‘Indiana Jones 5’: Steven Spielberg No Longer Directing, ‘Logan’ Director James Mangold in Talks

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A big move on the long-gestating project that has been Indiana Jones 5.

Steven Spielberg, who has been developing a potential fifth film in the Indy franchise for years now, has decided to step away from the director’s chair. Variety broke the news, reporting that while Spielberg will still be staying on as a hands-on producer, the filmmaker wants to “pass along Indy’s whip to a new generation to bring their perspective to the story.” This will be the first Indiana Jones film not directed by Spielberg.

The outlet also reports that Ford v Ferrari director James Mangold has entered talks to take the helm. The news was also confirmed by Deadline.

Mangold has certainly delivered hits for 20th Century Fox, which is now under the Disney umbrella. Logan, Walk the Line and the recent Ford v Ferrari were all critical and box office successes, so at least on paper, he’s a solid choice for Disney.

The screenplay for Indy 5 will come from Jonathan Kasdan, who previously co-wrote Solo: A Star Wars Story with his father, writer-director Lawrence Kasdan. Prior, the script was to come from Jurassic World scribe David Koepp, who had returned to the franchise after writing 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

The still-untitled fifth Indiana Jones movie, which still has Harrison Ford on board to reprise the role, is currently scheduled to hit U.S. cinemas on July 9, 2021. That’s the third release date the film’s been given after repeated push-backs, so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Mangold is also attached to a Bob Dylan biopic with Timothée Chalamet as its star.

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