Confirmed: James Mangold Replacing Steven Spielberg as Director for ‘Indiana Jones 5’

LOS ANGELES – JUNE 12: The movie: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark , (aka: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”), directed by Steven Spielberg. Seen here, Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Initial theatrical release June 12, 1981. Screen capture. A Paramount Picture. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

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.”

Since he was unable to give details regarding what he plans to do in the fifth Indiana Jones film he went on to use Logan as an example of how he keeps the core values of the characters and stories, though he may have unexpected content appear in his films.
“For all of the things, and there were many that I freed myself from in the canon, in the baggage, to try and make the best story,” Mangold shared. “The core values of Logan, of Wolverine, and Charles Xavier and the X-Men, were something that I felt we never abandoned. The core ideas of their honor, their sense of duty, and the uniqueness of this particular set of characters that they were outcasts, oddities. Beings that had no home in this world, and yet we’re trying to do good. Were trying to do something right and find their way. Those core issues were at the heart of the movie. And in any franchise I take in, I’d always be trying to capture and make sure that we preserve those core ideas that are at the center, because that’s why these stories are more than franchises. They’re the fairy tales of our contemporary culture.”
Production delays have been a major issue for Indiana Jones 5. Several issues involving members in both the cast and crews and now the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hoping to see filming begin sometime in early 2021, with a theatrical release likely in 2022-2023. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for all things Lucasfilm!

Source: ComicBook

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