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Indiana Jones 5 allegedly starts filming next August 17 Nov, 2020 / 3 comments

It has been a long, bumpy road to the realization of a fifth Indiana Jones movie, to the point where I wouldn't be so confident that road leads anywhere but over a sheer cliff. Still, anything on Lucasfilm's slate that isn't Star Wars is enjoyable to cover, so I'm always game to pounce on the latest rumors.

Those come from The DisInsider, who claim that Disney has booked Pinewood Studios for an August 2021 production start date. Even if this is legit, it proves little, as soundstage bookings can easily change, but the timetable does shake hands with precedent: Crystal Skull began shooting in June 2007 for a May 2008 release. The new film is slated for July 2022.

It's probably as late a start date as the project could get away with given that release date, though I'm sure that's by design. Optimistically, the worst of COVID-19 will be behind us next summer, and that's no minor concern when you've got an ambitious, globe-trotting shoot* carried on the shoulders of a 79-year old.

Speaking of optimism, it has recently been confirmed that James Mangold's regular DP Phedon Papamichael will be shooting the film. This is perhaps the one silver lining of Spielberg stepping down as director, as it permits one to hope that the movie won't be patterning its visual identity after Sky Captain this time out.

*At least, if they're making the movie correctly it will be. No more Indy installments shot on Los Angeles soundstages, thank you kindly.

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    St_Eddie on 20 Nov, 2020, 09:34…
    “I never get tired of confident predictions about things that don't exist.“

    Um, predictions based upon the travesty of the last movie. Spielberg uses the same cinematographer for all his movies now, so it’s more than fair to be glad that he won’t be involved now. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was pig ugly. As for Spielberg; the guy who made Raiders of the Lost Ark doesn’t exist anymore. He’s been replaced by the guy who made Ready Player One and more to the point, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. So yeah, I’ll be as skeptical as I please, ya. It’s warranted.
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    ThunderPeel2001 on 18 Nov, 2020, 22:36…
    I never get tired of confident predictions about things that don't exist. Personally I'd like Spielberg to be at the helm again... this time without Lucas (the film's producer) calling the shots on the technology front.

    Also, is it fair to say that Ford will want to kill off Indy this time around? He ain't gonna to do 6!
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    St_Eddie on 18 Nov, 2020, 17:32…
    "an ambitious, globe-trotting shoot* carried on the shoulders of a 79-year old.

    Speaking of optimism, it has recently been confirmed that James Mangold's regular DP Phedon Papamichael will be shooting the film. This is perhaps the one silver lining of Spielberg stepping down as director, as it permits one to hope that the movie won't be patterning its visual identity after Sky Captain this time out.

    *At least, if they're making the movie correctly it will be. No more Indy installments shot on Los Angeles soundstages, thank you kindly."

    Absolutely agreed. Spielberg departing as director is the best thing that could have possibly have happened for the movie. He's too complacent and lazy these days and the cinematography in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was noting short of a disgrace.

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