The fifth film in the Indiana Jones franchise is on-schedule to begin filming in Spring next year. This confirmation came directly from Hollywood heavyweight, Steven Spielberg, who has directed every Indy so far, as well as being on-board to direct the upcoming movie.

Notorious for being a workaholic, Spielberg is one of Hollywood’s most prolific filmmakers, creating some of the most successful modern blockbusters. Along with the latest Indiana Jones, and the forthcoming Ready Player One, the director has been said to have begun casting for a new film adaptation of Broadway hit, West Side Story.

Empire Online were the first to break Spielberg’s news, which came during his acceptance speech at the Rakuten TV Empire Awards, where the director was honoured for his contributions to the world of film. Spielberg spoke of the British film industry’s strength, and how much he enjoyed work with his collaborators in the UK:

“It’s always worth the trip when I get to work with this deep bench of talent coming out of the UK. The actors, and the crew, the chippies, the sparks, the drivers — everybody who has helped me make my movies here, and will continue helping me make my movies here when I come back in April 2019 to make the fifth Indiana Jones movie right here.”

Details on Indy 5 have been few and far between, with the film not even having an official title or synopsis. While there are rumours that the story may take inspiration from the classic adventure game/comic Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, no details have been revealed past the fact that Harrison Ford’s iconic character will not be killed off, and frequent collaborator George Lucas will not be working on the story. Probably a good thing, after how Kingdom of the Crystal Skull turned out.

Ford will reprise the role of the fedora-wearing explorer, perhaps for the final time, and with Spielberg having confirmed Spring 2019 as the date filming will begin, it probably won’t be long until more pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place.

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