Screenwriter David Koepp had been developing a fifth Indiana Jones movie with Spielberg when the director chose to walk away and hand the reins over to Mangold, who had every right to do his own thing with the sequel.
Marshall recently told Collider why Mangold was the ideal choice to take over for Spielberg: “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.” And with Spielberg staying involved, Marshall said “we’ve got the best of everything.”
I’ve never been a big Indiana Jones guy, but even I have a hard time picturing anyone other than Ford in the iconic role. I understand he won’t be able to play the character forever, but I don’t think fans are ready to say goodbye. I’m sure Mangold has come up with a way to address Indy’s age while keeping him front and center in a global blockbuster.
Ford recently signed on to star opposite Ed Helms in The Miserable Adventures of Burt Squire Aboard the Horn High Yo, and you can click here to read more about that oddly-titled comedy.