As Harrison Ford continues to tease the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise, the studio will be making the film with a new director behind the camera.
According to Variety, Ford v Ferrari director James Mangold is in early talks to take over directing duties on Indiana Jones 5. Director Steven Spielberg, who has West Side Story hitting theater later this year stepped away so that the next generation of filmmakers could usher the franchise forward. Spielberg remains on the project as a producer.
David Koepp (Jurassic Park) wrote the latest draft of the script, Jonathan Kasdan (Solo: A Star Wars Story) wrote the previous draft. Producing Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce for Lucasfilm, and legendary composer John Williams will return to score.
Mangold directed 2019’s critical hit Ford v Ferrari for Disney’s 20th Century Studios, earned over $225 million at the global box office. The director also was at the helm of the 2017 smash hit X-Men film Logan. James Mangold also has The Force with Matt Damon and 20th Century Studios, and a film centered on Bob Dylan with Searchlight Pictures and Timothee Chalamet in the works. At one point Mangold was attached to Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea remake, we hear that project is alive with no director attached.
Indiana Jones 5, which is still officially untitled is set to hit theaters on July 9, 2021.