Tuesday, July 23, 2024

With “Indiana Jones 5” Postponed, Steven Spielberg Moves Forward on “West Side Story”


Good news, bad news for Steven Spielberg and his fans.

“Indiana Jones 5” won’t hit screens until July 2021. Yesterday came the announcement that “Indy 5” won’t start shooting until 2020. Harrison Ford will be 79 the week this film opens. There’s no word exactly on why the postponement from 2020, but at this rate you can guess that a new, younger Indy– and not Shia LaBeouf– will be at the center of the story.

Just to give some perspective: When Sean Connery played Indy’s dad in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” the James Bond actor was 59. Connery is now 88 years old. His character could easily have an ADULT grandson olderĀ  than Indy was in that movie.

Meantime with “Indy 5” waiting, Spielberg is moving ahead on his remake of “West Side Story.” The production has already had open casting calls all over the country. I’m told all systems are go. In all likelihood, stars will get the big roles, although there could be one or two unknowns who figure in the production. I don’t know why Spielberg wants to update this story, but again, as I’ve said before, it sure feels like Ansel Elgort, Selena Gomez, and Camila Cabello should be inĀ  that movie. We’ll see…


Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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