Thankfully, Harrison Ford will stay on to crack the iconic whip for one final adventure.
Ford remains attached to reprise his role. Mangold is known for directing blockbuster films like "Walk The Line" (2005), "Logan" (2017), and last year's "Ford v Ferarri". According to sources, the choice to step down was ultimately Spielberg with the reason being that it's time for the next generation of directors to take the franchise forward.
Which makes the recent reports that the long-gestating Indiana Jones 5 is still moving ahead, but without the man, the myth, the beard himself behind the camera, all the more surprising. In the movie, Shia LaBeouf played Indiana Jone's estranged son, Mutt Williams. Then everything finally looked in place as Harrison Ford recently said that shooting was set to begin in about two months time.
A source "close to the filmmaker" claims Spielberg will remain on the scene as a hands-on producer.
"I'm gonna start doing Indiana Jones in about two months". "But there's no more information about that now than there was before".
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The publication notes that Spielberg will remain "hands on" in a producer role, though this will be the first time in the series' history that the iconic filmmaker will not serve as director on an in movie.
As far as making a more modern or fresh Indiana Jones, Mangold is a surprising pick. Ford said on the Today show. If Raiders was Spielberg and Lucas paying homage to their youth, Indiana Jones was surely a big part of Mangold's.
"This is a hell of a way to tell Chris Pine this", the actor added with a laugh, mistaking Chris Pratt for Chris Pine.
I certainly believe that Spielberg's schedule has been really tight and that also factored in as to why he made a decision to pass the torch.
"We're not going to make another Indiana Jones unless we're in a position to kill it".