Steven Spielberg has decided to step down and hand over Indiana Jones 5’s directorial duties to another talented filmmaker and rumor is Ford v Ferrari’s James Mangold is in early talks to replace him. This will mark the first time in the iconic franchise’s 39-year history that someone other than Spielberg will be calling the shots.
As reported by Variety earlier today, “according to a source close to the filmmaker, the decision to leave the director’s chair was entirely Spielberg’s, in a desire to pass along Indy’s whip to a new generation to bring their perspective to the story.”
Spielberg’s departure might feel like the nail in the coffin, but most would agree Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was a complete mess, and although iconic director doesn’t deserve all the blame, bringing in some new blood might be precisely what the franchise needs. For those less familiar, Mangold is best known for directing 3:10 to Yuma, Logan, and the Oscar-nominated Ford v Ferrari.
During a recent interview with Hey U Guys, Harrison Ford revealed his expectations for the fifth Indiana Jones movie, saying that he wants them to follow in the footsteps of Marvel, because “they killed it.”
“I don’t really want to give them what they want to see. I want to give them something they didn’t anticipate seeing. I think they’re used to a degree of disappointment when you revisit — I mean certainly the Marvel movies have made a spectacular example of success that worked the other way around. They killed it. Well, we’re not going to make another Indiana Jones unless we’re in a position to kill it. We want it to be the best. So we’ve got some scheduling issues, a few script things still to do, but we’re determined to get it right before we get it made.”
What are your thoughts on Mangold taking over the reins from Spielberg? Are you looking forward to a fifth Indiana Jones movie, or should they have stopped after Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? Let us know in the comments below.