Published On: Sat, Jan 20th, 2018

‘Indiana Jones 5’ next for Spielberg, ‘West Side Story’ remake to follow

After The Post and the upcoming Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg appears to be headed back to his roots and begin production on a new Indiana Jones film, the fifth film in the franchise, but the first since Disney purchased Lucasfilm.

Deadline reported on the news: “There are several percolating, but sources say he is eyeing Indiana Jones, and then would either precede or follow quickly with another pic. I’m hearing that one might be his dream project, a new version of West Side Story. Spielberg’s camp had no comment on his plans.”

It has long been rumored that Spielberg has sought to cast Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt as the face of the films moving forward with Harrison Ford likely to make one more appearance., which was confirmed to be a project for 2019.

While Deadline notes that it is unclear if those plans are set in stone, but interestingly enough, Pratt had some fun recently on Twitter with Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn and Karen Gillan with the mention of snakes, which fans of the Indiana Jones movies know the character to be afraid of.

“@jamesgunn I noticed you haven’t answered me. Let me be more specific. Can the villain in volume 3 be a guy who has a cardboard box full of snakes, yes or no? If no. Then how bout just a handful of snakes and he says, what up wit snakes? And then throws the snakes at us?” – @prattprattpratt

John Rhys-Davies has admitted he’d love nothing more than to reprise his role as Sallah in the fifth Indiana Jones movie. Speaking with Yahoo! Movies UK, saying: “I would love to have one last crack at Sallah. What would have happened to Sallah? I like to think that he would have been somebody like Khaled al-Asaad – that marvelous 80-year-old man who was defending his museum in Palmyra and who hid its major treasures and refused to give them over to ISIS and was beheaded in the town square.

“I think that’s probably how I would have seen Sallah. Sallah is the last Arab in popular, contemporary culture, that we regard as a hero….The world has changed, and that’s a tragedy for the West and for the Arab world. Perhaps there is no place for a Sallah anymore.

The script is currently being penned by director Steven Spielberg’s close friend David Koepp, but details on the potential cast are being kept tightly under wraps for the time being. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.

“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,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios, in March 2016, when the project became official.

“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.”

The new film is still set to arrive in theaters on July 10, 2020.

On the other project note: “Spielberg has long been interested in a new version of the 1961 classic movie West Side Story, which was co-directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins from the Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical. Frequent Spielberg collaborator Tony Kushner has been working on the script,” Deadline summarizes.

The Post is up for Oscar considerations and Spielberg’s Ready Player One opens March 30, 2018.

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