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Indiana Jones 5 Update: Welcome! Everything Is Fine.

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BY February 28, 2021

Greetings, fellow Jonesians. It is I, the senior Indiana Jones correspondent. The last time we talked, outside of the movie reviews, was waaaay back in February. Gosh, we were so young then and optimistic. Anyway, forget everything I said then. The newest Indiana Jones 5 update is here and it puts paid to basically all of it. Well, Harrison Ford is still Indy as far as we know.

Indiana Jones 5 Update: What I Said Last Time

Indiana Jones 5 update image via LucasFilm/Paramount

If you pored over my tender missive about the Indiana Jones 5 filming last time, then you know that at that point, Steven Spielberg was still the director (as always). They were also pretending they had a script. Or at least that someone in a cast of thousands had begun writing it.

But my information did not hold. Less than two weeks later, in fact, the news broke that Steven Spielberg would be stepping down from directorial duties for Indiana Jones 5 and James Mangold would be the director of the next installment. Spielberg will stay on to produce.

But For Real This Time: Indiana Jones 5 News As We Know It

indiana jones 5 update image via LucasFilm/Paramount

Producer Frank Marshall, a co-founder of Amblin Entertainment, who’s been with the franchise since the beginning, spoke to Collider reporter Christina Radish for the Epix docuseries Laurel Canyon. In between the music talk, he divulged details about some upcoming movies, including Indy 5.

Marshall praised the choice of Mangold, calling him “a wonderful filmmaker” and saying that “It was all of the right pieces coming together, at the right time.” That’s no surprise to anyone familiar with Mangold’s work, including Logan and last year’s Ford v Ferrari.

Regarding the script, despite all the talk about various screenwriters being approached or even beginning work on it, that’s apparently untrue. Marshall told Radish that writing has only just began.

And as for when production itself will begin, obviously the big pandemic in the room will affect that. Marshall says that nothing is planned yet, as they’re waiting and watching for guidelines. He thinks, though, that it will affect the story. He said, for instance, “You won’t see a lot of big crowd scenes, for example, for awhile.”

Indiana Jones 5: Marion Ravenwood and the Getting On Her Last Nerve is expected to raid theaters in 2022. Laurel Canyon (trailer below) premieres on Epix on May 31st; check your local listings for the exact time.

Tell us what you’d like to see in the next Indiana Jones outing. Make up your own title. Anything’s possible at this point, so let us know what you think here or on the socials. Until next time, Jonesians.

featured image via LucasFilm/Paramount

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at salome@comicyears.com.

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