Screenwriter David Koepp (Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds) was working side-by-side with Steven Spielberg on Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones 5. But, when Spielberg dropped out of the project and was replaced by director James Mangold (Logan), Koepp also stepped away from the film as well.
During a recent interview with Collider, Koepp confirmed he’s no longer on the project and explained why he decided not to be a part of it:
“When James Mangold came in … he deserves a chance to take his shot at it. I’d done several versions with Steven. And when Steven left, it seemed like the right time to let Jim have his own take on it and have his own person or himself write it.”
That makes sense as directors like to work with talent that they’ve collaborated with in the past. I would have liked to see what Koepp was planning with Spielberg, but I’m sure Mangold will give the fans something really cool.
When previously asked why Mangold was the right choice to take over the franchise from Spielberg, producer Frank Marshall said it was Mangold’s “love of the franchise.”
“He’s a wonderful filmmaker. I think he also has a relationship with Harrison [Ford]. It was all of the right pieces coming together, at the right time.”
Mangold also previously explained his approach to taking on a franchise film like Indiana Jones 5, he said:
“Like in all my work, I’m always trying to find an emotional center to operate from. 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.nSo 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.”
What do you hope to see from the story of Indiana Jones 5?