Indiana Jones fans have been waiting years to see Indiana Jones 5 become a reality. In fact, we’ve been waiting so long, it feels like it’ll never happen. However, last we checked, there was actually some forward momentum on the project. This past February, it was reported that Logan and Ford v. Ferrari helmer James Mangold would be taking the project from Steven Spielberg. Usually, a director means things can really start going, and with all the months that have passed, you’d expect they’d be moving along swimmingly.
Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be the case. That’s not to say it’s hit a brick wall or anything, but not much progress has really been made. According to producer Frank Marshall, the writing process has “just started.” This may understandably frustrate some Indiana Jones fans out there, but in the time of COVID, you can’t really blame any studio for sitting on some of their projects. And even if they had a script, it’s not as though they could act on it any time soon.
“The number one thing, obviously, is the safety of everybody – the cast, the crew, and all of us,” Marshall said. “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 a while. 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.”
This may seem like quite the downer report for Indiana Jones 5. After all, it’s been over a decade since we’ve seen Indy don his fedora and whip. However, it does sound like the studio has settled on the right director for the job. Speaking about James Mangold, Marshall said there were numerous reasons why the Logan filmmaker was the ideal choice.
“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 said.
What do you think of Marshall’s comments? Are you disappointed by the lack of momentum on Indiana Jones 5? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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