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Steven Spielberg No Longer Directing INDIANA JONES 5

Variety reports that director Steven Spielberg (“Ready Player One”) is stepping down from helming Disney and Lucasfilm’s “Indiana Jones 5” starring Harrison Ford (“Call Of the Wild”).

Sources say director James Mangold (“Ford v Ferrari”) is in negotiations to take over directing duties from Spielberg. Mangold is coming off directing the Oscar-nominated film, “Ford v Ferrari”, starring Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) and Matt Damon (“The Martian”).

Even though Spielberg is handing off the director’s chair to Mangold, he will stay on the film as a “hands-on” producer. Spielberg dropping out of directing “Indiana Jones 5” was entirely his own decision with his reason being able to pass down the next chapter in Indy’s story to another director with a fresh new take.

Spielberg has directed four Indiana Jones films with actor Harrison Ford which include “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984), “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989), and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (2008).

James Mangolds directing credits include some well-known films such as “Logan”, “Knight and Day”, “3:10 to Yuma”, “Walk the Line”, “Identity”, “Girl, Interrupted”, and “Cop Land.”