Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that Indiana Jones 5 won't be a reboot - but that doesn't mean a reboot is inevitable.
Throughout the four films of the franchise, there have been a remarkable number of constants.
With Mangold probably changing Spielberg as director, it is unclear how plans and the story would possibly change for Indiana Jones 5.
According to Variety, Steven Spielberg has stepped down as director for the untitled fifth movie and Logan's James Mangold is in talks to take over the iconic franchise. This has occurred earlier than with Spielberg's previous motion pictures, in fact, with Jurassic Park three being directed by Joe Johnston and later installments exclusively involving him as a producer. The report also states that Spielberg made the decision to step down "in a desire to pass along Indy's whip to a new generation to bring their perspective to the story".
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We have reached out to Disney for a comment on Spielberg's potential exit from Indiana Jones 5's director's chair and will update this piece if we receive a response. James Mangold, on a hot streak after the Oscar nominated duo of Logan and Ford vs Ferrari is rumoured to be taking over the reins while Spielberg will remain as a "hands-on" producer, as will franchise star Harrison Ford. As such, Spielberg has put a decidedly singular stamp on the entire series. The film should be released in 2021. He produced The Call of the Wild starring Indiana Jones actor Harrison Ford.
Ford cited the current Marvel motion pictures as because the sorts of cinematic success he wished the following Indiana Jones film to emulate: "We're not going to make one other Indiana Jones until we're able to kill it". Fans can take comfort in knowing that Spielberg is hand picking the next director, and at least we still have Harrison Ford.
Indiana Jones 5 has been through a number of delays over the last few years, including seeing its release date pushed back twice.
While it seems more than likely that, one way or another, the Indiana Jones franchise will continue forward even after the principal players have left, nobody has any real idea what that could look like.