Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones 5 has been pushed back by a year and will release on July 9, 2021, instead of on July 10, 2020, Hollywood trade publications reported on Tuesday.
Variety had reported on the delay in June. “Filming was supposed to begin in April of 2019 in the United Kingdom, but sources close to the production say that shooting will no longer start next spring and will have to be pushed back by months, if not a year,” Variety had said. “Part of the issue is that the key members of the creative team have yet to sign off on a finished script.” The film is being written by Jonathan Kasdan.
Spielberg is “in pre-production on a reboot of West Side Story and even looking at directing The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara with Oscar winner Mark Rylance”, Deadline added.
Spielberg had told The Sun in April that the fifth entry in the Indiana Jones franchise that began with Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981 would be the last to feature Harrison Ford as the maverick archaeologist.
Meanwhile, Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt and based on the books by PL Travers, will be released a week earlier than scheduled. The new date is December 19. The latest version of the adventures of the British nanny with magical powers who takes charge of the Banks children has been directed by Rob Marshall. The cast includes Ben Wishaw, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Emily Mortimer, Angela Lansbury, Julie Walters and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Jungle Cruise, a live action movie based on the Adventureland attraction and starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson, has been pushed by a week. The Disney production will be released on October 11, 2019.
Disney also announced that Maleficent 2, starring Angelina Jolie as the character spun off from Sleeping Beauty, will be released on May 29, 2020.