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In a long-awaited announcement, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg revealed on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 that the fourth installment of Indiana Jones will begin production in June 2007.

David Koepp with Spielberg

Many writers had a go at the script before David Koepp finished the final approved draft around January 2007.

M. Night Shyamalan was the first approached to to work on the Indy 4 script in June 2000.

In June 2001 news came Shyamalan was a definite "no" and that Stephen Gaghan was in talks to take on the scriptwriting project.

In April 2002 Tom Stoppard was rumored to write the Indy 4 script.
Frank Darabont was hired to re-write the script in May 2002.
But in February 2004 it was announced that, while Spielberg loved Frank Darabont's script, Lucas rejected it.
Jeff Nathanson was hired to rewrite Darabont's script in October 2004.
In March 2006 news arrived that David Koepp took over Jeff Nathanson's script work for some final edits.
Sean Connery as Henry Jones Sr.

Sean Connery was asked to reprise his role as Henry Jones, Sr. from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. But he turned down the offer because he did not want to come out of retirement.

Sir Connery explains "Retirement is just too damned much fun. I, do however, have one bit of advice for Junior: Demand that the critters be digital, the cliffs be low, and for goodness sake keep that whip by your side at all times in case you need to escape from the stunt coordinator! This is a remarkable cast, and I can only say, 'Break a leg, everyone.' I'll see you on May 22, 2008, at the theater!"

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Monday, June 18, 2007 marked the first day of principal photography of the new Indiana Jones film. (The setting was New Mexico.)

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For the first time since 1989, the world got to see a new photograph of Harrison Ford in the familiar Indy gear on Thursday, June 21, 2007.
The photo was taken by director Steven Spielberg himself.

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During Paramount Pictures' Comic-Con presentation on Thursday, July 26, guests got a special live surprise - a video greeting from Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Ray Winston and newly announced star Karen Allen.

Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Before the title Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was chosen, several other titles were considered and even registered with the MPAA in August 2007, including:
- Indiana Jones and the City of Gods
- Indiana Jones and the Destroyer of Worlds
- Indiana Jones and the Fourth Corner of the Earth
- Indiana Jones and the Lost City of Gold
- Indiana Jones and the Quest for the Covenant

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The title, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was revealed by actor Shia LaBeouf on Sept. 9, 2007 at the MTV Video Music Awards, which were broadcast live from Las Vegas.

Production wrap

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull wrapped principal photography on Thursday, October 11, 2007.

Temple of the Crystal Skull

'DisneySea' at Tokyo, Japan, already had an Indiana Jones roller coaster ride named Temple of the Crystal Skull opened to the public on September 4th, 2001. You can still visit this attraction today!

An unproduced episode for the third season of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles tv-series was also going to feature a crystal skull.
In this specific episode - set in Honduras, December 1920 - Indy meets Belloq and they become friends. Belloq steals a crystal skull and sells it.


Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is the first Indiana Jones film without Pat Roach. Pat appeared in the previous three films. He even played two different characters in Raiders of the Lost Ark!
Pat Roach died on July 17th, 2004.


This is the first Indiana Jones film not photographed by Douglas Slocombe.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) was the very last of an impressive list of 77 films Slocombe was cinematographer of.


And Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is also the first Indiana Jones film without the help of legendary stunt coordinator and second unit director Vic Armstrong.


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