Variety recently broke the news that James Mangold is in talks to direct Indiana Jones 5 for Disney and Lucasfilm, replacing Steven Spielberg. This is certainly shocking news, since Spielberg has helmed all the other movies in the Indiana Jones franchise. The choice to step aside is Spielberg’s, because he wants to pass the torch to a younger filmmaker, someone who would bring a fresh perspective to the franchise. He is still on board the project as producer.
This decision might once again delay the progress of Indiana Jones 5. The film was originally set to open on July 19, 2019 before it was was pushed a year to July 10, 2020. Disney delayed the release once again to July 9, 2021 due to a change in scriptwriters (Jonathan Kasdan came on to replace original scriptwriter David Koepp).
While it is sad to hear that Spielberg is stepping aside, especially after all the fond memories he has given us through the franchise, Mangold is definitely a solid choice to spearhead Indiana Jones 5. Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, and his previous movie Logan is perhaps one of the best films in the superhero genre.
Mangold has a host of ongoing projects, like an adaptation of Don Winslow‘s The Force and the Bob Dylan movie Going Electric. These projects might take a backseat if Mangold comes on to direct Indiana Jones.
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