“But it was just very hard to have everybody come together and have all the elements – Steven, Harrison, the script and Disney – come together at once. And it didn’t.”
The fact that these four key elements would not work together as intended, Koepp said, is why Spielberg thought it best to step down from his position in the movie.
In December of 2020 president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, announced James Mangold would be taking over from Spielberg.
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“It’s a gracious time to step out the door because I think the last thing a new director wants is the old director’s writer. I mean, that’s a drag.
“The last thing you need is some guy sitting around with his arms folded saying: ‘Well, the way Steven would have done it is…’
“I had one nice friendly conversation with him and then I’m sure he wanted to be able to move on anyway. Everybody was pretty polite, I thought.”
While promoting the film, Spielberg said: “Harrison had the same problem I had.
“He’s spoken the words of so many different writers, and he’s been involved in so many different genres in 18 years, that we both wondered if we were going to be able to go back home together and be who we were.
“I mean, we’re both older – and we both look a bit older, I think, certainly – but at the same time Harrison needed to recapture the caustic, laconic spirit of Dr Jones.”
“He just did it so brilliantly and so effortlessly. He was just a little more out of breath after every stunt, just a little more, and so was I.”
Last month website Pirates and Princesses reported Indiana Jones 5 would focus on Indie tracking down the Fountain of Youth.
The report also said Indie would drink from the fountain and be replaced by a younger, CGI-version of Harrison Ford for a portion of the film.
Indiana Jones 5 is due for release on July 29, 2022.