James Mangold Explains His Approach To Indiana Jones 5

James Mangold explained in a recent interview how he would approach a 5th Indiana Jones movie.
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The acclaimed director James Mangold recently shared how he would approach a fifth Indiana Jones movie in an interview with

James Mangold, who is known for Logan, Walk The Line or last year’s hit Ford vs Ferrari, commented on what tack he would take with the next Indiana Jones movie. The director is almost certainly confirmed to direct the fifth Indiana Jones movie in the legendary franchise, with Steven Spielberg producing it.

Indiana Jones 5: The James Mangold Way

James Mangold

“But like in all my work, I’m always trying to find an emotional center to operate from,” Mangold explained in the interview. He went on to describe his vision in more detail:


“I think the most important thing is, in an age when franchises have become a commodity, that serving the same thing again. At least for me, in the dances I’ve had with any franchises, serving the same thing again, the same way, usually just produces a longing for the first time you ate it. Meaning, it makes an audience wish that they just had the first one over again. So you have to push something to someplace new, while also remembering the core reasons why everyone was gathered. And to use Logan as an example of that, when you’re dealing in a world of a very pressured franchise.”

James Mangold used the subject of Wednesday’s event as the perfect example:

“For all of the things, and there were many that I freed myself from in the canon, in the baggage, to try and make the best story. The core values of Logan, of Wolverine, and Charles Xavier and the X-Men, were something that I felt we never abandoned. The core ideas of their honor, their sense of duty, and the uniqueness of this particular set of characters that they were outcasts, oddities. Beings that had no home in this world, and yet we’re trying to do good. Were trying to do something right and find their way.

Those core issues were at the heart of the movie. And in any franchise I take in, I’d always be trying to capture and make sure that we preserve those core ideas that are at the center, because that’s why these stories are more than franchises. They’re the fairy tales of our contemporary culture.”

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