Fresh off a Best Picture nomination for Ford v Ferrari, James Mangold has lined up his next project. Mangold is in talks to replace Steven Spielberg as the director of Indiana Jones 5, according to Variety.
Though a deal is still in the works, the expectation is that Mangold will take the job, marking the first time in the franchise’s history someone other than Speilberg will helm a film. Per Variety’s report, the decision to step down was Speilberg’s, and he’s staying on the project as a hands-on producer.
Mangold is best known for his work on Fox’s X-Men franchise, directing both The Wolverine and Logan. His other credits include 3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line and Knight and Day. Famously, Mangold was developing a Boba Fett spin-off film before the project was shelved at Lucasfilm.
Indiana Jones 5 will see the return of Harrison Ford as the titular character, his first time back since the disappointing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008. Production on the film was set to begin earlier this year but has been pushed back due to scheduling issues.
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