A new episode in the Indiana Jones franchise has been developing for a long time. Steven Spielberg was originally committed to directing Indiana Jones 5, but was later replaced by James Mangold, best known for Logan and Ford against Ferrari. The filmmaker has closed his lips about his take on the famed archaeologist / adventurer’s adventures, but in a recent tweet, Mangold hinted that the film’s setting might well be the 1960s.
“The Velvet Underground is fucking great. That’s it. That’s my tweet. (Note – I mentally live in 60s NYC because that’s where all the movies I work on are playing.)”
The first Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, was set in 1936. The following movie was a prequel, The Temple of Doom, which took place in 1935. Then came The Last Crusade, which took place in 1938. The greatest time leap took place in the latter Indiana Jones movie to be released, Kingdom of the crystal skulls, which took place in 1957.
Initially there were rumors that Harrison Ford would be replaced by the next Indiana Jones adventure. But the actor personally ignored that rumor, confirming that he will return to the role for Mangold’s movie. Given Ford’s advanced age, it makes sense that his on-screen age would come close, which makes a 1960s setting quite logical.
Apart from the period in which the film is set, little is known about the details of it Indiana Jones 5. But Harrison Ford made his own feelings about the project clear by explaining in a previous interview that the goal is to make this the best movie in the franchise.
“I don’t really want to give [fans] what they want to see, I want to give them something they didn’t expect. They are used to some disappointment when you revisit them. Certainly the Marvel movies have made a spectacular example of a success [that] worked the other way around. They killed it! We’re not going to make another Indiana Jones unless we’re in a position to kill him. We want it to be the best. “
Ford’s desire to make his last Indiana Jones film finds the best yet a strong echo in Mangold’s previous blockbuster Logan, which was Hugh Jackman’s last film as Wolverine, and is widely recognized as the best film in the X-Men series. Mangold, for his part, had previously said that his goal in making a franchise movie is to combine the reassuringly familiar with the thrillingly unexpected.
‘I always try to find an emotional center to operate from. I think most importantly, at a time when franchises have become a commodity, the same thing is being served again. At least for me, in the dances I’ve had with franchises, serving the same thing again, in the same way, usually only triggers a craving for the first time you ate it. This means that an audience would wish they had it again the first time. So you have to push something to a new place, while also remembering the main reasons everyone was together. And to use Logan as an example of that, when you’re dealing with a world of franchise under pressure. “
Directed and written by James Mangold and with Harrison Ford, the currently untitled fifth Indiana Jones film will be released on July 29, 2022.
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