Last week, Disney confirmed the fifth installment of Indiana Jones, announcing both Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg as returnees for the latest in the series.
For the past week, a number of rumours about possible writers have emerged, and Empire are reporting that David Koepp has now been confirmed as the man who will script the project.
Koepp has a substantial history in working with Spielberg, not least in penning the first two Jurassic Park films. He also put together the script for War Of The Worlds, as well as the last Indiana Jones film The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. Koepp also worked on Dan Brown adaptation Inferno, which comes out in October.
The film is scheduled (very precisely) for July 19, 2019, and no plot details have yet emerged.
“Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019,” Disney chairman Alan Horn told Hollywood Reporter on confirming the film plans. “It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”
Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will also return on production duties, with both veterans of the LucasFilm franchise. Kennedy has become president of LucasFilms since her role in the previous movies.
The new instalment is also expected to include some young stars alongside Ford, with Kennedy having previously hinted heavily at a return once the latest edition of Star Wars had been launched.