“It’s a movie that’s a trailer from beginning to end”: Steven Spielberg Gave One Sage Advice to James Mangold to Revive Indiana Jones After 15 Years

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The Indiana Jones franchise truly lit up the 80s. But as director Steven Spielberg tried to revive the franchise in 2008, things just didn’t work out for anyone involved. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull turned out to be the weakest and most nonsensical installment of the franchise. And now that Logan director James Mangold has been given the job of revival with a fifth Indy outing, he was blessed with one major piece of advice that came from the original director.

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After debuting Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, Steven Spielberg worked with Harrison Ford in two more outings called Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which came out in 1984 and 1989 respectively. Then after almost 2 decades, he returned with a fourth outing. Unfortunately, a fanbase that lauded his work for 3 movies was suddenly divided. But still, 3 out of 4 is a good score and with the kind of experience he has, he was the perfect guy to leave Mangold with some sage advice.

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Steven Spielberg’s Advice to James Mangold

While speaking with Empire, Mangold revealed the straightforward, yet important advice he got from the legendary director.

“Steven said to me, ‘It’s a movie that’s a trailer from beginning to end — always be moving’.”

It is needless to say that Spielberg was spot on with it.

James Mangold and Steven Spielberg

Not a lot is known about the plot of Indiana Jones 5. But rumors have suggested that it will follow a time travel plot and send the iconic character back in time to fight a bunch of Nazis. So while doing that, fans are hoping that the movie will also revive the magic that this franchise brought in the 80s. And that was achieved by 3 stories that were perfectly paced, constantly moving forward while maintaining the thrill and action throughout.


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The Production of Indiana Jones 5

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Wolverine and Logan fans would agree that James Mangold totally has the capability to do justice to a film like Indiana Jones. He has taken ample time working on the fifth outing. Its originally planned release date was for 2021. So with a 2-year delay, both Disney and the fans would really be hoping that Mangold would deliver a stellar entry and give one of Harrison Ford’s greatest characters a strong exit.

Besides Ford, another big plus was the addition of Mads Mikkelsen as yet another villainous persona. The guy does really well playing compelling bad guys, and we can only hope that he’d continue to do the same here.


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Indiana Jones 5 is set to release on June 30, 2023, and we should get to see the first trailer very soon.

Source: IndieWire


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