With The Post currently in theaters and Ready Player One set for release in a couple of months, director Steven Spielberg is starting to think about what his next film project will be. And Deadline seems to think it could very well be Indiana Jones 5.
Deadline’s report does come with a couple of caveats, though. According to their sources, the director has a number of projects in development and that another that could catch his fancy first could be a new adaptation of the classic musical West Side Story, a film that Deadline is describing as a “dream project” of Spielberg’s. The site also cautions that Spielberg could suddenly find his imagination captured by a script that moves him to put it into production right away, much like Liz Hannah’s screenplay for The Post recently did.
The Indiana Jones franchise migrated to Disney as part of the studio’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2013. Although the studio’s main concentration was in reviving Lucasfilm’s Star Wars franchise, they have been quietly developing a new installment of the Harrison Ford-led adventure franchise for some time, with David Koepp working on the screenplay. Meanwhile, scripter Tony Kushner has been working on the proposed new adaptation of West Side Story.
So things are currently in a state of flux and Spielberg’s interest could change at the drop of a hat. But then again, Disney has been looking to get Indiana Jones 5 into theaters by 2020 and Harrison Ford is not spring chicken.