Jonathan Kasdan has seemingly confirmed that he is working on the script for the upcoming Lucasfilm project Indiana Jones 5, and naturally he chose to do it in the fanboyish way possible.
In response to a fan asking him on Twitter, Kasdan claimed that he asked his bosses how he is supposed to answer that question, but they supposedly responded “‘Just tell them that we have top men working on it right now.’ I said, ‘Okay, but I think what they’re asking is… who?’ And all they said was, ‘Top. Men.'”
Jonathan is the son of Lawrence Kasdan, who has a long history with Lucasfilm: he is the co-writer of four Star Wars movies and the original Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark. The father and son worked together on this year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, and now it seems that the younger Kasdan will be taking up his father’s mantle in another franchise as well.
It is said that Jonathan was the main catalyst for Solo, having gotten approval for it on the basis of the naming scene; that said, the movie was a financial failure, though the general perception among critics was that it was an okay film, if not spectacular. It is not the best record to build off from, but not the worst, either, and one at least senses that Kasdan is enthusiastic about the Lucasfilm properties that he works on.
For the record, Indiana Jones 5 was supposed to come out in 2019, but then got pushed back to 2020; now, with Kasdan rewriting the script (which was originally penned by David Koepp), it is likely to be pushed back even farther, meaning that Lucasfilm may not have any tentpoles coming out in 2020.
Of course, the film is fairly risky just in concept; Harrison Ford will be returning to the role, but he is 75 these days, and the fourth Indiana Jones movie, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (which Koepp wrote), is widely derided by fans. With all that in mind, it is perhaps understandable that Lucasfilm and Disney are taking their time and not starting production until they are satisfied with their script.
For now, fans will have to wait and see if Kasdan can deliver what the studios want.