According to a new report at Collider, Indiana Jones 5 scribe David Koepp claims that George Lucas will not have any involvement in the story surrounding Indy's fifth at-bat, which would make Indy 5 the first film in the franchise not to feature Lucas' input on the story being told.
Here's Koepp's exact quote, regarding whether Lucas will be working on Indy 5's story:
“He’s not, to my knowledge. I’ve had no contact with him.”
This is not entirely unexpected. The rights to the Indiana Jones franchise were part of the massive sale Lucas made to Disney several years ago, and - as you've surely noticed - he hasn't been brought in on any of the creative decisions being made about the direction of the Star Wars franchise, either.
All signs point to Lucas retaining an executive producer credit on Indy 5 (this, according to Spielberg himself), but the story and script will be all Koepp. As for what we can expect from the film, Koepp says:
“All I can say is that there’s lots of aliens and Indy dies at the end (laughs). Lots of hiding in lead-lined refrigerators, aliens, and he dies. Should go over very well.”
Head on over to Collider to read more of Koepp's thoughts on the approach being taken to Indy 5 ... and what he learned in the wake of Indiana Jones And The Kindgom Of The Crystal Skull. Or just head on down to the comments and see if you can guess which MacGuffin Indy's going to be chasing this time around.