‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ Director James Mangold Claims Composer John Williams Is “Mistaken” About New Ending To Film, But Then Claims “He’s Fully Informed”

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) in Lucasfilm's IJ5. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny director James Mangold sent mixed messages regarding recent comments by composer John Williams regarding a new ending being shot for the film.

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) in Lucasfilm’s IJ5. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

Williams appeared in Italy where he informed his audience that he would be playing a number of songs from the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny film.

Not only did he share with them a number of the songs he also revealed they would be shooting a new ending for the film seemingly confirming multiple rumors the film had several endings.

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) in Lucasfilm’s IJ5. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

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Williams stated, “Here are three pieces from Indiana Jones 5. I felt we would be finished with Indiana Jones after four. You know Harrison Ford. You all know who Harrison Ford is. And Harrison is 78 years old, but he’s much younger than am. Well, I thought, ‘Aw if he can do five of them, I have to try to do the final five also.”

He then states, “So, we have just about completed the film. We have maybe another ending to shoot and to record. Maybe in a couple weeks.”

These comments appeared to confirm rumors regarding Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s character replacing Indiana Jones in the movie.

YouTuber Overlord DVD originally reported back in June 2021, “Two endings are supposedly being considered in this script. I guess they’ve been written and they are going to shoot both of them.  Both endings allegedly have old Indiana Jones dying at the end of this movie.”

“But in one of the rumored endings, young Indiana Jones dies alongside old Indiana Jones and Phoebe Waller-Bridge swoops in like a vulture, picks the hat up, and takes his place moving forward,” he adds.

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This information about multiple endings was also reported by The Daily Mail who claimed a source informed them, “‘A handful of different endings have been shot and are being shown to test audiences. In one, Indy dies but not before handing over his bullwhip to Phoebe’s character.”

Overlord DVD would go on to report that the film had at least six endings. In a video uploaded in November, the YouTuber stated, ““We’ve been told out of the six endings they tested the best one gets a 35% approval from test audiences.”

“We’ve been told that Bridge put the hat on in every ending,” he added.

Overlord DVD then clarified, “All my spies actually said was Phoebe Waller-Bridge puts on Indy’s hat, takes Indy’s whip, and in a brave and stunning display of girl power she becomes the besest Indy evar at the end of all six version of the movie.”

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Mangold previously denied these rumors claiming at the beginning of December, “One more time. No one is ‘taking over’ or replacing Indy or donning his hat nor is he being ‘erased’ thru some contrivance— and he never was, not not in any cut or script — but trolls will troll — that’s how they get their clicks.”

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In November, Mangold previously denied claims that there were test screenings for the film as well.

He told one user, “Nope. Haven’t been any screenings at all.”

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He would tell another user that “no one will ever replace Indiana Jones. Not in any script. Not in any cut. Never discussed.”

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Now, Mangold is responding to Williams’ comments saying, “So I took a b-day break from trolls. But it seems I gotta once again say.. We’re not shooting & never shot any new scenes or ‘alt endings’. Our film is 99% finished, getting rated by MPAA & VFX being completed. Happy Holidays!”

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Mangold also chimed in on a discussion involving Williams’ comments where he informed one user, “John was mistaken. Maybe read Twitter too much.” He then reiterated, “We’re not shooting new endings. Never did. The film is 99% finished & being rated by MPAA.”

Mangold concluded, “This imagined zany ending w/ Indy being erased & replaced is a fever dream of wounded folks angry about other films I did not make.”

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When asked for further clarification on Williams’ comments, Mangold answered, “Joking, mistaken or misinformed. Not happening.”

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However, he would then claim that Williams was “fully informed” in another response.

Mangold wrote, “I agree that he’s one of the greatest composers in the history of film. And also one of the most lovely people on earth. And he’s fully informed.”

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Mangold would then reiterate to another user that Williams “was mistaken” when asked about Williams’ comments.

He tweeted, “He was mistaken. Asked and answered elsewhere.”

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Mangold also informed one user Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is almost completed with post production and that’s he’s already begun working on his next project.

He wrote, “6 months to WW release. But our post schedule is over in weeks. We don’t always keep working till the release date, Idrees. I’m starting to dig into my next film.”

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What do you make of Mangold’s response to Williams’ comments? Why do you think he claims he’s fully informed in one tweet, but that he’s mistaken or misinformed in a number of others?

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