Filming for the oft-delayed and still-untitled Indiana Jones 5 has nearly wrapped, according to the film’s producer.

“Home stretch… #IndianaJones,” producer Frank Marshall tweeted Sunday, along with a photo from the grounds of Pinewood Studios in the U.K. Filming began on the project last June.

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Once shooting on Indiana Jones 5 is completed, it will serve as a significant milestone in the movie’s long and tortuous journey, as well as an undoubted source of relief to the filmmakers. Development on the film began almost immediately after 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which welcomed Harrison Ford back as the titular character after 19 years. Crystal Skull was met with mixed reactions from critics and audiences alike, however, and unhappy fans were quickly clamoring for a fifth installment hopefully more to their liking.

Producer George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg were intermittently working on early story ideas for a fifth film when Lucas sold the entirety of his Lucasfilm enterprise to The Walt Disney Company in 2012. While Disney chose to focus on Lucasfilm’s Star Wars properties, Spielberg stayed involved with developing the next Indiana Jones movie with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.

Disney formally announced the film in 2016, with Spielberg as director and Marshall and Kennedy serving as producers, providing a projected 2019 release date. Spielberg’s work schedule, however, as well the lack of a working script, delayed the project and pushed the release date into 2021.

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Spielberg announced he was stepping down as director in early 2020 — but remaining as executive producer — with Logan director James Mangold later taking over the project. A new script was co-written by Mangold, allowing filming to finally begin last year in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdowns, with a new 2023 release date. Shortly after filming began, however, the then-78-year-old Ford suffered a shoulder injury on the set during shooting and was forced to sit out for three months while the shooting schedule was adjusted to accommodate his absence.

Little is known about the film’s script, but the story is reportedly set in 1969, around the time of the first Apollo moon landing. The 15-year span between the releases of Crystal Skull and Indiana Jones 5 roughly aligns with the 12 years spanning the two films’ storylines. There is also speculation that the new film involves some form of time travel, as witnessed by sightings of actors dressed on the set as Nazis and Roman gladiators.

Indiana Jones 5 is currently scheduled for a June 30, 2023 release.

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