After 39 years helming the franchise, Steven Spielberg is going to step away from “Indiana Jones” and hand the reins of the 5th instalment over to a new director.
While talks are still happening, “Ford v Ferrari” director James Mangold is reportedly ready to take over the directing duties. Mangold also did a similar job with “Logan”, taking on the “Wolverine” story and earning himself a Golden Globe nomination in the process – so the franchise could be in good hands!
Per Variety, 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”.
Good news is that Harrison Ford will still be in the film, with the actor stating recently he was ready to begin filming in ‘about two months’. Spielberg will still be a large part of the project, staying on as a producer.
The long gestating 5th instalment was announced in 2016 by Disney, and has been pushed back a few times, with the latest date being July 9, 2021. Given that a change of director has now come, the question remains if that date will be pushed back again.