The Indiana Jones trilogy is probably one of the most cherished franchise in film history. Much like what George Lucas did with the prequels, Steven Spielberg did it with the 2008 Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I even consider the Blu-Ray release of the Indiana Jones Complete Adventure set as the original trilogy and a rather expensive coaster. Although, it seems they will be repairing one mistake they made.
Shia LaBeouf’s character of Mutt Williams will not be appearing in the follow-up. After a collective sigh, in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, writer David Koepp confirmed that news. Not to anyone’s complete surprise. “Harrison plays Indiana Jones, that I can certainly say,” Koepp said. “And the Shia LaBeouf character is not in the film.”
He went on to say that he and Spielberg are “mostly happy” with the current draft. If you remember, the last film was the version of the script that everyone involved was happy with. So take that comment as you will. The film will follow “some precious artifact that they’re all looking for,” Koepp said, though no other details are available.
LaBeouf’s omittion from the next film was sealed after a series of comments badmouthing the film and Spielberg.
In 2010 Los Angeles Times interview, LaBeouf said, “I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished.” Speaking to Variety, LaBeouf said of Spielberg, “I grew up with this idea, if you got to Spielberg, that’s where it is. You get there, and you realize you’re not meeting the Spielberg you dream of. You’re meeting a different Spielberg, who is in a different stage in his career. He’s less a director than he is a f**king company.”