Logan's James Mangold set to replace Steven Spielberg as director of Indiana Jones 5
Logan director James Mangold looks set to take charge of the fifth instalment of Indiana Jones.
According to Variety, Steven Spielberg has decided not to direct the new movie, but will instead remain involved as a key producer.
According to a source close to the filmmaker, the decision to leave the director’s chair was entirely Spielberg’s, who wanted a new director to bring their perspective to the story.
Harrison Ford remains confirmed to star in the new movie.
The last Indiana Jones movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released in 2008 and there has been intense speculation about the future of the franchise in the years since.
Shia LaBeouf had been expected to take a key role, having played Mutt Williams — a.k.a. Indy’s son, Henry Jones III in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but has since confirmed he will not be returning to the franchise.
Reports then suggested that the character would be rebooted, with Parks And Recreation and Guardians Of The Galaxy star Chris Pratt strongly linked with the role, but it was then confirmed that Ford will be back for a fifth movie.
Solo: A Star Wars Story writer Jonathan Kasdan has written the screenplay. It's unknown if Mangold will want to work with another writer and if this will affect the release date.
At present, the film has a release date of July 9th in 2021.