Spielberg Exits Indy 5; Mangold As Replacement?

(Last Updated On: February 27, 2020)
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The reports say that James Mangold might be the new director of Indiana Jones, as the veteran-director Steven Spielberg is leaving the franchise as the director.

Whether it’s true or not remains to been seen. James Mangold is currently in talks to direct the fifth Indiana Jones film as Spielberg is leaving the project. This would be the first time other than Spielberg would be the director of the franchise in 39 years.

Projects like this have been in “development hell” for a long time and now it’s talks that a new director will enter. Mangold has prior to this directed Logan and Ford v Ferrari, both were praised by the audience and the Oscars.

The source close to Spielberg to Variety says that Spielberg wants to give the Indy story to the new generation and giving the franchise a new perspective. Although he will remain as a producer of the new film, co-creator George Lucas has retired from the show business and won’t be involved in the project anyway.

Harrison Ford is still on board for the film. But with a new director, this could push the summer-release 2021 back, which is still not confirmed from the people involved. The last film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull earned $790.6 million on the box office in 2008.

Source:  Variety.com


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