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Fourth 'Indiana Jones' Movie to Start Filming in 2007


Saturday , December 30, 2006




BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — George Lucas said Friday that filming of the long-awaited "Indiana Jones" movie will begin next year. Harrison Ford, who appeared in the three earlier flicks, the last one coming in 1989, is set to star again. Lucas said he and Steven Spielberg recently finalized the script for the film.


"It's going to be fantastic. It's going to be the best one yet," the 62-year-old filmmaker said during a break from preparing for his duties as grand marshal of Monday's Rose Parade.


Exact film locations have not been decided yet, but Lucas said part of the movie will be shot in Los Angeles.


The fourth chapter of the "Indiana Jones" saga, which will hit theaters in May 2008, has been in development for over a decade with several screenwriters taking a crack at the script, but it only recently gained momentum.


Lucas kept mum about the plot, but said that the latest action flick will be a "character piece" that will include "very interesting mysteries."


"I think it's going to be really cool," Lucas said.


At the inaugural Rome Film Festival in October, the 64-year-old Ford said he was excited to team up with Lucas and Spielberg again for the fourth "Indiana Jones" installment. Ford said he was "fit to continue" to play the title role despite his age.


Ford played Indiana Jones in 1981's "Raiders of the Lost Ark," 1984's "Temple of Doom" and 1989's "The Last Crusade."


Lucas praised Ford for breathing life into his character.


"Mostly it's the charm of Harrison that makes it work," he said.

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"It's going to be fantastic. It's going to be the best one yet," the 62-year-old filmmaker said

HA! Someone dig up his quote saying the same thing about The Phantom Menace. Anyway, I think it'll be fun, mostly because Lucas said


Exact film locations have not been decided yet, but Lucas said part of the movie will be shot in Los Angeles.


Instead of "Exact film locations have not been decided yet, but Lucas said all of the movie will be rendering in a computer with green screened actors editing in."



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From what I read on imdb.com, it's been rumored that several actors from the previous Indy movies might reprise their roles for the fourth one. It's been rumored that Sean Connery will play Indy's father, John Rhys-Davies may reprise his Sallah character, and that Natalie Portman is rumored to play Indy's daughter (possibly with Karen Allen as Marian).

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For NickNick


Can you dig it? Fourth 'Indy' in '08

By Gregg Kilday


Jan 2, 2007

Nineteen years after chasing down the Holy Grail in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," Harrison Ford will return to the big screen in the character of the globe-trotting archeologist in May 2008.


Producer George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg confirmed details of the project Monday after Lucas tipped off the media to Indiana Jones' imminent return as he prepared to serve as grand marshal of the Rose Parade in Pasadena.


After years spent in script development, a fourth installment of the famously successful franchise is set to begin production in June in locations around the world and in the U.S.


Although he has been developing other projects, including a biopic about Abraham Lincoln with Liam Neeson attached to star, Spielberg has decided the "Indiana Jones" sequel will be his next directorial outing. Helping Spielberg choose his next directing commitment had been a primary goal of new DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider (HR 6/23).


"George, Harrison and I are all very excited," Spielberg said. "We feel that the script was well worth the wait. We hope it delivers everything you'd expect from our history with Indiana Jones."


The film will be produced by Lucasfilm Ltd. and released worldwide by Paramount Pictures, the parent company of DreamWorks. Although reps from the companies involved did not address the question of financing Monday, Paramount execs have said that the studio expected to co-finance the project with Lucasfilm.


Frank Marshall will serve as producer, with Lucas and Kathy Kennedy joining him as executive producers. Longtime Spielberg associates, Marshall was credited in a producing capacity on the three earlier films, and Kennedy served as associate producer on the past two.


"Working with Steven, Frank, Kathy and the 'Indy' crew is like working with family," Lucas said. "These films are such great fun to make. I'm looking forward to reuniting with the team and starting this new journey."


David Koepp, who has penned such previous Spielberg projects as "Jurassic Park" and "War of the Worlds," wrote the screenplay that finally got the stamp of approval from Lucas and Spielberg. An earlier screenplay by Frank Darabont had been shelved when Lucas turned thumbs down on it.


For the moment, the title of the new film as well as its story line are being kept under wraps. In August, however, Lucas told Empireonline.com, "I discovered a McGuffin. I told the guys about it and they were a little dubious about it, but it's the best one we've ever found. ... Unfortunately, it was a little too 'connected' for the others. They were afraid of what the critics would think. They said, 'Can't we do it with a different McGuffin? Can't we do this?' and I said 'No.' So we pottered around with that for a couple of years. And then Harrison really wanted to do it and Steve said, 'Okay.' I said, 'We'll have to go back to that original McGuffin and take out the offending parts of it and we'll still use that area of the supernatural to deal with it.' "


In an interview with MTV.com, Lucas also said that the project will acknowledge Harrison's age; the actor is currently 64. In a statement, Ford said he is ready for another action-packed turn as the death-defying archeologist. "I'm delighted to be back in business with my old friends," he said. "I don't know if the pants still fit, but I know the hat will."


