Filmmaker James Mangold has once again shot down reports that the upcoming “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” has undergone extensive reshoots and filmed multiple endings, which are being tested in front of audiences.
Anticipation for the fifth film in the franchise is sky high, but along with that comes some understandable concerns ranging from Ford being physically up to the challenge, to the change of directors, and of course about the film’s basic story.
The release of the trailer a few weeks ago caused a huge upsurge in the chatter surrounding the film. It also fuelled certain corners of the internet who believed that a test screening had been held in which the film “replaces Indiana Jones with a woman”.
Mangold squashed that talk in several tweets both in mid-November and early December saying Indiana Jones is not “being ‘erased’ thru some contrivance and he never was, not in any cut or script.”
A recent appearance by composer John Williams reportedly involved him suggesting a new ending was being filmed, though Williams could easily have misspoken according to The Playlist.
Whatever the case, Mangold was back on Twitter over the weekend to completely deny the rumors of pending reshoots and multiple endings. In fact he says the post-production on the film will be complete in a few weeks:
“So I took a b-day break from trolls, but it seems I gotta once again say… We’re not shooting & never shot any new scenes or ‘alt endings.’ Our film is 99% finished, getting rated by MPAA & VFX being completed. Happy Holidays!”
When a follower challenged him, saying all Disney films involve additional filming, Mangold responded:
“I made ‘Logan’ and ‘Ford v Ferrari’ and ‘Indiana Jones 5’ and it didn’t happen on any of them. I can only speak to my experiences. Be well.”
With the film nearly finished and being rated, there’s no real chance of it being altered significantly at this point, Mangold adding later in the Twitter thread that he’s already “starting to dig into my next film”. Jez Butterworth John-Henry Butterworth and Mangold co-wrote the script for the new entry which Spielberg will produce and will mark 80-year-old Harrison Ford’s final outing as the famed archaeology professor and adventurer.
Ford is joined by Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook, Antonio Banderas, Shaunette Renee Wilson, Thomas Kretschmann, and Toby Jones in the film. “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” opens in theaters on June 30th 2023.