Posted on Friday, August 20th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
In June of 2009, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull co-star Shia LaBeouf told reporters that Steven Spielberg had “cracked” the story for Indiana Jones 5 and that he believed “they’re gearing that up.” But as far as I can tell, no screenwriter has been hired to turn that idea into a script. Indiana Jones star Harrison Ford reiterated the first part of Shia’s previous statement, telling the BBC in March of this year that “Steven [Spielberg] and George [Lucas] and I are sort of agreed on a germ of an idea and we’re seeing what comes of it.”
Ford went on to explain the process: “The process works like this… We come to some basic agreement and then George goes away for a long time and works on it. Then Steven and I get it in some form, some embryonic form. Then if we like it we start working with George on it and at some point down the line it’s ready and we do it.” Producer Frank Marshall was quick to respond that a script had not even been started, “Once we see that, we’ll see. We’re not going to wait another 20 years. We’d all love to make another one. I’m anxious to hear the idea!”
Well now Shia is claiming that progress is being made, a script is being written, he even got called into Spielberg’s office to hear the pitch and he likes the idea. Quote after the jump.
Shia LaBeouf tells Showbiz Spy:
“They’re script writing right now,” says Shia. “I got called into Steven’s office and he pitched a little bit to me and it sounds crazy, it sounds really cool.”
And while Spielberg has an idea he’s excited about, I’m not even sure a screenwriter has been hire I know there is money to be made, so this will probably eventually happen, no matter if you want it or not (but honestly, it can’t be worse than Crystal Skull, can it?). But if Spielberg is going to return to direct, don’t expect this project to get off the ground any time soon. d yet.