News arrives this morning that Steven Spielberg will not be directing the forthcoming fifth Indiana Jones movie, which is set to roll cameras in the next month or so.
It will be the first Indiana Jones film not directed by Spielberg, but it's said that he will remain a hands-on producer of the project.
Read more: Indy 5 to start shooting in April
According to Variety, it was Spielberg's own decision to step aside, with a view to handing on the franchise to others.
Now said to be in talks is James Mangold, helmsman of a great many good movies, from Walk The Line to Logan and, most recently, the acclaimed and Oscar-nominated Ford v Ferrari.
But even though Mangold would appear to be a safe enough pair of hands, for many, Indiana Jones movies are made by Steven Spielberg.
And no-one else.
Still processing the Spielberg/Indiana Jones news. pic.twitter.com/5Rc9OzZdyb
— Andy Rattinger (@Rattinger) February 27, 2020
A non-Spielberg/Lucas INDIANA JONES with a septuagenarian Harrison Ford, why bother?
— Jake (@jakeisgar) February 26, 2020
Making an Indiana Jones movie without Spielberg is kind of like making a no cheese pizza. Sure, you could do it, but why bother?
— Dr D.C. Ober (@ober_d) February 27, 2020
Steven Spielberg has dropped out of directing Indiana Jones 5 and James Mangold is doing it. This is just terrible news, I don't even want this movie if Spielberg isn't directing it. pic.twitter.com/a9aasyaDoc
— forstuffandfantasy (@forstuffandfan1) February 27, 2020
— Wally Balls (@MrBillyWalsh) February 26, 2020
you can't do INDY without Spielberg 😭😭
— Jad jAd jaD (@drnkn_fishstick) February 26, 2020
I don’t normally tweet about serious stuff but Spielberg not directing the new Indy is a massive pain in the hole.
— Tom (@baloobas1) February 27, 2020
Harrison Ford recently let slip that the movie is to start shooting in 'a couple of months', putting it around April.
So far, nothing is known about the plot, but rumours have previously suggested that it could centre around a fabled train full of gold stolen by the Nazis, which was buried in a tunnel at the end of Second World War.
There's no release date slated for the movie as yet.
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