James Mangold Replaces Steven Spielberg as Director for ‘Indiana Jones 5‘. Director James Mangold (Logan, Walk the Line) has officially signed on as director for Indiana Jones 5, with Steven Spielberg moving into an Executive Producer role for the film. Recently, James Mangold spoke with ComicBook regarding how he approaches working in established franchises like Indiana Jones and X-Men.
When ComicBook inquired about his taking the reigns from Spielberg for the Indiana Jones franchise Mangold stated, “I can’t comment on anything like that. But, like in all my work, I’m always trying to find an emotional center to operate from.”
He continued, “I think the most important thing is, in an age when franchises have become a commodity, that serving the same thing again. At least for me, in the dances I’ve had with any franchises, serving the same thing again, the same way, usually just produces a longing for the first time you ate it. Meaning, it makes an audience wish that they just had the first one over again. So you have to push something to someplace new, while also remembering the core reasons why everyone was gathered. And to use Logan as an example of that, when you’re dealing in a world of a very pressured franchise.”
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