For the first time in 39 years, Steven Spielberg will not be the director for the next Indiana Jones film. Spielberg directed each Indiana Jones film since the 1981 premiere of Raiders of the Arc.

Variety reported that it was Spielberg’s decision to leave the position, “in a desire to pass along Indy’s whip to a new generation to bring their perspective to the story.” However, he will still be involved with the film as a producer.

Although a deal has not been confirmed, sources say that James Mangold will likely take his spot. He’s been in this position before when he took over the Wolverine franchise. The classical director has impressive resume, he is known for Walk The Line, Ford v Ferrari, 3:10 to Yuma, Girl Interrupted and many more.


Meanwhile, Harrison Ford confirms that he will appear in the next film. He told CBS Sunday Morning that he was, “going to start doing Indiana Jones in about two months,” and that the project is still facing “scheduling issues and a few script things.”

Disney first announced the next film in 2016 but the release date was delayed three times. Now that Spielberg will not be the film’s director, Indy 5 has an expected release date of 2021.


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