Indiana Jones 5 is about space Nazis at NASA in 1969

The first rocket ever sent into space was actually launched in 1944 when the Nazis sent a V-2 rocket 176 kilometers into the air. This is considered outer space, and when World War II finally ended, both the Communists and the West wanted to get their hands on the skilled German scientists.

And this turns out to be the basis for what is to come Indiana Jones 5. To Empire co-writer Jez Butterworth explains the plot of the film, which apparently takes place in 1969 (the year humans first landed on the moon), saying:

“The simple fact is that the moon-landing program was run by a bunch of ex-Nazis. How ‘ex’ they are is the question. And it gets up Indy’s nose…

It’s not just that the model of what a hero is has completely changed. It’s not just that they’re looking for something where there’s nothing up there – it’s like Reno without the gambling, or whatever his line is. But the people that are behind it are, you know, his sworn enemies.”

Director James Mangold also had some thoughts to share in the interview, explaining that he wanted to make it a film about an aging protagonist:

“It became really important to me to figure out how to make this a movie about a hero at sunset. The issues I brought up about Indy’s age were not things I thought were being addressed in the material being developed at the time. There were ‘ old’ jokes, but the material itself wasn’t about it. To me, whatever you greatest liability, you should fly straight towards that. If you try to pretend it’s not there, you end up getting slings and arrows the whole way.”

Indiana Jones 5 still doesn’t have an official title, but will premiere in June 2023.

Indiana Jones 5 is about space Nazis at NASA in 1969

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