Spielberg, and all remaining interest, drops out of Indiana Jones 5 26 Feb, 2020 / 11 comments

Well, so much for a proper finale from the original team.

Variety reports that Spielberg has stepped down as director for the first time in this series' history. He is relinquishing Indiana Jones 5 of his own volition "in a desire to pass along Indy’s whip to a new generation to bring their perspective to the story."  He will remain as a "hands-on producer," while James Mangold of Ford v Ferrari "fame" is said to be in talks as his replacement in the director's chair.  Ford is reported to still be starring, but I wasn't born yesterday.

And just like that, the official ending of the Spielberg era of Indiana Jones becomes Shia LaBeouf shuffling out of a chapel.

Source: Variety



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    Alexrd on 20 Mar, 2020, 17:27…
    The series was over when they revealed that Lucas was not involved. Spielberg not directing this is just another nail in the coffin. Besides, Crystal Skull had a good ending. Another Indy movie without the key people behind it is not something people really want (even if they don't know it). There are more than enough desecrated franchises out there...
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    Kolzig on 08 Mar, 2020, 07:36…
    Disney will not let it go.

    Indy will be rebooted and some trash will come out.
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    Melancholick on 03 Mar, 2020, 15:17…




    I like Mangold. I thought "Logan" was great. The prospect of moving past IJ4's stylistic and thematic limbo with a director/writer of his quality should be an exciting prospect for the final chapter of the franchise.

    Instead, I just feel a whole lot of nothing about the idea at large.

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    AlfredJ on 03 Mar, 2020, 08:31…
    This "handing it over to a new generation" business does make it sound like someone is going to take over from Ford after this. Which would be surprising, since both Spielberg and Ford seem to have been firmly against that when asked about it in interviews in recent years. But I'm sure Disney would like more out of the second-biggest Lucasfilm franchise now that they've finished their first big wave of Star Wars stuff.

    I'm not automatically opposed to the idea of someone else making Indy adventures (Fate of Atlantis had no real involvement of any of the original guys after all), but I was really hoping for one last hurrah for both Spielberg and Ford. Especially Spielberg, I was hoping he could churn out one last great adventure movie after not being that interesting for the last couple of years. I would rather have seen that than a decade of yearly Indiana Jones: The Next Generation movies and spinoffs.

    But hey, we'll see what happens. Maybe it'll be good?
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    Jones Jr on 02 Mar, 2020, 23:16…
    This probably brings the way the series works more in line with the James Bond model that Lucas and Spielberg once talked about. Although they were talking more about the Bond girl more than other Bond elements! Interesting how they changed that approach in Crystal Skull.
    Now... will they make the ultimate move and get a new Indy too?
    Either way, mixed feelings about this, but I'll watch it either way!
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    ThunderPeel2001 on 01 Mar, 2020, 10:36…
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    Melancholick on 27 Feb, 2020, 23:09…
    Eh. Given Spielberg's sensibilities with IJ4 and the awareness that Mangold directed "Logan," I'm actually surprisingly unchuffed by any of this.

    At best, it's another well-crafted, ground-level deconstruction of a mythological hero in his twilight ride, energized by a fresh pair of eyes.

    At worst, it sucks monkeycrud and gets disavowed as "the movie that Spielberg didn't do," as part of the franchise at large.

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    ThunderPeel2001 on 27 Feb, 2020, 20:04…
    In all honesty, let's not judge until it's done. So many times fans get upset about things, and they're totally wrong. Remember when Battlestar Galactica was rebooted? Nobody remembers this, but the fans were spitting blood at the time. Now nobody really remembers or cares for the original series.
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    elTee on 27 Feb, 2020, 19:58…
    I say let Lucas direct it, and give him absolute carte blanche. What's the worst that coul=[disconnected]
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    Remi on 26 Feb, 2020, 21:03…
    God, one fewer item for us to cover. ¬
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    AlfredJ on 26 Feb, 2020, 20:37…
    You lost today kid, but that doesn't mean you have to like it.

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