Fans concerned about the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny movie can rest assured that the film has Steven Spielberg’s stamp of approval.
With less than glowing reviews for 2008’s installment in the franchise, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it’s understandable that some audiences may have low expectations as the fifth and final film in the franchise gets ready to release next month. However, Steven Spielberg, who directed the first four films of the franchise, is proclaiming his love for the upcoming flick, which is directed by James Mangold.
During the Time 100 Summit, Spielberg, 76, was asked what it was like to watch an Indiana Jones movie that he didn’t direct.
“I just had that experience two nights ago,” Spielberg replied. “Bob Iger had a screening for a lot of the Disney executives. And I came to the screening along with the director James Mangold. Everybody loved the movie. It’s really, really a good ‘Indiana Jones’ film. I’m really proud of what Jim has done with it.”
“When the lights came up, I just turned to the group and said, ‘Damn! I thought I was the only one who knew how to make one of these,'” Spielberg added.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny Will Be the Last Indiana Jones Movie
It has been confirmed that the Indiana Jones franchise will end with the release of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. And even the thought of one more film was initially difficult for Mangold, 59. The director revealed that he had doubts about making the movie, as he didn’t want to make another film featuring Harrison Ford’s archaeologist just for the sake of it.
“In some ways, the danger with sequels is really, do they just exist to make money? Or do they have something left to say? And that’s kind of the blunt question for me. Money is wonderful. But I’m not really interested in the creative act of just making a thing that’s here just to cash in on its name.” Mangold says.
Speaking of money, the upcoming flick has a massive budget of $294.7 million, with a $25 million salary for star Harrison Ford. Will it be a box office success and win the admiration of fans? We’ll know on June 30, 2023, when the film releases!