IGN got the chance to ask Ford that very question at the press junket for his newest film, The Call of the Wild, and while he was reluctant to spill too many beans the actor did promise that Indy 5 will “see part of [Indy’s] history resolved.”
“Well, I’m not going to share the story with you because that doesn’t seem like a good idea,” Ford began. “But we’ll see new developments in his life, his relationship. We’ll see part of his history resolved.”
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Ford added, “It’s a very good script. I’m looking forward to it.” That script was most recently worked on by Jonathan Kasdan, one of the writers of Solo: A Star Wars Story and the son of original Raiders of the Lost Ark screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan.
So which part of Indy’s history will the film resolve? Will fans finally learn what happened to Indy’s young Temple of Doom sidekick Short Round? Could an adult version of the character appear in this new adventure? Or will Indy once again receive help from his old pal Sallah? (Actor John Rhys-Davies certainly has ideas about how Sallah could return.)
While Ford didn’t directly mention actress Karen Allen or Marion in his chat with us, his remark about Indy 5 seeing “new developments in his life, his relationship” would seem to indicate that Marion plays a role in the story.
Whether or not Indy and Marion’s son, Mutt, played in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull by Shia LaBeouf, also returns remains to be seen, but it seems doubtful. David Koepp, who wrote the previous draft of Indy 5 before Kasdan, said in 2017 that Mutt wasn’t in his version of the story.
LaBeouf’s possible exclusion from Indy 5 shouldn’t really come as a surprise, though, given his very public criticisms of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Koepp also said at the time that Indiana Jones creator George Lucas is not involved in the fifth film.
One key creative who will return is director Steven Spielberg, who’s currently in post-production on his remake of West Side Story. Indiana Jones 5 is slated to open July 9, 2021.