James Mangold Replacing Steven Spielberg As ‘Indiana Jones 5’ Director (REPORT)

Are we about to see a gritty "Old Man Indy"?  If this new story from The Hollywood Reporter is correct, there's at least a chance we might.  Steven Spielberg has vacated the director's chair for Indiana Jones 5 and James Mangold is in talks to replace him.

The report suggests that Spielberg stepped down to give a new generation of filmmakers a chance to tell Indy's story.  If I were to venture a guess, I would say that is probably partially true, but it's not like the last one went well.  Mangold would certainly be a great addition, coming off of the multiple award nominated Ford v. Ferrari.  Comic book movie fans might also remember that Mangold was the man behind the camera for Logan, as well.  This tells me that Mangold knows how to handle lead, legacy characters who are a bit older and might be ready to pass the torch.  I'm not saying that's what this movie will be about, but it would be almost crazy if it wasn't (at least to some extent.)

This new Indiana Jones movie has been marred by delays, and was originally supposed to come out July of last year.  Now it is scheduled for a July 9, 2021 release.  Harrison Ford is still attached, and will be 78 by the time that filming would likely end.

Hear more of my thoughts on this coming up on Episode 305 of our podcast.

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