Indiana Jones 5 facing production delays – report

Indiana Jones 5 has reportedly had its release date pushed back due to production delays.Back in January (18), it was reported that director Steven Spielberg was eyeing a fifth instalment of the Harrison Ford-led adventure franchise as his next project…

Indiana Jones 5 has reportedly had its release date pushed back due to production delays.

Back in January (18), it was reported that director Steven Spielberg was eyeing a fifth instalment of the Harrison Ford-led adventure franchise as his next project after, with principal photography due to kick off in the United Kingdom in April 2019.

But according to Variety, plans for the shoot have hit a snag and the production has been put on hold until “key members of the creative team” sign off on a finished script.

This means the film is no longer on track to hit theatres in July 2020, with some insiders suggesting fans may have to wait another year for the blockbuster.

Editors at the film publication report that crew members have been informed of the delay.

Meanwhile, Collider has claimed that Jonathan Kasdan, the son of Raiders of the Lost Ark scriptwriter Lawrence Kasdan, has been invited to board the project to make the necessary script changes.

Kasdan will reportedly replace David Koepp on the film, who was hired in 2016 having worked on the previous instalment, 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It is not known if he will be rewriting the existing script or simply be making tweaks.

Koepp has long collaborated with Spielberg, penning the screenplays for Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and War of the Worlds as well as other Hollywood features, such as Mission: Impossible and 2002’s Spider-Man. He is currently working on the script for You Should Have Left, a horror film starring Amanda Seyfried and Kevin Bacon.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Spielberg is also working on a remake of West Side Story and is attached to The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, a historical drama with Mark Rylance.

Representatives for Disney, the studio behind the latest Indiana Jones flick, have declined to comment on the report.

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Solo co-writers used Star Wars encyclopaedia to check story facts

Screenwriters Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan relied on an online encyclopaedia when penning the script for Solo: A Star Wars Story.The father and son writing team have a wealth of experience when it comes to the beloved franchise, with Lawrence previousl…

Screenwriters Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan relied on an online encyclopaedia when penning the script for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The father and son writing team have a wealth of experience when it comes to the beloved franchise, with Lawrence previously masterminding the screenplays for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Though one would expect the duo to know all the ins and outs of the Star Wars universe, they have now admitted that they required a little help from the fan-built online website Wookieepedia.

“We’re big fans of the Wookieepedia. It’s a great resource,” Jonathan explained in an interview with Screen Rant. “And we would have moments when we were writing where we would say, ‘Well what’s the cannon or non-cannon explanation for this thing?’ And then we go into Wookieepedia, the two of us sitting at the computer and we’d go down a rabbit hole about, like, the history of the (Millennium) Falcon.”

However, the 38-year-old acknowledged that dependence on a platform of this kind did bring some risks.

“We’d spend two hours looking at this stuff and then we’d think like, ‘Well, if this is open sourced, how do we know we’re not just listening, to like, some kid, from like, Iowa?'” he laughed.

British actress Felicity Jones, who played Jyn Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, previously confessed to using Wookieepedia as a research tool in an interview for the film’s DVD bonus features.

And according to Solo’s director Ron Howard, Tom Hanks may be the next famous face to make an appearance in the franchise, as he was keen to play a Stormtrooper in the latest feature.

“It would have been great,” the 64-year-old lamented. “He was shooting and he just couldn’t get there. But now that Lucasfilm knows that Tom Hanks is interested, I’m sure they’ll work it out someday.”

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