I recently rewatched Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull for the first time since I first watched it in theaters. It was actually a little better than I remember it being, but for the most part, it was still a dud and the worst film in the franchise. Like many of you, one of the characters that I couldn’t stand was Shia LaBeouf’s Mutt Williams, who is Indiana Jones’ son. If you didn’t care for the character either, you’ll be happy to know that there will be no place for him in Indiana Jones 5.
During a recent interview with EW, screenwriter David Koepp talked about the next chapter of the Indiana Jones story and confirmed Mutt will not be in the movie:
“Harrison plays Indiana Jones, that I can certainly say… and the Shia LaBeouf character is not in the film.”
Koepp went on to say that the film has a script that they are “mostly happy with” and that it will start production as soon as director Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford are ready:
“We’re plugging away at it. In terms of when we would start, I think that’s up to Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Ford… I know we’ve got a script we’re mostly happy with. Work will be endless, of course, and ongoing, and Steven just finished shooting The Post… If the stars align, hopefully it’ll be his next film.”
Koepp also said that Dr. Jones will once again be on the hunt for “some precious artifact” but he obviously isn’t going to see what! Here’s a list of archaeological mysteries and discoveries that I thought would be cool for Dr. Jones to get involved with in some way.
Indiana Jones 5 will not be the final film in the franchise. We know Disney plans on more. Steven Spielberg has previously said that he will not be killing Indiana Jones off at the end and Disney CEO Bob Iger said:
“Right now, we’re focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort. 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. 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. 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.”
That sounds to me like they are looking to continue the franchise beyond a fifth film. It will be interesting how they continue these adventures because it’s hard to think that Ford will want to keep going, especially at his age. They’ll eventually have to pass off the torch to another character, but we know that character will not be Mutt Williams.
Indiana Jones 5 is set to be released on July 10, 2020.