Steven Spielberg Dishes On Indiana Jones’s Fate, Superheroes, & ‘West Side Story’

Steven Spielberg is apparently a more magnanimous filmmaker than J. J. Abrams. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter for their June 24th magazine, Spielberg discusses his career, his company transitions (both DreamWorks and Amblin Partners) and his upcoming projects. Now that is set for it’s July 1 release, his current projects include , The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, and the fifth Indiana Jones film.

The next Indiana Jones film is eyeballing July 2019 for a release. Spielberg didn’t reveal much in his interview regarding the hotly anticipated film, but he did say that he is “super excited” and added:

“I think this one is straight down the pike for the fans… The one thing I will tell you is I’m not killing off Harrison [Ford] at the end of it.”

Clearly a dig (SPOILER ALERT) at J. J. Abrams’ harsher destiny for Harrison Ford’s character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This isn’t especially revealing information on a film fans are frothing for news about, but its a small reassurance. Can we ask him to agree to no monkey tree-swinging as well?

Please no more Shia Labeouf swinging with monkeys.

In an entirely different vein than his usual dramas and action films — or children’s films, if we’re being fair — Spielberg’s next passion project is a musical! Tony Kushner is working on a script for , which Spielberg finally got the rights to 15 years after first trying. Apparently it’s been on his to-do list for decades. Romeo & Juliet stories will always be a classic romantic scenario, but one has to wonder if he’ll try to update the story in a more modern scenario.

Maria and Tony pulling a Romeo & Juliet.

Maria and Tony pulling a Romeo & Juliet.

Interesting to note that as revered as Spielberg is, he questions the staying power of the superhero franchises currently dominating the box office sphere. The article states “Spielberg still believes that the superhero genre will not last as long as the Western,” which, with almost 70 years of Westerns is a fair point. But then again, comic books have been around for a long time and their depictions on the big screen are only getting better and in more demand. Time will tell, Mr. Spielberg. Predictions aside, Spielberg does appear to at least

As for his upcoming slate: The BFG comes out July 1, is slated for a March 2018 release, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara is due November 2017, and we’ll keep our ears open for Indiana Jones 5 news as it comes.



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