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David Koepp to pen fifth Indiana Jones movie

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Story by Jack Foley

LONG-TIME Steven Spielberg collaborator David Koepp has been signed up to pen the script for the new Indiana Jones movie, the fifth in the series.

Koepp previously wrote the screenplay for 1993’s Jurassic Park as well Spielberg movies The Lost World: Jurassic Park and War of the Worlds. A little more worryingly, he also co-wrote the previous Indiana Jones movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

However, plot details remain firmly under wraps and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is it not even certain whether Koepp is working off an existing treatment or a new story. Crystal Skull did go through several drafts before making it to the screen.

It is also unclear how the script will address the age factor of leading man Harrison Ford, who will be 77-years-old when the new movie is released on July 19, 2019. Some early reports have speculated that the new movie could be used as a vehicle to introduce a new generation Indiana Jones, while others have suggested that the story could be a flashback set in a classic Jones time period (such as the 1930s), which would be book-ended by Jones in later decades.

In addition to writing for Spielberg, Koepp has also penned scripts for the first Mission: Impossible and the first Spider-Man, and most recently completed work on Sony’s upcoming adaptation of the Dan Brown novel, Inferno, which stars Tom Hanks.

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