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Director James Mangold Provides Update on Indiana Jones Series

Last November, Variety reported that Disney was actively looking to develop an Indiana Jones TV show for Disney+.  The outlet reported that Disney and Lucasfilm have specifically been bringing up the possibility of a streaming show set in the world of the globe trotting archaeologist in general meetings with writers of late.

No plot details were revealed and it was unknown if the series would serve as a prequel to or spinoff of the film franchise, or if it would tie into the upcoming film Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

Last March, another report from industry insider Jeff Sneider of Above the Line and The Hot Mic, claimed Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones series is no longer moving forward at Disney+.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently addressed the possibility of an Indiana Jones series in a recent appearance on Dagobah Dispatch.  You can see what Kennedy said below:

“It’s Harrison’s last entry. That’s how we look at the Indy franchise. I mean, truthfully, right now, if we were to do anything, it might be in series television down the road, but we’re not doing anything to replace Indiana Jones. This is it. There are five movies that Harrison Ford did. And Harrison is so specific and so unique to creating this role. We just, Steven [Spielberg] agrees, we just wouldn’t do that.”

Now, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny director James Mangold has given an update on the series.  During a recent interview on Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Mangold shared the following:

“I looked at what they were developing for that show, but I think it was it was purely speculative in terms of whether that show was going to happen.”

Mangold continued:

“But it had nothing to do with Indiana Jones. It was the world, but it was not…”

The franchise’s fifth film, “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” was released in theaters on June 30, 2023.

Harrison Ford returns as the legendary hero archaeologist in the highly anticipated fifth installment of the iconic “Indiana Jones” franchise, which is directed by James Mangold (“Ford v Ferrari,” “Logan”). Starring along with Ford are Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”), Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”), John Rhys-Davies (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”), Shaunette Renee Wilson (“Black Panther”), Thomas Kretschmann (“Das Boot”), Toby Jones (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”), Boyd Holbrook (“Logan”), Oliver Richters (“Black Widow”), Ethann Isidore (“Mortel”) and Mads Mikkelsen (“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”).

Directed by James Mangold, the film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel, with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas serving as executive producers.

John Williams, who has scored each Indy adventure since the original “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in 1981, is once again composing the score.

You can watch a trailer for the film below:

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