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James Mangold in Negotiations to Direct ‘Indiana Jones 5,’ Spielberg Stays on as Producer

I’m really trying to stay calm here, but the thought of two of my favourite directors working together is too much excitement to contain.

Following a long development process, Steve Spielberg is reportedly stepping down as director of Indiana Jones 5, and will pass the reins to another director.

Variety is exclusively reporting that James Mangold, director of Logan and Ford v Ferrari, has entered negotiations to direct the fifth Indiana Jones film. Sources maintain that Spielberg will remain on board with the project, acting as “hands-on” producer.

Insiders also state that the decision to step down as director was entirely Spielberg’s. He wants to bring Indy to a new generation of fans, along with a new voice to do it at the helm. Meanwhile, George Lucas, who co-created the franchise, will not be back, as he remains retired.

Harrison Ford is on board to reprise his role as the titular adventurer, with no other cast members having been confirmed at this time. Ford said earlier this month that the film would start rolling in about two months, but then clarified and said there was still some scheduling issues to work out.

Mangold is coming off numerous oscar noms for Ford v Ferrari, with the film earning nods for Best Picture, and two wins for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Editing. He was also confirmed to be directing a biopic featuring the life of the singer Bob Dylan, with Timothée Chalamet starring as Dylan.

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