Indiana Jones 5: James Mangold Confirmed to Direct

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Frank Marshall, producer on every Indiana Jones film, has confirmed that Steven Spielberg will not be directing the fifth entry in the franchise, and will be replaced by James Mangold. Spielberg will still serve as producer on the film.

Speaking with Collider, Marshall praised the filmmaker behind Logan as the best person for the job for his “love of the franchise.”

“I think [James Mangold] also has a relationship with Harrison [Ford]. It was all of the right pieces coming together, at the right time,” Marshall said, adding that, “Steven [Spielberg] is staying on as a producer, so we’ve got the best of everything.”

Marshall went on to comment that the scripting for the film was just beginning, so there is still a lot of unknown about the film’s plot. Though, Harrison Ford has hinted that the film would focus on “new developments” in the character’s life, as well as seeing part of Indy’s history resolved.

The film has been delayed and pushed back several times, but is set for release on July 29th, 2022 right now. However, another delay is still possible, with Marshall commenting on how COVID-19 is affecting production:

“We’re looking at the guidelines that are coming slowly, from the health experts and the studios and the different parts of the business, and we’re just trying to incorporate everything, so we can move forward and be safe. It’s going to obviously slow things down, so we’re trying to adjust. You won’t see a lot of big crowd scenes, for example, for a while.”

Many fans are trying to temper their excitement for this film, with the fourth movie’s reception being less than stellar. Hopefully, this one can redeem the series.

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