James Mangold in Talks to Replace Steven Spielberg for Indiana Jones 5

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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.

After overseeing the production of four movies in the Indiana Jones franchise, the legendary Steven Spielberg will not be returning to direct the upcoming fifth installment, Variety revealed today.

Within the Kind legend covering the Indiana Jones 5 legend, it is said Spielberg made up our minds to vacate the director's chair on his private accord, out of "a desire to pass alongside Indy's whip to a brand original abilities and produce their perspective to the legend".

Director James Mangold, of the movie, "Logan", is photographed at 20th Century Fox Studios for Los Angeles Times on November 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Now said to be in talks is James Mangold, helmsman of a great many good movies, from Walk The Line to Logan and the most recent, the acclaimed and Oscar-nominated Ford v Ferrari. As such, Spielberg has put a decidedly singular stamp on the entire series.

For those hoping Steven Spielberg would get to make up for the disappointing "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" with a proper send off for Harrison Ford's beloved archeologist, we have some bad news. This was an unpleasant snake bite for the project, an issue that got even worse when Spielberg went on to direct his WEST SIDE STORY musical passion project. It was then pushed to July 10, 2020 and again to July 9, 2021.

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Recently, while doing press for his last show, THE CALL OF THE WILD, Ford told CBS Sunday Morning that he was "You will start doing & # 39; Indiana Jones & # 39; in about two months".

Harrison Ford, meanwhile, is still on the project. But David Koepp (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) is now writing a new draft.

"The actors, and the crew, the chippies, the sparks, the drivers - everybody who has helped me make my movies here, and will continue helping me make my movies here when I come back in April 2019 to make the fifth Indiana Jones movie right here".

Ford and Spielberg first worked together on 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark, which the duo followed up with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).

Indiana Jones 5 has been in the works for a few years now.

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