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Crystal Skull writer to return for Indiana Jones 5

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The new Indiana Jones has a writer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Koepp has been brought on to write the film's script. That's either great or mildly concerning news depending on how you view it. Koepp has worked with Spielberg, who will directed this new movie, on several occasions, with writing credits on Jurassic Park and War of the Worlds. He also wrote the screenplay for Sam Raimi's Spider-Man and co-wrote the first Mission: Impossible. All of that suggests leaving the series with Koepp is a safe bet — but this isn't Koepp's first Indiana Jones: he was the screenwriter on Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which is known for having some of the series' most ludicrous moments.

George Lucas doesn't appear to be involved

It's not particularly fair to pin the blame for Crystal Skull's weaker moments on Koepp, however. Movies are typically seen as a director's medium — and Spielberg was behind the camera. Koepp wasn't working off of his own story on Crystal Skull, either: it was based on a story formulated by George Lucas. And this time around, Lucas doesn't appear to be involved at all. It's not clear what, if anything, Koepp will be working off of, but given his prior credits, Indiana Jones' script seems to be in better hands than Crystal Skull would lead you to believe.

The new Indiana Jones was announced on Tuesday. At the time, Disney gave very few details. Harrison Ford will be returning to star, and Spielberg will be returning to direct. The series' regular producers are also back onboard. Other than that, it's not clear what Disney wants to do with the series, but given how quickly this hire leaked out, it may not be long until we find out more. The new movie is scheduled to be released on July 19th, 2019.