James Mangold plans to take Indiana Jones franchise ‘someplace new’

James Mangold is determined to take the Indiana Jones franchise “someplace new”. The Logan filmmaker was rumoured to be helming the fifth instalment in the action-adventure franchise, starring Harrison Ford, in February and it was confirmed by produce…

James Mangold is determined to take the Indiana Jones franchise “someplace new”.

The Logan filmmaker was rumoured to be helming the fifth instalment in the action-adventure franchise, starring Harrison Ford, in February and it was confirmed by producer Frank Marshall earlier this week.

In an interview with ComicBook.com, Mangold was asked about how he will approach the new Indiana Jones movie, and while he initially replied that he “can’t comment”, he went on to explain that he will approach the franchise the same way he does with all his other projects and keep the core values intact while pushing it into new territory.

“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,” he stated. “Meaning, it makes an audience wish that they just had the first one over again. So, you have to push something to someplace new, while also remembering the core reasons why everyone was gathered.”

He cited his 2017 film Logan, which was the final outing for Hugh Jackman’s X-Men character Wolverine, as an example of him “dealing in a world of a very pressured franchise” and given fans something different.

Earlier this week, Marshall told Collider why Mangold was the perfect director to take over from Steven Spielberg, who helmed all four previous Indiana Jones films.

“His love of the franchise. He’s a wonderful filmmaker. I think he also has a relationship with Harrison. It was all of the right pieces coming together, at the right time,” the producer said. “Steven is staying on as a producer, so we’ve got the best of everything.”

Indiana Jones 5 is scheduled to hit cinemas in July 2022.

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Mark Hamill bids emotional farewell to Star Wars saga

Mark Hamill has bid an emotional farewell to the Star Wars saga after 40 years of playing Luke Skywalker.In a heartfelt letter accompanying the release of The Skywalker Saga box set, the actor recalled his audition for George Lucas’ original sci-fi tri…

Mark Hamill has bid an emotional farewell to the Star Wars saga after 40 years of playing Luke Skywalker.

In a heartfelt letter accompanying the release of The Skywalker Saga box set, the actor recalled his audition for George Lucas’ original sci-fi trilogy alongside Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher as he reflected on his role as the Jedi hero.

“What an extraordinary journey it’s been,” Hamill wrote. “Back in 1976 when Carrie, Harrison, and I were testing for our roles in what was then called ‘The Adventures of Luke Starkiller, as taken from the Journal of the Whills, Saga I: The Star Wars,’ there’s no way we could have known what an incredibly rich and imaginative set of adventures this obscure little space movie would launch inspiring eight more chapters to tell the entire Skywalker story.”

He continued: “I am deeply thankful for your continued enthusiasm and dedication to George’s faraway galaxy, which will continue to grow with new storytellers building an even bigger galaxy filled with heroes, villains, action, romance, and, of course, the Force. May the Force be with you… always.”

Hamill shared the letter on social media to mark the release of The Skywalker Saga box set, and wrote: “A few thoughts as one era ends and another begins…#StarWars.”

The 68-year-old first played Luke Skywalker in 1977’s A New Hope and the two follow-ups, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He then reprised the role for 2015’s The Force Awakens and made his final appearance in last year’s The Rise of Skywalker.

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James Mangold in talks to replace Steven Spielberg as director of Indiana Jones 5

James Mangold is reportedly in early talks to take over directing duties from Steven Spielberg on Indiana Jones 5.The 73-year-old filmmaker is handing over the reigns to another director for the first time in the franchise’s 39-year history, but will s…

James Mangold is reportedly in early talks to take over directing duties from Steven Spielberg on Indiana Jones 5.

The 73-year-old filmmaker is handing over the reigns to another director for the first time in the franchise’s 39-year history, but will still remain on the upcoming project as a hands-on producer, according to editors at Variety.

Two-time Oscar nominee Mangold, who recently helmed Ford v Ferrari starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, has yet to comment on the report.

After a long development process to get the fifth Indiana Jones movie off the ground, Spielberg was reportedly keen to hand the reigns of the much-loved action saga to a new generation of filmmakers, a source close to the director told the outlet.

Reports that a fifth movie was in the works have been swirling since 2016, when Disney announced that the movie would be released in 2019. However, various issues delayed the project, prompting the studio to set a new release date of July 2021.

