Steven Spielberg has stepped down as director for the upcoming fifth film in the Indiana Jones franchise.
This will make the upcoming movie the first time in the franchise’s 39 year history that an Indiana Jones movie won’t be helmed by the famed director, who also created the character.
However, it looks like Disney is wasting no time in finding a new director to step into the recently vacated position.
According to an exclusive report from Variety, Ford v Ferrari and Logan director James Mangold is currently in talks to take over the job, though nothing has been confirmed.
Still, even though Steven Spielberg will be stepping away from the director’s chair, he will reportedly still remain on the project as a ‘hands-on’ producer.
And if you’re worried that Disney decided to push the aging director out, put those fears to rest as all reports point to the fact that Steven Spielberg’s decision was entirely his own. Reportedly, the director stepping down stemmed from his own desire to pass along the story of Indiana Jones to a new generation who could bring a fresh perspective to the story.
And though this is a major franchise, this actually this won’t be the first time rumored director James Mangold has taken over a franchise. Mangold took on the Wolverine franchise in 2017 with Logan, a gritty and grounded take on the character that ended up being a major commercial and critical success. It grossed $619 million worldwide against an estimated $127 million budget and earning Mangold an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
And while Steven Spielberg has stepped down, Harrison Ford remains on board the long-gestating film, with the actor recently telling CBS Sunday Morning that Indiana Jones 5 was set to begin filming in another couple of months.
Indiana Jones 5 was initially slated to open on July 19, 2019; then it was pushed to July 10, 2020, and then delayed again to July 9, 2021.
With Steven Spielberg out and a new director will be boarding the film, there’s a big possibility that Indiana Jones 5 will be pushed once again from its targeted 2021 release date, though spokespeople for Spielberg and Disney declined to comment.