Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny co-writers Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth tease how the upcoming sequel goes old school when it comes to action sequences. Directed by James Mangold, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny will serve as Harrison Ford’s fifth and final time playing the intrepid archeologist. Although Ford is now 80 years old, trailers and promotional materials have already teased that, for Indy, the action hasn’t slowed down.


Ahead of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny‘s release date this summer, the Butterworth brothers hype Mangold’s approach to action in a recent interview with Empire Magazine (via Collider). The pair tease that the upcoming film features an old-school approach to lighting, camera movement, and stunts, which harkens back to the franchise’s roots. Check out the comments from John-Henry below:

“They’re character. They’re all character. They’re not just chopsocky. It was an extremely old-school endeavour. Dollies and track and sliders and anamorphic lenses. Old-school lighting and beautiful sets and travelling around the world and physical stunts. And one shot at a time. It’s lovely making a movie where you’re never going to have that meeting where they’re like, ‘This has got too expensive.’ That doesn’t happen on an Indy movie.”

Dial Of Destiny Can Correct Indiana Jones 4’s Action Problems

Two cars on the edge of a cliff in Indiana Jones 4.

After three beloved installments, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull proved to be a divisive fourth entry in the long-running franchise. The 2008 film saw Indy team up with his son Mutt (Shia LaBeouf) and returning love interest Marion (Karen Allen) for a race against the Soviets to discover an ancient alien resting place. While many parts of the film certainly feel like classic Indiana Jones, other sequences take the franchise too far into the realm of ridiculousness.

In addition to the aliens themselves feeling like a stretch (even by Indiana Jones‘ standards) the film features Mutt swinging around on vines like Tarzan, some unbelievable vehicular feats, and Indy surviving a nuclear blast inside a refrigerator. Hopefully, however, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny can bring the franchise back to Earth. A new Indiana Jones 5 clip already makes the film look promising in this regard, with Indy and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Helena, his goddaughter, in the midst of a frantic tuk-tuk chase through crowded city streets.

Trailers, however, have teased that the film will also rely on VFX and CGI for many scenes, including a plane jump and an entire sequence at the beginning of the film in which Ford is de-aged by 40 years. It remains to be seen how Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny‘s action will actually compare to past installments, but a return to the franchise’s roots would definitely be welcome.

Source: Empire Magazine (via Collider)

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