Steven Spielberg is “proud” of Indiana Jones 5
“It really is a good ‘Indiana Jones’ movie. I’m very proud of what (director James Mangold) did with it.”
Steven Spielberg is tuning into James Mangold’s vision for the final “Indiana Jones” installment starring Harrison Ford.
Franchise creator Spielberg has revealed that he has seen “Indiana Jones and the Disc of Destiny” ahead of the film’s 2023 Cannes debut. “Song of Destiny” is the first “Indiana Jones” film not directed by Spielberg; the Oscar-winning executive is producing the film with story co-creator George Lucas.
“I just had this experience two nights ago,” Spielberg said at the Time 100 Summit (via Species). “Bob Iger had screenings for a lot of Disney executives, and I came to the screening with director James Mangold. Everyone liked the movie. This is a really good “Indiana Jones” movie. I’m very proud of what Jim has done with it.”
Spielberg added, “When the lights came up, I just turned to the group and said, ‘Damn! I thought I was the only one who knew how to make one.
The ‘Indiana Jones’ franchise started in 1981 with ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, followed by sequels ‘Temple of Doom’, ‘Last Crusade’ and ‘Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’.
“Dial of Destiny” director Mangold, who previously helmed “Ford vs. Ferrari” and “Logan,” said earlier this year that the final “Indiana Jones” chapter with Ford at the helm is meant to honor Spielberg the foundation of his character.
“I have no illusions that my job in making the ‘Indiana Jones’ movie was to suddenly take the humor out of it and turn it into some kind of goof,” Mangold told Entertainment Weekly. “I think what we’re trying to do is balance an accurate and realistic assessment of where this character might be at this point in his life, and do that honestly, while also trying to carry forward what the title of our film promises, which is a bellwether and a a wonderful adventure with action and chivalry, skin-to-skin escapes and ingenious solutions to devilish problems. It’s an “Indiana Jones” movie.
Mangold continued, “I’ve always been interested in the idea of a sunset hero. What does the hero do when the world no longer has a place for him? I find it very interesting that we try to look at classical heroes through the prism of our jaundiced contemporary attitude.”
“Dial of Destiny” takes place 10 years after the events of “Crystal Skull” and includes a flashback to 1944 with an expired Ford. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, Shaunette Renee Wilson, Thomas Kretschmann, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook and Mads Mikkelsen also star. Oscar winner Ke Huy Quan denied that he was a surprise in the film.
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