Indiana Jones 5: Spielberg Exits as Director; James Mangold Enters

Steven Spielberg has decided to hand the helming of Indiana Jones 5 to another filmmaker for the first time in the franchise’s 39-year history.

While a deal hasn’t closed, “Ford v Ferrari” director James Mangold is in talks to take the job.

Mangold has been put in this situation before when he took over the “Wolverine” franchise.  The 2017’s Logan was a blockbuster, grossing $619 million globally, and earning Mangold an Oscar nomination for adapted screenplay.

Spielberg will remain as a producer on “Indy 5.”  The decision to leave the director’s chair was entirely Spielberg’s, in a desire to pass along Indy’s whip to a new generation to bring their perspective to the story.