Variety reports Steven Spielberg will no longer direct Indiana Jones 5 and that James Mangold is in talks to replace the filmmaker.
After a lengthy development process, production on Indiana Jones 5 is set to move forward with a scheduled release date for summer 2021. However, the film will begin production without Steven Spielberg sitting in the director’s chair for the first time in the history of the franchise.
Variety reports that while Steven Spielberg is remaining on board Indiana Jones 5 as a hands-on producer, the filmmaker has decided to pass the directing torch to a new generation to bring a fresh perspective to the story. According to the outlet’s sources, Logan and Ford v Ferarri director James Mangold is in talks to take over directorial duties on the film, though a deal has not been closed.
While Harrison Ford is still attached to the project, the outlet notes that the possibility of seeing the release date for Indiana Jones 5 pushed back again is likely. Spokespeople for Steven Spielberg and Disney reportedly declined to comment on the matter.
In addition to helming Logan and Ford v Ferrari, James Mangold’s directing credits include The Wolverine, Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line, Knight and Day, and 3:10 to Yuma. Do you think James Mangold would be a fitting choice to replace Steven Spielberg for Indy’s fifth adventure? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!
Plots detail on Indiana Jones 5 are being kept under wraps, but Harrison Ford has revealed that the film will see new developments in the adventurer’s life and relationships in addition to resolving part of his history. The film will mark Lucasfilm’s first entry in the franchise while under the Disney umbrella. John Williams is attached to write the score after having previously lent his talent to the past four chapters of the film series.
Indiana Jones 5 is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on July 9, 2021.