Harrison Ford, who will be reprising his role as the whip-cracking archaeology professor-turned-adventurer, confirmed earlier this month that filming would finally begin in April or May.

“I’m gonna start doing Indiana Jones in about two months. I’m always delighted to come back to these characters,” he told CBS Sunday Morning.

It’s a busy year for Mangold, who is already attached to two direct two big projects, including the Bob Dylan biopic starring Timothee Chalamet, and an adaptation of Don Winslow’s novel The Force, with leading man Matt Damon.

Spielberg, who has directed every Indiana Jones movie from Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981 to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008, is currently in post-production on the remake of classic musical West Side Story.

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Harrison Ford shocked by proposal for Han Solo’s cameo in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Harrison Ford was stunned when J.J. Abrams approached him to reprise his role as Han Solo for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.The iconic character was killed by Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, Han Solo and Leia Organa’s son Ben, in 2015’s The Force Awakens, b…

Harrison Ford was stunned when J.J. Abrams approached him to reprise his role as Han Solo for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The iconic character was killed by Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, Han Solo and Leia Organa’s son Ben, in 2015’s The Force Awakens, but briefly appeared in last year’s final instalment of the trilogy, much to the surprise of fans.

In an interview with USA Today, Ford admitted he was also shocked about Abrams’ plans for his cameo, and had to remind the filmmaker that he was killed off.

“When J.J. asked me to do it, I said, ‘Are you kidding? I’m dead!'” the 77-year-old recalled. “He said, ‘Sorta dead. You can do this.’ He hadn’t written anything at that time. But he said, ‘This is going to be great.’

“So I said okay. If J.J. asked you do something, you’d probably do it too. He’s a very persuasive guy.”

The Indiana Jones actor also insisted that he agreed to come back to the sci-fi fantasy saga because he felt Solo returning as a ghost-like figure to his son Ben was a pivotal moment in the villain’s transition from the dark to the light side.

“It was a useful addition to the story and the continuing development of Adam Driver’s character,” he explained. “And the chance to do another scene with Adam was great.”

Since the movie was released in December, fans have speculated if Ford’s character was using Jedi powers to return as a Force ghost, but he confessed he had no idea what one was.

“A Force ghost? I don’t know what a Force ghost is… Don’t tell anyone. I’m not talking loud enough for your recorder. I have no f**king idea what a Force ghost is. And I don’t care!” he laughed.

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Harrison Ford starts Indiana Jones 5 in two months

Harrison Ford will begin filming the fifth instalment of the Indiana Jones saga in two months’ time.The 77-year-old made his debut as the whip-cracking archaeology professor in Raiders of the Lost Ark back in 1981, which spawned the sequels Indiana Jon…

Harrison Ford will begin filming the fifth instalment of the Indiana Jones saga in two months’ time.

The 77-year-old made his debut as the whip-cracking archaeology professor in Raiders of the Lost Ark back in 1981, which spawned the sequels Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1984, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989. He then reprised his role in 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, alongside Shia LaBeouf and Cate Blanchett.

Reports that a fifth instalment in the hugely successful saga has been reported since 2016, when Disney announced that the movie would be released in 2019. However, various issues delayed the project, prompting Disney officials to set a new release date of July 2021.

In a new interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Ford confirmed that he will begin filming the new movie, to be directed by Steven Spielberg, in April or May.

“I’m gonna start doing Indiana Jones in about two months. I’m always delighted to come back to these characters,” he said. “We have the opportunity to make another because people have enjoyed them. I feel obliged to make sure that our efforts are as ambitious as they were when it started.”

He explained that he felt a “sense of responsibility” to fans of his movies, which he calls “customers”.

“‘Fans’ feels kind of weird to me, always has. But the fact that these people support my business, and I’m responsible to them for the quality of the service that I offer,” Ford shared.

Producer Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) in February that the actor would be involved with the film, which was a continuation rather than a reboot.

“We’re working away, getting the script where we want it to be and then we’ll be ready to go,” she said.

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Denis Villeneuve wants to make another Blade Runner movie

Denis Villeneuve would like to make another film set in the Blade Runner universe.In the 2017, 35 years after the release of the original Blade Runner, the Arrival filmmaker released Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and Ana de A…

Denis Villeneuve would like to make another film set in the Blade Runner universe.

