According to sources, the choice to step down was ultimately Spielberg with the reason being that it's time for the next generation of directors to take the franchise forward.
Steven Spielberg has made a decision to step down as director on "Indiana Jones 5" leaving the door open for "Logan" and "Le Mans '66" helmer James Mangold to slot right in if terms can be met. Back in 2016, Walt Disney Studios gave it movie the official green light and announced that both Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford were on board for the project. He has been in charge of directing the four films of the Indiana Jones saga, in whose stories Lucas was credited.
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Spielberg is remaining as a "hands-on" producer on Indiana Jones 5. This has happened before with Spielberg's past movies, of course, with Jurassic Park 3 being directed by Joe Johnston and later installments only involving him as a producer. Then again, considering LeBeuf's relationship with Spielberg these days, we're not surprised that he won't reprise the role. No, Harrison Ford isn't handing over his hat, but Steven Spielberg won't be calling the shots. Lucas bought Lucasfilm and the rights to Indiana Jones and Star Wars to Disney in 2012 and has largely stayed away from the franchises he created ever since. The latest announcement states that the film will now hit the big screen on July 9, 2021. To many, these are all quite necessary pieces in the Indiana Jones puzzle, and if they're not all going to be present, maybe the idea should be scrapped. In fact, these two return many years, and this one was clearly out of her management, since nobody tells Spielberg what to do.