James Mangold’s upcoming Indiana Jones 5 will go against a wish that George Lucas set out when making Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. It will be the final installment in the Indiana Jones franchise and the only one neither directed by Steven Spielberg nor with a story written by George Lucas. Instead, Indiana Jones 5 has been written by director James Mangold and his Ford v. Ferrari co-writers, Jez and John-Henry Butterworth.
With Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, George Lucas wanted to move away from having the Nazis as the bad guys of the franchise. In order to avoid this, he made the second film a prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark and had it take place in India. In contrast to this initial wish, Indiana Jones 5 will see Harrison Ford’s archeologist fight against the fascist regime one last time.
Why George Lucas Set Temple Of Doom Before Raiders
When developing Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, writer and producer George Lucas decided to set the film in 1935, a year before Raiders of the Lost Ark, in order to avoid using Nazis as the villains once again. Lucas and director Steven Spielberg simply wanted to avoid the repetition of having the Nazis be the villains of every Indiana Jones film. Alongside the dangerous cultists that ultimately became the villains of Temple of Doom, a number of other options were floated in the film’s development stage.
These potential villains for the second movie included ghosts, with Indiana Jones exploring a haunted castle, but this idea was ultimately shot down as Steven Spielberg had just finished producing Poltergeist. Another idea from Lucas was to use the Chinese mythical figure, the Monkey King or Sun Wukong. Despite initially wanting to avoid repetition, the titular archeologist would once again face off against Nazis in the third installment, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, as well as in the upcoming Indiana Jones 5.
It’s A Good Thing Indiana Jones 5 Will Face Nazis
It is expected that for, at least a portion of, Indiana Jones 5 Harrison Ford will be digitally de-aged so that he can portray a version of Indiana Jones that is similar in age and appearance to the original trilogy. This indicates that some of the runtime of Indiana Jones 5 could be dedicated to a WWII timeline with Indiana Jones fighting Nazis once again. Further information proving this setting is that extras were spotted on set dressed as Nazis, alongside Nazi symbols in set dressing, and the use of vintage cars.
It wouldn’t be the first time in the franchise that a younger version of Indiana Jones is seen; River Phoenix played a teenage version of the character at the beginning of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Alongside these WWII-set scenes in Indiana Jones 5 could be a more contemporary Indiana Jones fighting against Neo-Nazis and fascists later on in the 20th century. After all, the Nazis and Fascism did not completely go away with the end of World War II, and a film such as Indiana Jones 5 depicting the ongoing fight against them still relays an important message.
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