Ever since last week’s announcement that Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford would return for a fifth Indiana Jones instalment, debate has been rife about which new faces would be showing up, as well as the familiar faces that would be coming back for it. Well, someone has already been confirmed on the writing side of things – although it won’t necessarily be the person everyone will have wanted.
This person is David Koepp, who has previously worked with Spielberg on a number of his productions, the first two Jurassic Park movies being among their number. However, one of the others is Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, which for obvious reasons won’t exactly be great news for those who wanted this to go a different route to that particular film. We’re sure certain sections of the fanbase will be voicing their outrage already.
Then again, perhaps this is a bit unfair. It’s not as if the actual script was bad, per se – sure, the overall idea didn’t exactly fit in with the whole Indiana Jones aesthetic we’ve come to expect, but it’s impossible to ascertain to what extent these were Koepp’s ideas or anyone else’s.
Besides, the rest of his screenwriting credits indicates that there’s potential for a good film. Spider-Man, Mission: Impossible and Carlito’s Way all bear his name on their credits, as do fairly competent popcorn movies like Zathura, Angels And Demons and War Of The Worlds, so we’re willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on this one.
Koepp joins Spielberg and the returning Harrison Ford as Dr Henry ‘Indiana’ Jones, with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall both attached as producers along with Spielberg.
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