In the 2017, 35 years after the release of the original Blade Runner, the Arrival filmmaker released Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and Ana de Armas.

While the sci-fi sequel was a hit with the critics, it was a box office disappointment and fell much shorter than projections.

However, Villeneuve hasn’t been put off by the experience and would be keen to explore that universe further, although he would prefer to make an “unconnected” film rather than a direct follow-up.

“It’s such an inspiring place, the Blade Runner world,” he told Empire magazine. “The problem I have is the word ‘sequel’. I think cinema needs original stories. But if you ask me if I’d like to revisit this universe in a different way, I can say yes. It would need to be a project on its own. Something disconnected from both other movies. A detective noir story set in the future… I wake up sometimes in the night dreaming about it.”

The French-Canadian director, who is currently finishing up his remake of Dune, previously shared that he was confused about why the positive reviews didn’t translate to better box offices sales with Blade Runner 2049, which had a running time of two hours and 44 minutes.

“We had the best (critics’ reviews). I’ve never had a movie welcomed like that. At the same time, the box office in the United States was a disappointment, that’s true, because those movies are expensive. It will still make tonnes of money, but not enough,” the 52-year-old told Yahoo. “I think because maybe people were not familiar enough with the universe. And the fact that the movie’s long. I don’t know. It’s still a mystery to me. I make movies – I don’t sell them.”

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Daisy Ridley wows in red at premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Daisy Ridley hit the blue carpet in a show-stopping ruby red dress at the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Monday night.The 27-year-old actress, who reprises her role as Rey in the film, stunned fans gathered at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese T…

Daisy Ridley hit the blue carpet in a show-stopping ruby red dress at the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Monday night.

The 27-year-old actress, who reprises her role as Rey in the film, stunned fans gathered at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.

Wearing a glamorous one-shoulder gown with a thigh-high split by Oscar de la Renta, Daisy had her brunette hair styled into tousled waves and opted for a slick of red lipstick to match her dress and crimson high heels.

The flick, directed by J.J. Abrams, marks the end of the Skywalker saga, and the star-studded event also saw appearances from Star Wars legends such as Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams, and C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels.

John Boyega, who once again portrays the character of Finn, rocked a powder blue suit and crisp white shirt for the night.

While his co-star Kelly Marie Tran, who became a fan favourite after appearing in the 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi as resistance fighter Rose, dazzled in a floor-length sequinned dress by Jason Wu.

Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver also posed for photographers on the blue carpet, alongside co-stars Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Dominic Monaghan, and Richard E. Grant.

Star Wars veteran Ian McDiarmid, who has reprised his role as Emperor Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker, received a round of applause as he arrived at the premiere, along with Pedro Pascal, who fronts the Disney+ show, The Mandalorian.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits cinemas around the world from 18 December.

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Mark Hamill beat Kurt Russell to Star Wars role thanks to George Lucas’ wife

Mark Hamill has George Lucas’ first wife to thank for his role as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga, because she advised the director to cast him.The actor was asked to recount his Star Wars screen test during a recent interview at the 92nd Street Y…

Mark Hamill has George Lucas’ first wife to thank for his role as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga, because she advised the director to cast him.

The actor was asked to recount his Star Wars screen test during a recent interview at the 92nd Street Y in New York and confessed he has since found out that he, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher were up against another trio, led by Kurt Russell, as Lucas was making his final decision about who to cast in the now-iconic sci-fi fantasy movies.

“There were two sets of Princess, Pirate and Farmboy – Harrison, Carrie and me, and the other group of actors, and when George went to London to start filming he hadn’t yet chosen and Marcia Lucas later told me, ‘I was the one who recommended your group’. So I have to thank Marcia for that,” he explained.

Hamill has since seen the audition tapes that featured as extras on a Star Wars DVD and he’s amazed he got the role of Skywalker.

“I watched William Katt just oozing with charisma, Kurt Russell, Robby Benson was boyish and young; and they all would’ve been perfect for Luke. Kurt Russell was even edging toward Hans Solo, which he could’ve played,” he praised. “I don’t know why they picked me out of everybody else.”

Back in 2017, Russell opened up about missing out on the role of Han Solo.

