Steven Spielberg Didn't Have to Look Far for His Indiana Jones 5 Writer

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Besides the name “George Lucas,” the biggest omission from the announcement of a fifth Indiana Jones film was the writer. It didn’t take long for director Steven Spielberg to land on someone: David Koepp, who wrote Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, will be responsible for bringing Indy back one more time.

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The Hollywood Reporter broke the news. Though Koepp wrote Crystal Skull, don’t hold that against him too much—he also wrote Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, the first Spider-Man, and many more. There are some clunkers on his resume to be sure, but a familiarity with the character and the director (he also wrote Jurassic Park: The Lost World and War of the Worlds for Spielberg) obviously made him a prime candidate.

What will be interesting to find out in the coming months and years is where the idea for this fifth installment came from. In the past, George Lucas would cook up an idea and Spielberg would run with it, but Lucas sold the rights to the character in 2012. You’d have to guess that wherever we see Indiana Jones go on his latest adventure, the concept came from someone else.

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We have some ideas, by the way, if Koepp is looking for any:

Indiana Jones 5 will be whipping into theaters July 19, 2019.

[Hollywood Reporter]

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Were Crystal Skull problems really script-related. It seems to be they were more execution-related - superflous Lucas-y jokes (prairie dogs, vine-swinging), crappy, crappy CGI effects, and horrendous casting of Shia Labeouf. The only two things script related problems fans mentions have really been blown out of proportion by the Internet rage machine, IMO.

- Aliens: A perfectly logical evolution of the franchise. The villain want to steal something powerful from an extraordinarily powerful extra-dimensional being and gets punished for his/her hubris. That’s the plot of all four movies. The exact description of said being - God or Shiva/Kali or Aliens is only a problem if you as a viewer insists on a rigid segregation between Fantasy and SF. And if that is the case, well that’s YOUR problem, not the movie’s. Not to mention that Alliens are better then misrepresented Hindu beliefs.

- Nuke the Fride: Yes this was impossible and ludicrous. You know what else was impossible and ludicrous? Jumping from a plane flying above the Himalayas in an inflatable canoe and landing gently somewhere near Bangkok, Thailand (known as Siam at the time.) (And if you say they landed in India and then went into Thailand, well, that is still quite a distance from the Himalayas, and even if they were at the nearest point in India from Thailand, we are still talking about a journey of more than a thousand miles to get to Bangkok. Unless they had some mode of transportations we haven’t seen, the kids would have never survived the nearly month-long walk back to the village.) Impossible and ludicrous is what this series had always been made of!