Indiana Jones fans might have been excited to see Steven Spielberg in the director's seat for Indiana Jones 5, however, word came out earlier this week that the filmmaking legend decided to exit the project.
Though there aren't that many details about the reasons behind Spielberg's decision to leave Indiana Jones 5, Variety's cover story for the upcoming movie says that the filmmaker decided to leave the director's seat because of "a desire to pass along Indy's whip to a new generation and bring their perspective to the story."
This is an interesting detail, one that suggests that Spielberg would want to see young, fresh minds at the helm of the upcoming Indiana Jones movie. Lucasfilm might have had the reputation of going through a cycle of creatives with its Star Wars film franchise, however, all four of the studio's Indiana Jones movies have been directed by Spielberg. Fans might want the director to handle the fifth, however, it seems like Spielberg wants to inject fresh blood into the franchise. Of course, while Spielberg has decided to exit the project, the legendary director has chosen to remain at the back end of Indiana Jones 5, staying behind as the movie's producer.
Right now, Lucasfilm has yet to announce a new director to replace Spielberg, however, word on the street has it that the studio has been in talks with Logan and Ford v Ferrari director, James Mangold.
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Indiana Jones 5 is set to release on July 9, 2021.