In a hell of a news cycle, Steven Spielberg is out of directing Indiana Jones 5. This is going to be the first Indiana Jones film without Spielberg attached as director. The prospective replacement for the legendary director is said to be James Mangold. Spielberg won’t be too far away from the project though, he’s going to remain in a producer role. According to Variety’s sources, Spielberg wanted to hand off the reigns to another director. He wanted a different vision of the classic character for a new generation.

Harrison Ford is remaining on as the title character as well. This doesn’t bode well for the July 2021 release date of the film though. With a new director comes a new vision. Though that vision might not match up with what the current screenwriter, David Koepp, has. This is still unofficial with the changing of the director to Mangold, but he has success in films like this. Logan and Ford v Ferrari were two smash hits from the director. Logan being one of the most heralded comic book/action films of the past twenty years doesn’t hurt his case.

The only person confirmed to not be returning for Indiana Jones 5 is George Lucas. He’s retired from active duty in films and has only made sparing returns to shows like The Mandalorian. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was the last film in the series, made all the way back in 2008. That film, while disappointing to longtime fans of the series, made over $700 million at the box office. A new Indiana Jones film can’t fall into the same mistakes that one did.

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Source: Variety