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Indy 4 to begin shooting around autumn 2006?
Monday, January 9, 2006

Frank Marshall, producer of all 3 previous Indiana Jones and many more successful films, gave IESB.net an update on The Bourne Ultimatum, Jurassic Park 4 and Indiana Jones 4.

Marshall mentioned that The Bourne Ultimatum, the third film of the Bourne Identity series, will begin shooting on August 1st. He added that it has nothing to do with the book, only the title is the same.

Frank Marshall also revealed that Indiana Jones 4 will happen immediately following The Bourne Ultimatum. He wouldn't confirm or reveal anything but said it is moving forward and everyone is happy with what they have read. Frank Marshall has yet to read the script but said that everyone will be reading it very soon. He would not say if Sean Connery would return or not.

He also mentioned that Jurassic Park 4 will begin after Indy 4.

Looks like we may expect an official Indiana Jones 4 production announcement from Lucas, Spielberg, Harrison Ford soon. Something we have been waiting for so many years. A good start for 2006!? Happy New year everybody!

Head over to IESB.net to read the original report.

Thanks to Heiko for the link.

 

More on Frank Marshall's Indy 4 production info
Tuesday, January 10, 2006

On Sunday afternoon (Jan. 8th), producer Frank Marshall welcomed a group of journalists to talk about his upcoming IMAX documentary Roving Mars.The focus of attention eventually became Frank Marshall's comments on the production state of The Bourne Ultimatum and Indiana Jones 4.
Zap2it.com was also present at Marshall's press meeting. Here follow some highlights from their news report by Daniel Fienberg:

"Way back when Harrison was being honored by the AFI when this all started, we were all standing backstage, we saw all the movies and everything and we were a little nostalgic and mellow and we said, 'You know, that was fun. We ought to do that. Let's try and do this." Marshall recounts. "Well that was a while ago. And I think that what we want is we want it to be as good as the others. These are not stories based on anything, so it's taking a while. But I'll tell you, it's on the front burner and we're gonna decide to do this or not real soon."

"We're gonna have a script real soon and now it's a question of getting our schedules all to where we can do it," is all Marshall can promise. "There's four of us, so it's hard."

Head over to Zap2it.com to read the full report.

Thanks to "Altern" at The Raven for the link.

 

Ford gives Lucas and Spielberg Indy 4 deadline
Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Harrison Ford has given Steven Spielberg and George Lucas a two-year time frame to make the fourth Indiana Jones film. IMDb.com mentions today that Ford is confident the next installment of the heroic adventurer's exploits will make it to the big screen eventually, but he's keen to hurry the process along.

Ford says, "It's looking very good to do another one. I haven't felt this positive about it happening in a long time... but if it doesn't happen in the next two years we should all forget it."

IMDb.com's news message mentions that production is set to begin in 2007. Nothing is set for sure so it can still be later this year.

Thanks to Heiko, Der Prasiden and P. Schwermer for the news.

 

Lucas hopes to see Indy 4 finished next year
Thursday, January 19, 2006

MTV.com has posted an update on Indiana Jones 4 today. Here follows George Lucas' latest comment on the Indy 4 script. 

"We just keep working on it," shrugged series writer/producer George Lucas. "You know, we just write and write and write and write and write. But we are getting closer, and hopefully this year we will have a start date and we will have a script that we all love and hopefully it will come out next year."

Still nothing really new. But Lucas and Ford both sound a lot more confident about this project. The buzz is getting bigger than ever before and things look like Indy 4 could start production within a year.

Head over to MTV.com for the full news update.

 

Frank Marshall looks forward to Indiana Jones again
Saturday, January 28, 2006

This week, ComingSoon.net also published an interview with producer Frank Marshall about his new IMAX presentation Roving Mars. A project in which Marshall joined forces with director George Butler and lead scientist Steve Squyres to document the 2003 NASA mission to land two unmanned vehicles on the surface of Mars. And Marshall briefly talks about Indiana Jones 4.

CS: You, Spielberg, Lucas, Harrison FordÖ you guys have nothing to prove, I would imagine the coffers are bursting at the seams. That said, what is the motivation for revisiting Indiana Jones?

