In addition to working on some of the greatest films ever, Steven Spielberg has collaborated with actors who have become big movie stars. One of these is Harrison Ford, with whom Steven worked on the Indiana Jones franchise. Steven has directed four, while James Mangold directs a fifth on the way.
Why did Steven Spielberg quit Indiana Jones?
Steven was involved in the fifth Indiana Jones movie but walked away from it, surprisingly.
In February 2020, when the film was announced, Steven said he was passing the franchise on to a new generation.
Fans may have thought this happened after Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, in which it seemed likely that Shia LaBoeuf’s character would take over as the main character.
However, with Harrison Ford still good and truly Indie, the ‘new generation’ came into question, leading fans to question if there was any other reason behind Steven’s departure, even though he has remained a ‘hands-on’ producer.
Last October, screenwriter David Koepp admitted some creative differences between Steven and the team, which may be the real reason behind his departure from the director’s chair.
David told Den of Geek, “I tried a few different versions with Steven, and they all had good things about them, and they all had something that didn’t work, which happens.
But getting everyone to come together at once was hard and have all the elements – Steven, Harrison [Ford], the script, and Disney. And that did not happen.
“It’s a graceful moment to step out because I think the last thing a new director wants is the old director’s writer.”
David worked with Jonathan Kasdan on the film’s script, but when Steven left, so did they, and James brought in his screenwriters.
In an April 2021 tweet, James confirmed the new writers, saying, “The official press release mentioned writers, but I think it will be left out in the recaps…
“Current writers are Jez and John-Henry Butterworth (who worked with me on FvF) and myself!”
FvF is Ford v Ferrari, or Le Mans ’66, an Oscar-nominated movie James was working on.
Jez and John-Henry also collaborated on Tom Cruise movie Edge of Tomorrow and James Brown’s biopic Get On Up, starring the late Chadwick Boseman.
A recent addition to the cast of the new Indiana Jones movie is Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who has been called upon to work in scripts such as that of No Time to Die.
James said earlier this year, “I am thrilled to embark on a new adventure and work with a dream team of all-time great filmmakers.
Steven, Harrison, Kathy, Frank, and John are all artistic heroes of mine.
“When you add Phoebe, a dazzling actor, a brilliant creative voice and the chemistry she will undoubtedly bring to our set, I can’t help but feel as happy as Indiana Jones herself.”
Kathy refers to Kathleen Kennedy, the head of Lucasfilm, and Frank Marshall,, a producer who co-founded the production company Amblin Entertainment with Steven.
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