Although a spokesman for Spielberg said Monday that no casting has begun, Lucas and Ford have said that they would like to include Sean Connery, who played Indiana Jones' father, Professor Henry Jones, in "The Last Crusade." "We are writing him in whether he wants to do it or not," Lucas told "Access Hollywood" when Connery was honored in June with the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award.


It also is not known whether the project will be shot digitally, like Lucas' recent "Star Wars" movies, or on film, the medium Spielberg prefers.


"Raiders of the Lost Ark," the first film in the series, was released in 1981, followed by "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" in 1984 and "Last Crusade" in 1989. The three movies have earned 14 Academy Award nominations, seven Oscars and grossed more than $1.182 billion worldwide.


A release date was not announced, but the past two films in the series opened shortly before the Memorial Day weekend. Currently, the May 2008 lineup includes Paramount's "Iron Man," from Marvel Enterprises; Buena Vista's "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media; and Warner Bros. Pictures' "Speed Racer," from Warners, Silver Pictures and Village Roadshow.


(Hollywood Reporter)

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SiBob, you're good. You nailed it.





Ford still fits into Indy's trousers

By Jaymes Song, Associated Press Writer


HILO, Hawaii — He may be 65, but Harrison Ford still fits into Indiana Jones' tight trousers.Many fans are curious to see if, 18 years after Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Ford can live up to the physical rigors of the globe-trotting archaeologist in the long-awaited fourth installment of the epic series. The actor's 65th birthday was Friday.


Producers of the adventure, currently being filmed on Hawaii's Big Island, say there's no need to worry. Ford is as fit as ever.


"I have to say, he looks amazing," said Kathleen Kennedy, the film's co-executive producer, along with George Lucas. "He looks fantastic in the outfit."


Actually, Ford knew the hat would still fit but wondered if he could still squeeze into the pants. He did.


The action star, who introduced the fedora-wearing, bullwhip-cracking Indiana Jones in the 1981 classic Raiders of the Lost Ark, is actually doing many of his own stunts in the latest film.


"He's doing them, he just has a few more ice packs and a few more massages," Kennedy said.


"And a lot of Celebrex," producer Frank Marshall added.


The movie just completed the first of three weeks of filming in Hawaii, after spending a week each in New Mexico and Connecticut. The lush areas surrounding Hilo are filling in as a South American rain forest.


Lucas and director Steven Spielberg have not released the title of the film, scheduled for release May 22, 2008.


The filming has created a buzz on this normally sleepy island, known for macadamia nuts and premium Kona coffee. It's the most action since nearby Kilauea volcano rumbled to life in 1983.


The film's biggest action sequences are being filmed in Hawaii. Marshall compared one scene to the thrilling, white-knuckled truck chase in the desert in Raiders.


"It's that level," he said.


Hawaii will be featured in about 20% of the film. About half will be from sets in Los Angeles. The Aloha State was also the backdrop for portions of Raiders of the Lost Ark.


Ford, Lucas, Spielberg, Kennedy and Marshall all worked together on the first three films, so this latest is a homecoming of sorts.


"We're having a great time. It's so much fun being together," said Marshall, who has produced more than 50 films, including Poltergeist, Gremlins, The Goonies, The Color Purple, the Back to the Future trilogy, The Sixth Sense and the Bourne trilogy.


"Nobody's worried about their careers any more," he said.


The latest Indy adventure is set in the 1950s and, in addition to Ford, stars Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone and Jim Broadbent. One popular character not in the lineup is Sean Connery, who played Indy's father.


"We would've loved to have Sean do a cameo-type part in this but he's very much enjoying retirement," Kennedy said.


She promised movie fans, who have patiently waited since the 1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, would get the same level of excitement as the previous three films.


"The cleverness, the humor and the tone of Indiana Jones is very much alive and well in this movie," Kennedy said.


The producers are being very tightlipped about the movie, and the remote sets are well guarded, leading to rampant rumors on blogs and chat sites.


It took some time to get to the fourth film, partly because of the schedules of Spielberg, Lucas and Ford. Plus, they knew they had to deliver another hit.


"The bar was pretty high," Kennedy said.


Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Still nothing on whether Karen Allen will reprise her role as Marian Ravenwood from Raiders. I know her thought-to-be-dead father Abner Ravenwood will be in this movie (played by John Hurt), so it would only make sense to have Marion in it as well.

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"I have to say, he looks amazing," said Kathleen Kennedy, the film's co-executive producer, along with George Lucas. "He looks fantastic in the outfit.


Gotta admit, she's right.




Just like the old days.


Now that that worry is dispelled, I just want to see some footage so I know Spielberg isn't bringing his new love of hand held shaky cams and desaturated blown-out cinematography.

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Okay Schwarzennegar (I know I probably spelled that wrong) had Terminator 3, Willis had Die Hard 4, Stallone had Rocky 6 and soon Rambo 4, Ford's doing Indy 4, so when are we seeing Lethal Weapon 5? It's inevitable isn't it?


im not sure, he might be getting too religous old for this shit.

But yeah, Evil Dead/Army of Darkness is always welcome for sequels.

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