It sounds like Indiana Jones 5 might be more than just the next chapter in a long-running franchise.
Director James Mangold, who will helm the anticipated movie - the first not to be directed by Steven Spielberg - has hinted that it will be going 'someplace new'.
Speaking to Comicbook.com, he said: “I think the most important thing is, in an age when franchises have become a commodity, that serving the same thing again. At least for me, in the dances I’ve had with any franchises, serving the same thing again, the same way, usually just produces a longing for the first time you ate it.
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“Meaning, it makes an audience wish that they just had the first one over again. So you have to push something to someplace new, while also remembering the core reasons why everyone was gathered. And to use Logan as an example of that, when you’re dealing in a world of a very pressured franchise.”
It was confirmed yesterday that Mangold will be at the helm, after reports emerged last month that he'd be taking over from Steven Spielberg.
Producer Frank Marshall, who's been behind all the Indiana Jones movies, spoke of Mangold's 'love of the franchise' being key to his appointment.
“He’s a wonderful filmmaker. I think he also has a relationship with Harrison,” Marshall told Collider. “It was all of the right pieces coming together, at the right time. Steven is staying on as a producer, so we’ve got the best of everything.”
The movie was just weeks away from commencing filming prior to the worldwide pandemic lockdown, with production schedules now somewhat in the air.
As for when it will recommence, Marshall added: “The number one thing, obviously, is the safety of everybody – the cast, the crew, and all of us. So, we’re looking at the guidelines that are coming slowly, from the health experts and the studios and the different parts of the business, and we’re just trying to incorporate everything, so we can move forward and be safe.”
A release is still being plotted for July, 2022.