Just days after Disney announced that Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford would reteam for INDIANA JONES 5, David Koepp has been hired to write the screenplay for the latest installment of the venerable action adventure franchise. This will mark the fifth time Keopp and director Spielberg have worked together, having previously written the scripts for Jurassic Park, The Lost World, War of the Worlds, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
The logline for the film is being kept tightly under wraps, but the story will continue the adventures of globe-trotting archeologist Indiana Jones.
The character of Indiana Jones was developed by Spielberg, George Lucas, Philip Kaufman and Lawrence Kasdan, originating from Lucas’s desire to create a modern version of the adventure serials of the 1930s and 1940s. Raiders of the Lost Ark premiered in 1981, becoming the highest grossing film of that year. Its success continued to propel the career of Ford, who had launched to stardom in the wake of the success of Star Wars (Ford famously took over the role for Tom Selleck, who was unable to star due to contractual conflicts).
Spielberg, meanwhile, found himself back on track and in the good graces of the studios after his 1941 bombed. Ark became in instant classic, and is considered to this day to be a landmark in the action-adventure genre. Spielberg and Ford went on to make three additional Jones films, including Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – the last installment written by Koepp.
Koepp’s extensive credits include Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Premium Rush, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Angels & Demons, Ghost Town, Zathura, Snake Eyes, Mission: Impossible, and Carlito’s Way.
Koepp is repped by CAA.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor