James Mangold, who was behind the lens for “Indiana Jones 5,” discussed his decision to include cutting-edge technology in the film. Using the latest in special effects, the filmmaker said Harrison Ford will look fresh in the footage. Only that the public will have to wait, to see the rejuvenated version in theaters, until June 2023.
The filmmaker gave an account of his achievements in an interview with Empire. There he said that his objective, by including a younger digitized version of the character in charge of Harrison Ford, was to transport those who go to see it to the past. Which also allowed him to wink at the aesthetics and style of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
Likewise, the latter two provided their creative services in the original films of 1981, 1984, 1989 and 2008. They did so as producers and directors, but they have nothing to do with this new installment of the adventure franchise.
“I wanted to have the opportunity to immerse myself in this type of old ‘George-Steven’ image that gives the audience that adrenaline charge,” said the also responsible for “Logan.”
Similarly, to bring his idea to life, Mangold turned to new software from ILM. It scans archived footage of Ford in his youth, before linking it to footage filmed today. Such technology is quite expensive. So much so that, at first, nobody wanted to do “The Irishman” by Martin Scorsese, due to the large investment involved in digital rejuvenation, according to the BBC.
It will be a special touch
As many know, the Indiana Jones story is set on various dates in the past. In the first film, the events date back to 1936. On the other hand, the second installment is from a year earlier, and so on until 1969, the year in which the next one will be based.
«We want people to live as much as possible that experience of the old days. We’ll throw them on an adventure, something Indy is looking for, and they’ll instantly have that ‘I’m in an ‘Indiana Jones’ movie’ feeling,” Kathleen Kennedy, who served as a producer, also said.
Likewise, Harrison Ford (80) told what it means for him to see his younger version. “This would be the first time I’ve seen it and I believe it, it’s kind of creepy. I don’t even want to know how it works, but he does. But it is not that I want to return to youth, I have earned my age by hand ».