THR is reporting that Steven Spielberg has hired writer David Koepp to pen the screenplay for the recently-announced Indiana Jones 5, which is set to be released in theaters on July 19, 2019. Koepp's filmography is all over the place, with films like Jurassic Park, The Shadow, Mission: Impossible, Stir of Echoes, Spider-Man, Secret Window, War of the Worlds, Premium Rush, and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit among his many credits.
Also among his credits: Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which is a huge red flag for this upcoming movie. The only thing that gives me a little bit of hope is that George Lucas reportedly won't be involved in this one, and it was famously Lucas's idea to include aliens in that fourth entry — a decision Spielberg and Harrison Ford both resisted for years before ultimately giving in. At this point, no one knows whether Koepp will be generating a totally new idea on his own here, or whether he'll be working from a treatment or outline that already exists.
I guess it could be worse. At least it's not Akiva Goldsman.