A few months ago, it was reported that James Mangold is set to be the first person not named Steven Speilberg to direct an “Indiana Jones” film. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker is now set to helm “Indiana Jones 5,” and according to one of the film’s producers, Mangold is the perfect person for the job.
Speaking to Collider, Frank Marshall, a producer on all four of the previous ‘Indy’ films, talked about the status of “Indiana Jones 5,” and what James Mangold brings to the table. And though it’s obvious Marshall is never going to say anything bad about the Harrison Ford-led film franchise, he definitely doesn’t hold back praising the new filmmaker.
Marshall explained that the “Logan” director is the ideal person to take over ‘Indy 5’ because of “his love of the franchise. He’s a wonderful filmmaker. I think he also has a relationship with Harrison. It was all of the right pieces coming together, at the right time.”
As for the progress of the film? Well, even though the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed just about everything and the film isn’t expected to arrive in theaters until 2022, it appears that the new script for the film isn’t quite ready, as Marshall revealed that work has “just started” on the screenplay.
Clearly, it’s still too early to tell what the newest (and presumably final) adventure for Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones will look like, but at least one of the film’s producers is excited. Now, we just have to wait and see if Mangold is the right guy to take the franchise and revive it after the disappointing ‘Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.’
“Indiana Jones 5” is currently scheduled for July 29, 2022.