Indiana Jones’ son, Mutt Williams (a.k.a. Henry Jones III) will not be in the fifth film of the franchise, which was played by Shia LaBeouf in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008.
The lovechild of Indy (Harrison Ford) and Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) was introduced in the last film. Allen made her return to the franchise since the first film, Raiders of the Lost Ark.
David Koepp, who wrote Crystal Skull and now the fifth Indiana Jones film, spoke to Entertainment Weekly. He didn’t offer much.
“Harrison plays Indiana Jones, that I can certainly say…and the Shia LaBeouf character is not in the film.”
Given the mixed reception, it’s not surprising Koepp and director Steven Spielberg decided to go a different route with the film. Originally, Mutt was likely going to play a bigger role in the franchise with Ford eventually retiring as Indy as a passing of the torch. A lot has happened since with Disney acquiring Lucasfilm in 2012 and Ford’s renewed interest in coming back to the franchises he helped make famous in Star Wars, Blade Runner, and now Indiana Jones for at least one last hurrah.
Keep in mind that Ford is 75 and he’s going to be delegating a lot more on stuntmen when there’s action. If there was some kind of successor, there are maybe two films left, tops.
Koepp says he and Spielberg are satisfied with his current screenplay and production could begin in the near future.
“We’re plugging away at it. In terms of when we would start, I think that’s up to Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Ford. [The plot will involve] some precious artifact that they’re all looking for [throughout the film]. I know we’ve got a script we’re mostly happy with. Work will be endless, of course, and ongoing, and Steven just finished shooting The Post …. If the stars align, hopefully it’ll be his next film.”
LaBeouf didn’t respond to EW’s request for comment, but in a 2010 interview with the Los Angeles Times, he told the paper he felt as if he “dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished” and that Ford was not happy with the film either. Ford later responded calling his costar a “f–g idiot” for his comments. That probably didn’t endear LaBeouf to his colleagues.
The sooner Spielberg and Koepp get it to production, the better since it’s not like Ford has another franchise to plug following Blade Runner 2049.