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Steven Spielberg Reportedly 'Won't Be Directing' Fifth Indiana Jones Film

Steven Spielberg Reportedly 'Won't Be Directing' Fifth Indiana Jones Film

Variety reports that while a deal hasn’t closed, Ford V Ferrari director James Mangold is in talks to take over from Spielberg

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman

Steven Spielberg is handing the director's chair over to another filmmaker for the forthcoming fifth Indiana Jones flick, according to Variety.

The entertainment site reports that while a deal hasn't closed, Ford V Ferrari and Logan director James Mangold is in talks to take over from Spielberg, who was behind all of the four previous films.

A source 'close to the filmmaker' claims Spielberg will remain on the scene as a hands-on producer.

It is also believed his decision to stand down as director was his own, with the hope he can pass the torch onto another generation to bring a new perspective to the franchise.

James Mangold.

Disney first announced the new Indiana Jones film back in 2016, saying both Spielberg and titular star Harrison Ford would be returning.

Speaking at the Empire Awards last year, Spielberg seemed excited to be working on the project, saying: "It's always worth the trip when I get to work with this deep bench of talent coming out of the UK.

"The actors, and the crew, the chippies, the sparks, the drivers - everybody who has helped me make my movies here, and will continue helping me make my movies here when I come back in April 2019 to make the fifth Indiana Jones movie right here."

But even if our OG director is stepping aside, at least we will have Harrison Ford back in the hat - even if there have been a few delays along the way.

Harrison Ford.

The 77-year-old sat down with CBS to reveal shooting on the sequel will start 'in about two months', confirming he'd be reprising his iconic role to quash any rumours that someone new might take up the mantle.

When asked what the biggest challenge is when returning to such a role years later, Ford replied: "Trying not to look silly running around in tight pants and high boots."

I mean, fair.

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.

He continued: "I'll give you a more appropriate answer, considering that I'm going to start doing Indiana Jones in about two months.

"I'm always delighted to come back to these characters. We have the opportunity to make another because people enjoy them.

"I feel obliged to make sure that our efforts are as ambitious as they were when we started. You have a sense of responsibility to your customers."

LADbible has reached out to Disney for comment.

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