Collider not long published an interview with David Keopp, and, while it was mainly to do with Inferno, he had some interesting things to say about the next Indiana Jones adventure. Admirably, he admits the shortcomings of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. When asked how the writing of the script for the next movie is going, he replied:
“I’m deeply immersed as we speak. All I can say is that there’s lots of aliens and Indy dies at the end. Lots of hiding in lead-lined refrigerators, aliens, and he dies. Should go over very well.”
“It’s hard because you can learn like if something maybe didn’t work as well as you think it would well we certainly wouldn’t do that again, but you wouldn’t have done that again anyway, you already did it, so it’s hard to say. For me it was the MacGuffin dictates everything, and so we tried to make the best possible choice we could. Not that nobody didn’t try to make the best choice that they could in the past, but we tried to give us the one that gave us the Indiana Jones movie we most wanted to see.”
Regarding the new one:
“I really like our idea; I think it’s clean and simple and makes a lot of sense, and I feel like the writing is going really well.”
And finally, he broaches the subject of how much input George Lucas is having into this one:
“He’s not, to my knowledge. I’ve had no contact with him.”
This is unusual considering that, at the very least, he was going to be an executive producer on the film.
It currently has a 19 July, 2019 release, what with both Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford both having full schedules for the time being but I can’t see it even making that date. Nor can I see Ford still wanting to do it by then. But we’ll see….