Indy 5 “Will Be Something New”

James Mangold, who will direct Indy 5, the first not to be directed by Steven Spielberg, has hinted that it will be going “someplace new”.

Speaking to Comicbook.com, Mangold 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.”

“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.”

Yesterday, in an interview with Collider, longtime Indiana Jones producer Frank Marshall praised Mangold as the perfect fit to tackle the archaeologist’s next adventure –

“His love of the franchise. He’s a wonderful filmmaker. I think he also has a relationship with Harrison. 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.”

Marshall added that the current pandemic is likely to impact how the movie is made –

“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,”

“It’s going to obviously slow things down, so we’re trying to adjust.”

The long-awaited sequel has had its release date pushed back a number of times already, having originally been slated to hit screens last summer.

Indy 5 is currently penned in for release on July 29th, 2022, although this update from Marshall doesn’t sound too promising.