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Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Screenwriter Penning Indiana Jones 5

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Last week we learned that Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg would actually be returning for that long-rumored fifth Indiana Jones movie. At the time, Disney didn’t reveal who would be writing the fifth installment in the franchise, but The Hollywood Reporter claims the movie will be penned by David Koepp.

If Koepp’s name sounds familiar, it’s probably because he’s been involved in a ton of genre products—he’s credited as a writer for Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Mission: Impossible, and, most notably for this project, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Although Koepp’s association with Kingdom of the Crystal Skull might alarm some fans, it’s worth noting the story of that film was created by George Lucas, who has yet to be mentioned by Disney in connection with the project. Koepp has collaborated with Spielberg on Jurassic Park, one of the latter’s most successful movies ever, so I’m tentatively optimistic here (if you’re also trying to remain optimistic about Indy 5, /Film’s Peter Sciretta has compiled a list of all the reasons this movie could hypothetically be great).

The Hollywood Reporter writes that it’s not clear yet whether Koepp will be working from an existing story, as he did with Crystal Skull.

(via /Film)

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