The road to Indiana Jones 5 has been one paved with obstacles, from talks of reboots to script problems; the fifth instalment has taken more than a decade of development. The franchise is no stranger to long gaps; it had been 17 years between Last Crusade and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. That said, there's a strong case to be made for the end product not being worth the wait, but I'll save that for another time.
According to Variety, Steven Spielberg has stepped down as director for the untitled fifth movie and Logan's James Mangold is in talks to take over the iconic franchise. Spielberg will remain involved "as a hands-on producer", but this will be the first time in the near 40 year history of Indiana Jones that Spielberg hasn't been in the director's chair. Variety reports that Spielberg's desire to step down was "to pass along Indy’s whip to a new generation to bring their perspective to the story."
Speaking about his desire to make one last great Indiana Jones movie, Harrison Ford spoke to HeyUGuys revealing the script wasn't camera-ready yet.
“I don’t really want to give them what they want to see; I want to give them something they didn’t anticipate. They are used to a degree of disappointment when you revisit. Certainly, the Marvel movies have made a spectacular example of a success of worked the other way around; they killed it! Well, we’re not going to make another Indiana Jones unless we are in a position to kill it. We want it to be the best. We’ve got some scheduling issues and a few script things to do, but we are determined to get it right before we get it made.”
James Mangold recently helmed Ford vs Ferrari and gave Wolverine a suitable sendoff with the outstanding Logan. While Indy is a very different character, we can only hope Dr Jones is given the same attention and care for his swansong. Production was due to start in a couple of months, but it remains unclear if that is still the case. More on Indiana Jones 5 as it comes in, meanwhile, you can catch Harrison Ford on adventure mode in Call of the Wild in cinemas now.