Marshall: Well, beyond wanting to tell a really good story again because it's a wonderful franchiseÖ When we all saw each other at the AFI tribute to Harrison we said "you know, that was pretty fun, we ought to do another one of those." It's really about enjoying working together and having something that we can be proud of and that's why it's taking so long. We want to have a great story, cause there's a lot more downside risk than there is upside risk.

CS: Is it kind of a last hurrah, like reliving the old days kinda thing?

Marshall: Probably! (Laughter) No really, we had a wonderful time making all three movies and we rode off into the sunset which is a pretty definite period on the series, but yeahÖ let's see if we can come up with another idea cause it was so enjoyable to work together.

CS: Jeff Nathanson's draft is pretty good?

Marshall: Yeah yeah yeah, we're getting there.

Head over to ComingSoon.net to read the full interview. And thanks to Heiko for letting us know.

 

Harrison Ford's latest comments on Indy 4
Saturday, January 28, 2006

Harrison Ford is traveling through the US to promote his latest film, Firewall, which will be released on February 10th. Ford will be doing a lot of interviews during the coming weeks and you may be certain that most interviewers will ask him about Indiana Jones 4. Here follows a small overview of what Harrison Ford told about Indy 4 during the past 3 days.

The 63-year-old actor (Ford) is frank about his age and doesn't hesitate to point out that he's as physically fit as ever.
"I can't tell you anything about Indiana Jones, but I think you've just seen a film in which I perform physically to an extent (that will be) sufficient for Indiana Jones," he told ComingSoon.net.
Ford is referring to a specific scene in his latest thriller, Firewall, in which he and villain Paul Bettany get into a knock-down, nasty brawl where Ford is thrown through glass and tumbles over a balcony, just for starters.

No word yet on when a final script will be approved for Indiana Jones 4, but Ford is committed to making the movie.
"The audience is there," he said, and, "Everybody involved is anxious to make the film again."

Ain't It Cool News published the first online review of Firewall. The reviewer has seen Firewall at a screening including a Q&A with Harrison Ford afterwards. Here's an except of that article:

Outside of Firewall, he didn't say a whole lot of interest. He said he hopes that Indiana Jones starts soon ("Hopefully this summer" were his exact words) and that he has more projects lined up for the future than he's had in quite a while.

Thanks to ComingSoon.net, Ain't It Cool News and Heiko for the news.

 

Ford says Indy 4 is on the front burner
Thursday, February 2, 2006

Harrison Ford was guest at the Tonight Show with Jay Leno this Tuesday promoting his latest thriller Firewall. At one moment Leno asked Ford if he will do another Indiana Jones. Harrison replied as follows:

Leno: Will you do another Indiana Jones?
(5 seconds silence)
Ford: "yes... it's on the front burner".

And on january 30th, Italian newspaper Il Secolo XIX published an interview with Harrison Ford, mostly about Firewall. They also asked Ford about Indy 4 to which he answered that he and Spielberg are currently completing the script and feel they really don't want to miss with this movie.
Ford then spoke about his career: he said that he,like many other actors that got famous with genre films, finds very difficult for the public to recognize him in roles where he is not a leading fearless man or such. "they just can't see me as a submarine captain or pretending I cannot fly a plane when they know I can" said Ford. But Harrison Ford is happy than no else but him can be Dr. Jones, which as Ford says, "is not just a mindless macho-man".

Harrison Ford will be guest at the Late Night with Conan O'Brien show on Tuesday February 7th.

Thanks to Matt A., Kevin S., KDuncan and xdiesp from The Raven for the news.

 

Ford Indy 4 quote on MTV site
Thursday, February 2, 2006

MTV.com posted another quote coming from Harrison Ford about the fourth Indiana Jones film. Here's what they wrote about it:

The world has waited 17 years now for another Indiana Jones movie but, according to Harrison Ford, we'll have to keep waiting until they get the script right. "The deal is that the Internet is full of information," he grinned, implying that much of it is wrong. "We have an ambition to make [Indiana Jones 4], we have a possible time to make it and we have a script that is undergoing some revisions. That's as much as I can say at the moment."

Click here to read the original MTV article. And thanks to Brett Hopkins for the link.

