There’s your confirmation that yes, James Mangold IS directing Indiana Jones 5, the 3rd sequel (Temple of Doom was a prequel) to Raiders of the Lost Ark, and that work continues on the film which is set for a July 2022 release. Producer Frank Marshall, who has been closely involved with the series since the very beginning – and don’t forget he played the pilot of the Nazi Flying Wing – discussed the latest progress with Colliders Christina Radish.

“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 explains that work on the script just started, which seems to point to Mangold bringing his own fresh ideas to the table, taking the reins and leading the series in a new direction. For those worried that will completely alter the feel of the series with Steven Spielberg vacating the directors chair, Marshall was quick to make a point.

“Steven is staying on as a producer, so we’ve got the best of everything.”

An interview about post-coronavirus filming clearly needed to address that situation and Marshall was keen to explain the measures that would be taken to ensure safety and compliance on set.

“The number one thing, obviously, is the safety of everybody – the cast, the crew, and all of us. So, we’re looking at the guidelines that are coming slowly, from the health experts and the studios and the different parts of the business, and we’re just trying to incorporate everything, so we can move forward and be safe. It’s going to obviously slow things down, so we’re trying to adjust. You won’t see a lot of big crowd scenes, for example, for awhile. There won’t be any more craft service, so maybe that’ll be good for people, in keeping more fit. It’s a moving target right now. There are a lot of people working on the solutions, to be able to work and be safe.”

It’s going to be exciting to see a new Indiana Jones adventure and intriguing to see which direction the team behind it take the film in. 14 years beyond Crystal Skull, the scenes featuring Harrison Ford will presumably be set in the early 70’s – don’t forget, George Lucas created Indiana in 1973 – so perhaps we’ll see Professor Jones who was born in 1899 somehow cross paths with the Maker. Could the film open with Indy watching American Graffiti? We’ll find out in a couple of years time.

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