It had previously been reported that Indiana Jones V was indeed moving ahead with Solo co-writer Jonathan Kasdan involved, alongside Steven Spielberg directing with a release scheduled for July, 2020.
This latest news suggests that a 2020 release isn’t going to happen for the popular archaeologist; in fact the release date will be pushed by several months at least and possibly a year or more. While filming was originally planned for 2019, it is said that the script has not yet been finalised, and that Jonathan Kasdan is to review an existing script by David Koepp, and possibly polish that further or deliver a new draft.
While Spielberg supposedly remains committed to the project he has a busy schedule coming up which won’t make things easy. The director is currently working on a West Side Story remake, and is also attached to “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara”, a 19th century drama.
This will place Harrison Ford at around 78-ish years of age when they are filming, amazingly it has already been a decade since Indiana Jones IV was released. While Ford was fantastic in The Force Awakens, they were obviously working around him in terms of the physicality of the role, and while there’s still room to make this happen it’s likely only going to become more difficult the longer it takes.
If Indy V does become a reality, it’s almost certain to be our final Indy outing with Harrison in the lead, fingers crossed this still comes together and takes this version of the franchise out on a high note.