 

Madsen is Ford's favorite to play Indy's new girl!
Friday, February 3, 2006

Harrison Ford talked about Indy 4 yet again this week. And this time it's not something we've heard many times before! Ford told that he'd love to have his Firewall co-star Virginia Madsen in the fourth Indiana Jones film! Here's what IMDb.com wrote:

Sideways star Virginia Madsen so impressed co-star Harrison Ford in new thriller Firewall, she's now the frontrunner to play his love interest in the fourth Indiana Jones adventure.
Madsen plays Ford's wife in the new movie and admits they both found an unusual chemistry on set - after the ageing action man handpicked her for the role.
And now Madsen is a clear favorite to play the leading lady in Indiana Jones 4. Ford tells movieline.net, "She was an absolute delight - professional, very talented and simply, very sweet. She also took what could have been a fairly one-dimensional damsel in distress role and added so many layers to it - there isn't many who could do that. I'd work with her again in a heartbeat. I'm actually hoping she'll come over for Indiana Jones. We've talked about it."

This news is no official announcement that Virginia Madsen will be in Indy 4 but only a mention that she's likely at the top of the list of possible female leads for the fourth Indiana Jones film.
I personally think she would be a very good choice to play Indy's love interest in Indiana Jones 4 as Madsen is a fantastic actress. She received an Oscar nomination for her role in Sideways last year.

Thanks to Brett Hopkins, Christopher and Valence for the news link.

 

Article on Ford's new Firewall and upcoming Indy 4
Wednesday, February 8, 2006

TMZ.com published an article written by David Germain about Harrison Ford's Firewall and future projects, including Indiana Jones 4. Here follows an except from David's article:

Ford hopes that two other pet projects will follow closely: Manhunt, a 19th century drama in which he's cast as the Army detective who tracks down John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln's assassin, and that elusive fourth chapter in the Indiana Jones saga.

Ford, producer George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg have kicked Indy 4 ideas around for years as several screenwriters had a go at the script.
"We're now closer than we've ever been," Ford said in an interview with The Associated Press in a beach-front hotel room. "I think it'll happen pretty soon."

At an American Film Institute bash for Lucas last year, Ford joked that they had to hurry, or co-star Sean Connery would be too old to play Indy's dad. At 63, does Ford feel too old to play dashing adventurer Indy?
"No, no. Indiana Jones changes just like everybody else," Ford said. "I don't have any issues with that, and I still feel physically adequate to faking it just like I've been doing for 30 years. I'm looking forward to it. It's good fun."

At one time, the three had hoped to shoot the Indiana Jones sequel in 2004 for release last year. Now, Ford said, production could begin this year, with the movie arriving in 2007.
Lucas has laid to rest his sixth and final Star Wars movie, while Spielberg is fresh from his 2005 two-fer, War of the Worlds and Munich.
"Part of it is finding a time when all three of us are available to commit to it," Ford said. "I think we've got that now."

The new Indiana Jones film will stick to old-fashioned, Saturday-matinee fisticuffs, Ford said.
Spielberg and Lucas have kept the story a secret, saying only that Indy 4 would take place after World War II. Can Ford add any details?
"It's set after World War II," Ford wisecracked, with his characteristic stone face.
And will Connery be back as Indiana's professorial pop?
Without a pause, Ford reiterated, "Sometime after World War II."

Click here to read the full article on Harrison Ford's latest projects.

Thanks to Jamie for the article link.

 

Harrison Ford's latest Indy 4 talk round-up 
Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Harrison Ford is currently busy promoting his latest film Firewall, which will hit the theatres this friday, February 10th. So a lot of interviews with Ford have been published in magazines and on websites recently. Here are some excepts from the interviews in which Ford talks about the fourth Indiana Jones film.

Paul Fischer from Dark Horizons recently talked with Harrison Ford about his latest thriller. Here follows what Ford said on Indy 4:

Fischer: How many times during this junket have you been asked about Indiana Jones 4?
Ford: "30" [laughter].

Fischer: Are we going to see it in Indiana Jones 4?
Ford: "I have that expectation. We have pretty much settled on a story and doing some script work and hopefully it will happen soon."

Fischer: How different is it going to be doing one 17 years later?
Ford: "Well it will be somewhat different because we are...no that is not true it is going to be exactly the same." [laughter]

Thomas Leupp from JoBlo.com also interviewed Harrison Ford recently. Here follows a small part of his interview:

JoBlo: Whatís up with the facial hair? Is it for a role youíre doing?
Ford:
"Yeah, Iím doing a film called Manhunt which takes place in Civil War time. Itís about the capture of John Wilkes Booth. Facial hair was a standard. Plus, I donít have to see much of my face."

