The Indiana Jones 5 movie was announced just a few days ago and it did not take long before news emerged on who will be joining Steven Spielberg as the script writer in making the movie. According to Hollywood Reporter, David Koepp, who has worked with Speilberg on several movies, will write the script for Indiana Jones 5.
The selection of Harrison Ford to play the role of Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones 5, the movie, has been criticized massively since its announcement early this week with many pointing to the age of the legendary actor. Ford played the lead role in the previous four editions of Indiana Jones movies, but his inclusion in the cast for the fifth edition of the movie is seen as a potential downside for Indiana Jones 5, with some fans terming it a cash grab as earlier reported by The Inquisitr.
Indiana Jones 5 is scheduled for release on July 19, 2019. By that time, Harrison Ford will have turned 77, and now most Indiana Jones fans are not sure whether he is the right actor to play the role of the adventurous Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones 5.
The age factor is pretty much against Ford in the new movie, and now, writers and movie theorists are already beginning to develop imaginary scenes of what could be the ideal setup. One workable scenario would be having the story to be a flashback to ‘1930s bookended by Jones decades later’ Borys Kit of Hollywood Reporter writes.
Nonetheless, that’s for David Koepp, Steven Spielberg, and Harrison Ford to determine. The plot of Indiana Jones 5 will no doubt mirror former Spielberg and Koepp movies, which means it will be as adventurous as ever regardless of how old Ford is.
Koepp will be picking up from where he left off after writing the last installment in the movie series, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Koepp, who is also a director, recently directed the 2015 action comedy film Mortdecai featuring some of the biggest action comedy stars including Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany. He is also the writer of the upcoming film, Inferno, which is an American thriller based on the 2013 novel of the same name.
Other popular movies in the adventure science fiction written by David Koepp include Jurassic Park (1993), and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), as well as, the science fiction disaster movie of 2005, War of the Worlds, all directed by Steven Spielberg. Koepp also wrote 2002 Super Hero film Spider-Man, as well as, Tom Cruise’s action spy movie Mission: Impossible, the first of five in the series.
Therefore, Spielberg has enlisted a writer who besides working on the most recent Indiana Jones movie also wrote other top movies for the legendary film director. Therefore, Indiana Jones fans can expect the best from the Indiana Jones 5 team, and the fact that Ford is approaching his mid-70s does not mean that he cannot deliver.
Let’s not forget that Harrison Ford recently featured in yet another somewhat resurrected character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, when he played Han Solo. Was his role adventurous? Yes, but probably not in the same manner as the role of Indiana Jones in the Indiana Jones movie series.
The character Han Solo had not appeared in any Star Wars movie since The Return of the Jedi in 1993. On the other hand, Ford recently played Indiana Jones in 2008, which will be 11 years later by the time Indiana Jones 5 is released to theaters.
In describing Ford’s character as Han Solo in The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams said that Harrison Ford had brought in some complexity “that a 30-year old Han Solo would not be required to have.”
“Harrison was required to bring a level of complexity that a 30-year-old Han wouldn’t be required to have. When you’re 70, you will have lived a different set of experiences. That [had] to be apparent in who he is.”
Ford has also been cast in a sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which suggests he did pretty well as an old Han Solo. So who says he can’t replicate the same in Indiana Jones 5?
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