Remember the twist? Mangold stepping in for Spielberg on Indy's fifth adventure!

    A nostalgic look back at the moment Steven Spielberg passed on the 'Indiana Jones 5' directorial baton to James Mangold, marking a turning point in the franchise's storied history.


    The famed whip and fedora of Indiana Jones saw an unforeseen twist when, after almost four decades, Steven Spielberg decided not to direct the fifth installment of the beloved franchise. For fans and industry insiders alike, it was almost unimaginable to think of an Indiana Jones movie without Spielberg at the helm.

    Entrance: James Mangold

    James Mangold, acclaimed for his work on "Logan" which raked in a whopping $619 million globally, emerged as the chosen one. Notably, Mangold had previously stepped into an established franchise with Wolverine's character, making "Logan" not just a commercial success but also a testament to his directorial prowess, earning him an Oscar nod.

    Spielberg's decision was deeply personal. "A desire to pass along Indy’s whip to a new generation to bring their perspective to the story," revealed sources close to him. While Spielberg took a step back, the iconic Harrison Ford remained attached, although he mentioned certain "scheduling issues and a few script things" as hurdles to overcome.

    Turbulent Timelines

    The film's journey was not without its delays and hiccups. Announced in 2016, it saw multiple release date postponements. Initially slated for July 2019, it was moved to 2020 and then again to 2021. The screenplay too experienced shifts with Jonathan Kasdan taking over from David Koepp. The entry of a new director only made further delays inevitable.

    Steven Spielberg

    However, it's not just the directorial change that made this chapter unique. George Lucas, the co-brainchild behind Indiana Jones, had retired and wasn't expected to join "Indy 5." While the previous installment, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” garnered a staggering $790.6 million worldwide, it had its share of critics.

    One thing was undeniable as the new chapter started to unfold: James Mangold had massive shoes, or rather, "quite a big fedora to fill."

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