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The fifth Indiana Jones movie has been in development hell for a while, and it looks like Steven Spielberg is ready to step off and have someone else take over the franchise.
As per Variety, Spielberg is handing over the reins of Indiana Jones 5 to another director, and James Mangold is apparently in talks to take over. While a deal hasn’t been closed yet, a lot of fans think that Mangold is a solid choice. Besides Ford v Ferrari, Mangold is still getting a lot of praise for his work on Logan.
Though Spielberg won’t be at the helm of Indy 5 anymore, he’s still going to be attached as a hands-on producer. Hopefully this is a better direction for the franchise, seeing that Indiana Jones 5 could be another “passing of the torch” entry like The Force Awakens was for Star Wars.
When it comes to stars though, Harrison Ford is still attached to play the role of everyone’s favorite archeologist. At 77-years-old, I don’t really expect him to do any more running and jumping. If anything, I think it would be fun for him to take on the Sean Connery role this time, with a younger adventurer in the spotlight. I mean, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was supposedly opening up the potential of Shia LaBeouf taking over, but that movie was poorly received, so here we are now.
Indiana Jones 5 is aiming for a release on July 9, 2021.