Indiana Jones 5 director compares his reinvention to Logan ‘Something new with core ideas’

Earlier this year, Steven Spielberg, who has directed all four Indiana Jones movies to date, dropped out of the fifth film but will remain on as a producer. Now Logan director James Mangold has been recruited to direct Indiana Jones 5 with Harrison Ford starring. And with a release date pushed back yet again to Summer 2020, the action hero will be pushing 80 by the time the sequel is released.

Fans will remember the eighties trilogy was set in the thirties.

While the much-derided Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was made in the noughties with a fifties setting.

To account for ageing and time passing between movies once again, Spielberg confirmed to Empire a couple of years ago that Indiana Jones 5 will take place in the sixties. 

Other than that, very little is known about the movie which was originally set to release last summer.


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But now Mangold has teased his approach to Indiana Jones 5, comparing his planned reinvention (of sorts) to the different direction he took Wolverine in Hugh Jackman’s final X-Men movie Logan.

According to Comic Book, the director spoke of how he’s always trying to find an emotional centre to operate from.

The 56-year-old said: “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.”

The director added: “So you have to push something to someplace new, while also remembering the core reasons why everyone was gathered.”

Mangold then went on to use Logan as an example of this approach.

He continued: “There were many that I freed myself from in the canon, in the baggage, to try and make the best story.

“The core values of Logan, of Wolverine, and Charles Xavier and the X-Men, were something that I felt we never abandoned.”

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Mangold added: “In any franchise I take in, I’d always be trying to capture and make sure that we preserve those core ideas that are at the centre.”

Considering Logan was a gritty reinvention of an X-Men movie that did indeed respect the core values of the franchise, a similar approach to end Ford’s time as Indy sounds perfect.

One last outing before retirement or maybe even death like Wolverine?

Of course, Indy lived to his nineties in the opening of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones TV series, but Mangold doesn’t have to respect that aspect of the canon if he doesn’t want to.

Whatever the case, Indy franchise producer Frank Marshall has confidence in Mangold, telling Collider why the filmmaker was the right choice.

He argued: “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.” 

Indiana Jones 5 hits UK cinemas on July 29, 2022.

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