Steven Spielberg Departs Indiana Jones 5; James Mangold in Talks To Helm

Carla Harmon
February 27, 2020

In surprising news this afternoon, Steven Spielberg has chose to step back as director for the next Indiana Jones film, but a replacement may already be found. Mangold most recently directed 2019's Ford v Ferrari, a film that won two Academy Awards (for Best Editing and Best Sound Editing) and which also was nominated for Best Picture.

After directing all of the previous Indiana Jones movies, Spielberg decided that he was no longer interested in directing a fifth Indiana Jones film. According to a source close to the project, the decision to leave was totally a call from Spielberg, as a way to give up the reigns to a new visionary who will hopefully bring new energy to the beloved franchise.


If he signs on, the Walk The Line and Logan director will take over the project, in which Harrison Ford will star. Whether James Mangold is handed the creative reins to Indiana Jones 5 or someone else, even with Spielberg still being somewhat involve, we're entering uncharted cinematic territory.

Mangold is said to be in talks for Indiana Jones 5, but a deal has not been closed yet. The Kingdom of the Crystal Cranium stays a giant disappointment for lots of Indiana Jones followers - and there is no assure one other return to the character can be a hit.


Spielberg, who has directed every Indiana Jones movie from Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981 to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008, is now in post-production on the remake of classic musical West Side Story. It was then pushed to July 10, 2020 and again to July 9, 2021.

Who is still linked to the project is Harrison Ford, who recently confirmed that they would begin recording in April to reach the premiere date, now set on July 9, 2021.


The news of Speilberg's departure as director comes just a few days after reports indicated that the film's production was facing "scheduling" issues. Harrison Ford will be involved, yes. Let us know in the comment section below! Are you happy James Mangold will take up the fedora for Indiana Jones 5 or do you wish Steve Spielberg took one more bite of that apple?

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