Well, it’s official: the next Indiana Jones film will be directed by James Mangold – but there’s still some way to go on writing the movie.

It’s pretty well known by this stage that Steven Spielberg won’t, for the first time, be directing the next Indiana Jones film. That the long-in-gestation Indiana Jones 5 will indeed star Harrison Ford, but that a new helmer would be required for the first time in the movie franchise’s history.

Around the time the news broke, the identity of that director came to light, too. Off the back of his success with Le Mans 66 and Logan, the name of James Mangold was mentioned. It was all but clear that he was set to take the movie on, but what was lacking was some kind of official confirmation.

Well, now we’ve got it. Producer Frank Marshall, in a new interview with Collider, has been chatting about Indiana Jones 5, and about Mangold. Marshall explained why Mangold was the right choice to take the movie on, declaring ““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”.

Marshall also added that the writing of the movie has only just got underway. Presumably with the change in personnel, a fresh screenplay is being put together.

The film isn’t expected to start shooting until next year, with a summer 2022 release date now mooted.

Here’s the interview with Collider.

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