The next Indiana Jones film is happening. Harrison Ford will be back in the hat, but that’s about the only thing that we expect to be familiar with when we find the new film. For the very first time, Steven Spielberg won’t guide Ford, as Logan’s James Mangold has been exploited to take over the franchise and Mangold appears to have only revealed a little something about the next film, especially, its date and its location.
James Mangold made an offhand comment on Twitter lately about how good he thought The Velvet Underground was. The announcement came about because “all of the films” Mangold is presently working on are put in’60s era New York City, which might seem to indicate that’s where Indiana Jones 5 is set.
The Velvet Underground are fucking great.
That's it. That's my tweet.
(Note — I'm mentally living in 60's NYC right now cause that's where all the movies I'm working on take place.)
— Mangold (@mang0ld) January 22, 2021
The date itself is not that shocking. As bizarre as it may feel to place an Indiana Jones movie in the 1960s, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was set in 1957, and it’s been 13 years since that movie was made and so Harrison Ford, also by extension Indy himself, is that far older. You could theoretically place the film from the 1970s and it’d be true chronologically, though, of course, there is some wiggle room in the marketplace.
As far as the location goes, Indiana Jones is no stranger to New York, since the character has taught college archeology classes there previously. Nonetheless, it appears improbable that James Mangold is considering a couple of scenes that may establish a narrative when he believes New York here. It’s more probable that if Mangold is speaking about Indiana Jones 5, more of the movie than we might expect will occur in NYC.
This would certainly be a change for the franchise since Indiana Jones films are usually about traveling across the world searching for historical artifacts. Even if lots of the new movie will take place in NYC, it does not mean we will not still get that, but it does make one wonder why a lot of this film might take place” at home”
Perhaps the early things that Indiana Jones will be dealing with this time round will be Native American in origin. Or perhaps the threat which Indy is fighting this time will probably be domestic rather than foreign, and thus the pursuit for the mystical MacGuffin will bring Indy stateside sooner instead of later.
If nothing else, an Indiana Jones movie that spends a lot of time in New York City will surely be different, and that’s not usually a bad thing. Unless the way that your picture differs would be to include space aliens, then it possibly is. Indiana Jones 5 is presently set for release in July of 2022, therefore it ought to be moving before cameras after this season. When it does we’ll probably have a clearer idea of exactly where, and when, the film will happen.