“I was actually pretty (close), in the final running,” the 68-year-old told USA Today, adding that he was also being considered for a starring role in a Western TV show on U.S. network ABC. “I asked George, ‘Do you think you’re gonna use me?’ He said, ‘I don’t know if I want to put you with him, or those two guys together.’ I got to go to work, so I did the western. Clearly, made the right choice.”

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Melanie Griffith was forced to pay $80,000 after arriving intoxicated to Working Girl set

Melanie Griffith had to pay $80,000 (£60,000) to cover the cost of production delays caused by her showing up to the Working Girl set intoxicated.The actress recalled how her battle with alcohol and drugs affected the production of the Mike Nichols-di…

Melanie Griffith had to pay $80,000 (£60,000) to cover the cost of production delays caused by her showing up to the Working Girl set intoxicated.

The actress recalled how her battle with alcohol and drugs affected the production of the Mike Nichols-directed 1988 romantic comedy, which also starred Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver, for the new book, Life Isn’t Everything: Mike Nichols, as Remembered by 150 of His Closest Friends.

“There were a lot of things that happened on Working Girl that I did that were not right,” Griffith shared. “It was the late ’80s (and) there was a lot going on, party-wise, in New York. There was a lot of cocaine. There was a lot of temptation.”

One day, the 62-year-old got drunk as she played pool with her co-star Alec Baldwin and continued to drink alcohol in her motorhome once she had returned to set. She was subsequently unable to walk down some stairs in a scene with Baldwin.

“Mike got so mad at me, he wouldn’t talk to me. Mike Haley, the first AD (assistant director), just came up and said, ‘We’re shutting down. Go home’, and I knew I was in so much trouble.

“The next morning, he took me to breakfast and said, ‘Here’s what’s going to happen: You’re going to pay for last night out of your pocket. We’re not going to report you to the studio, but you have to pay for what it cost’, and it was $80,000. They wanted to get my attention – and they really did. It was a very humbling, embarrassing experience, but I learned a lot from it.”

Producer Douglas Wick added that Nichols, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 83, was “genuinely distressed” by the drama.

“I was surprised by how genuinely distressed he was, how in pain about it he was, how much he was traumatised by it, and I think the reason is that it made great work impossible,” he recalled.

Griffith checked into a rehab facility just a few weeks after the film wrapped. She ended up returning to rehab in 2000 and again in 2009.

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Patton Oswalt gutted he didn’t record with The Secret Life of Pets 2 co-stars

Patton Oswalt is a little sad he didn’t get to record with his A-list The Secret Life of Pets 2 co-stars.Patton joined the cast for the second instalment of Chris Renaud’s animated flick, taking over the voice role of Max from Louis C.K., who was l…

Patton Oswalt is a little sad he didn’t get to record with his A-list The Secret Life of Pets 2 co-stars.

Patton joined the cast for the second instalment of Chris Renaud’s animated flick, taking over the voice role of Max from Louis C.K., who was let go from Universal Pictures after a string of sexual harassment allegations were made against him.

Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Lake Bell and Jenny Slate have all returned following the success of the 2016 original, with Harrison Ford and Tiffany Haddish also joining the franchise.

“I know, and that part stinks (not recording with my co-stars),” Patton said ahead of the film’s premiere in a chat with Collider. “But it also makes me go, ‘Well, hopefully I’ll get to meet them at the premiere.’ I’m gonna try to get a pic with Harrison Ford, and I’ll be happy.”

The feature began hitting screens in May, and Patton got his wish at the Los Angeles premiere earlier this month when he posed for group shots with the rest of The Secret Life of Pets 2 stars.

Praising the work of Kevin, Jenny, Harrison and Wayne’s World legend Dana Carvey, Patton revealed it’s one of the rare times he can’t wait to watch back his own work.

“Yeah, it’s really amazing to be a part of. I love doing animation, but to be in an animated movie where it’s such a huge ensemble of genuinely talented people that I’m a fan of, like Kevin, Jenny Slate, Dana Carvey and Harrison Ford, so that when I see the movie, as fun as it is to watch my scenes, I get to be really surprised by the stuff that the other voice actors were doing. That’s a rare thing, to get to be in a movie that you’re excited to go see,” the 50-year-old grinned.

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