star Wars, no. But we hope... right now, we're focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort."
Q: "Reboot? You've got Harrison Ford for this movie, and then the presumption is there will be a younger..."
Bob Iger: "Well, we'll bring him back, then we have to figure out what comes next. That's what I mean. It's not really a reboot, it's a boot, a reboot. I don't know."
Q: "THR has been using the term "requel" for these sequels that reboot the franchise."
Bob Iger: "Requel. (Laughs.) We [got] Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in the film. But then what's the direction? I've had discussions about what the direction is, [but] I don't want to get into it."
Q: "But you do see making more films?"
Bob Iger: "Yes, I do. I don't think it reaches the scale of the universe of Star Wars, but I see making more. It won't be just a one-off."

June 22, 2016
Steven Spielberg: "As Harrison matures so does his character and yet he did so many of his own stunts in The Force Awakens. He keeps himself in such brilliant physical shape that I donít believe when 2018 comes around, which is when Iím slated to direct the fifth installment coming out in 2019, I think Harrison is going to be able do a lot of what the script is asking him to do. Weíre not concerned about that at all."

June 24, 2016
Steven Spielberg: "Somebody told me I'm scheduled to make one of those again someday, but that's not for a couple of years. The script's being written as we speak." He canít say what that story is yet but he wants something that will push him and make him feel as anxious as he did when he was first starting out. "I like it that way, you know? I like coming onto each movie with my experience not being [the thing that] is going to keep me out of trouble."

June 30, 2016
Steven Spielberg: "George will be inputting. George is going to be an executive producer on it with me. I would never make an Indiana Jones film without George Lucas. That would be insane. By the way, George Lucas' fingerprints are on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, because that movie is an homage to Episode 4, 5, and 6. A complete homage, so George Lucas is all over The Force Awakens, lest we ever forget that.
Q: "What else is going to be in the new Indiana Jones movie?"
Steven Spielberg: "I can't tell you that now. We'll be back here sitting around in 2019 talking about it."

July 14, 2016
J. J. Abrams: "I don't think so. First of all, they certainly don't need me. Secondly, I really do feel like, as someone who has been a very lucky recipient of other people's original ideas, and getting to sort of help shepherd them and be part of it, I'm looking forward to helping be a part of creating some stories that maybe one day someone can talk about rebooting."

July 16, 2016
David Koepp: "I said, 'I know youíre mixing and prepping and doing interviews. Do you have the head space for this? You may be trying to do air traffic control in your head right now.' He wrote back and said, 'Let me worry about the air traffic control, you circle and chatter.' OK, here you go. I dumped all my ideas on him. There's a remarkable amount of head space."

July 17, 2016
Lynwen Brennan: "Kiri [Hart] and her group have mapped out a story and timeline across multiple platforms many years in advance, many exhausting years in advance. We have a great honor to have responsibility for, so we want to be really careful with that. Not only for Star Wars but with Indiana Jones, which weíre all really excited about as well."

July 24, 2016
Steven Spielberg: "There is going to be Indiana Jones 5 and the script is being written. I donít even start shooting it until mid-2018. It is a long time. I have a couple of films coming out before that."

July 29, 2016
Q: "An Indiana Jones movie universe. Did you see those quotes?"
Frank Marshall: "I have not seen those quotes. Itís coming out of left field. It makes sense that they want to, now that they have the universe, that they want to turn it into something like they have with Star Wars. So itís not surprising but they havenít had any discussions with me, so I donít know. Iím excited too, itís my favorite franchise that Iíve worked on and certainly did a lot of landmark things for me on Raiders. Weíre still way early in the process, weíve hired a writer, David Koepp, and Steven is out filming another movie now and the rest of us are on our current projects. So itís in a very, very infant, beginning stages so thereís really not much to report."

August 23, 2016
Cozy Sweater Cafe: Martin Villeneuve wrote a pitch for Indiana Jones 5.

August 25, 2016
Heather Antos: "The best movies ever! Sorry, Star Wars! I love ya! Just...not as much as I love Indy! Man, I WISH we could do Indy comics. One day. But for now my life is all Star Wars."

October 25, 2016
Q: Lucas involved with story?
David Koepp: "Heís not, to my knowledge. Iíve had no contact with him. I think that what [Indy] looks for and when he looks for it dictates what the movieís gonna be. So the selection of the MacGuffin is everything. Iím deeply immersed as we speak. All I can say is that thereís 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." Steve asked Koepp if the film feels like itís really going to happen. "Yes, it does. It feels like it has a lot of momentum behind it. We have top men working on it as we speak (laughs). No, itís going really well. I really like our idea; I think itís clean and simple and makes a lot of sense, and I feel like the writing is going really well." This particular story idea was hatched by he and Spielberg.
Q: Filming in 2017?
David Koepp: "Thatís a tough one, I hope so. Itís certainly OK for me and Iíll be ready, but my schedule isnít the tough one. So I think October. I hope, I hope so. Weíll see. Thatís a hard one to answer."

November 28, 2016
Frank Marshall: "I have no information. I don't think we're going to start talking about that one for about a year."

November 29, 2016
Frank Marshall: "Iím kinda waiting in the wings here for somebody to tell me what weíre doing, so I actually donít know theyíre talking about. Iím more on the side of once thereís a script, I go get it made, so I donít know where theyíre going with this one. Now Lucasfilm is at Disney, so itís a little bit different."

November 30, 2016
Frank Marshall: "That's still in the thinking stages."
Q: Karen Allen to return?
Frank Marshall: "I don't know, because that's one I'm not involved in until they come up with the idea and the plan of where they want to go. Then I get involved."

November 30, 2016
Frank Marshall: "David Koepp is writing the script and itís very secretive."
Q: Indy in space?
Frank Marshall: (Laughs) "Iíll make sure to talk to David about that. My personal feeling on it is that Harrison Ford is always going to be Indiana Jones."

December 5, 2016
Frank Marshall: "Itís a question of looking at it and not forgetting where it came from. The basic idea was built off of the serials. Now we want to keep going on these adventures with Indiana Jones in a serial way. You really have to remember how you got there."

December 6, 2016
Frank Marshall: "I really haven't had any discussions yet about Indiana Jones. That's now over at Disney and part of Lucasfilm, so we really haven't any meetings on it. I really don't know yet. I think there's a release date of 2019, so that's a year away."

December 7, 2016
Frank Marshall: "Just the early stages. David Koepp is our screenwriter and we're all talking, but there's really nothing down on paper yet. It's a wonderful team like we had on Bourne. It's nice to have your friends that you've known. Look, I've known Harrison and obviously Steven and the whole group for 30 years now. So it's nice to have everybody back together as kind of a reunion. Listen, I watched [Ford] in Star Wars, and I don't think he's going to have any problem!"

 

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