Steven Spielberg has decided to step down as director on ‘Indiana Jones 5’ leaving the door open for ‘Logan’ and ‘Le Mans ’66’ helmer James Mangold to slot right in if terms can be met.
Having directed four of the previous films over its 39-year franchise, Spielberg’s only reason for stepping back is to be able to hand over the reins to the next generation, sources have said Spielberg’s desire is to pass along Indy’s whip to a new generation to bring their perspective to the story. He will, however, be staying on as a “hands-on” producer.
Only last week, we spoke to Indiana Jones actor Harrison Ford whilst on the press tour for his latest offering ‘The Call of the Wild’, and asked that all-important question, what audiences can expect from Indiana Jones 5?
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“I don’t really want to give them what they want to see, I want to give them something they didn’t anticipate,” said Ford. “They are used to a degree of disappointment when you revisit. Certainly, the Marvel movies have made a spectacular example of a success of worked the other way around, they killed it! Well, we’re not going to make another Indiana Jones unless we are in a position to kill it. We want it to be the best. We’ve got some scheduling issues and a few script things to do but we are determined to get it right before we get it made.” Harrison said.
The fifth instalment of the Indiana Jones saga has a screenplay written by George Lucas, David Koepp and Jonathan Kasdan. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently stated that the year the long-delayed picture wasn’t a reset of the franchise.