In surprising news this afternoon, Steven Spielberg has decided to step back as director for the next Indiana Jones film, but a replacement may already be found.
Can’t say I was expecting this! The last we heard about the long-gestating (and often delayed) fifth Indiana Jones movie, was that it was supposed to begin filming in the next couple months. Something tells me, that might not be the case now.
THR was the first to break that news that Steven Spielberg will no longer be directing the sequel, which will mark the first time he won’t be in charge of the character. According to sources, the choice to step down was ultimately Spielberg with the reason being that it’s time for the next generation of directors to take the franchise forward.
To that end, it sounds like Lucasfilm has already found the next director, with James Mangold (Logan, Ford v. Ferrari) in talks to take on directing duties. This isn’t the first time Lucasfilm has tried to work with Mangold, as he was originally in talks to direct the (no longer happening) Boba Fett solo film. All in all, he seems like an excellent choice, and with Spielberg still expected to be heavily involved as a producer, I’m sure it’ll be just fine.
I know the gut reaction here is that “Indy without Spielberg” is a bad thing, but many said the same about George Lucas and Star Wars (even though he only directed one film of the Original Trilogy). Honestly, I don’t think this is a bad thing and I’m interested to see how another filmmaker will tackle the iconic character. Perhaps Mangold can bring in some fresh ideas that make revisiting the franchise with an aging Indiana Jones (something I still wonder about) more than worthwhile.
We’ll just have to wait and see. For now, Indiana Jones 5 is still slated to hit theaters on July 9, 2021. What do you think about this surprising change?