JoBlo: Your director, Richard Loncraine, said you were in great shape. How do you stay fit?
Ford:
"I play tennis as much as possible, four or five times a week if Iím off, probably three times a week when Iím working. But thatís about it. Iíve suffered a very lucky genetic accident."

JoBlo: In regards to that, is there anything youíre doing to get ready for Indiana Jones 4? What can you tell us about that project?
Ford:
"Iím just waiting for the script to be ready. Everybody agrees that weíre close. Weíre excited about it. Iím looking forward to working with Steven (Spielberg) again. The audience is there for it; Iím looking forward to it."

JoBlo: After Manhunt, do you have any projects after that or are you waiting for Indiana Jones 4?
Ford:
"I have about four or five things in development right now which are beginning to bear fruit, so Iím not sure whatís going to be after Manhunt."

And here follows a quote from Ford during an interview published in Time magazine, February 13th edition:

Time: When are you dusting off your fedora for Indiana Jones 4?
Ford: "The fedora is available. Weíre closer than weíve ever been. Iím looking forward to it."

Thanks to Christopher and Brett Hopkins for the interview links.

 

Ford's latest Indy 4 talk round-up part 2
Friday, February 10, 2006

Harrison Ford's latest thriller Firewall hits the theatres today! And a few more interviews and articles have been published since our last Ford talk round-up only 2 days ago. So here follow some more excepts from interviews in which Ford mentions Indiana Jones 4:

In an Indy 4 article recently published on the site Cinematical you will find the following quote from Harrison Ford, referring to his work in Firewall:

Ford: "I can't tell you anything about Indiana Jones, but I think you've just seen a film in which I perform physically to an extent [that will be] sufficient for Indiana Jones."

Fellow Indyfan Brett Hopkins mentioned to me today that it is a shame they don't focus more on Firewall during interviews with Harrison Ford. And Brett's correct! But it's still fun to read Ford's quotes on Indy 4, even when they don't reveal anything new.
And with Brett's words came a link to an interesting article published on The Mercury News site with as title Ford gets behind `Firewall,' prepares for `Indy 4'.

CBS News site has published an article, entitled Harrison Ford's Big Secret, about Ford's visit to The Early Show this week. The show's co-anchor Harry Smith hit him with a burning question about a very different subject: is there going to be a new Indiana Jones movie?

"I hope so," said Ford. "We're close. We have a script."
Ford said that Steven Spielberg is still working on the script but that, "Hopefully, he'll satisfy himself and we'll get on with it pretty soon."

As to which characters will be back along with Indiana, Ford wasn't talking. But he hinted that Indiana's elderly dad, played by Sean Connery, might still be in the mix.
"I think everybody is still in pretty good shape," he said.

Patrick Hodges was so kind to let me know that Ford made an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show today promoting Firewall. Towards the end of the interview she asked him if there will be another Indiana Jones. Harrison replied simply and very assuring: "We're very close."

But probably the most interesting article of the whole week was published on CNN.com yesterday. In the article Harrison Ford and the movie machine, Todd Leopold talks about Fords incredible film career. Here follows an except:

Sometimes he appears -- perhaps understandably -- weary with a question, and his voice trails off. In one case, it sounds eerily like the computer HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

He's also guarded about the new Indiana Jones film, which has been rumored to be in the offing.

"Well, it hasn't been announced yet," he says. "And the script goes through a process: George [Lucas] is the initiator, then it goes to Steven [Spielberg], and then Steven and I work together. ... But we're hoping it will get up and going very soon."

But Ford, even at 63, feels ready for the challenge. "Indiana Jones changes just like everybody else," he told The Associated Press. "I don't have any issues with that, and I still feel physically adequate to faking it just like I've been doing for 30 years. I'm looking forward to it. It's good fun."

And while it's still only a big rumor, The Salem News online mentions that Indy 4 will begin shooting this summer.

Thanks to Jamie, Patrick Hodges, Christopher, Brett Hopkins and Shipwreck for the interview & article links.

 

Frank Marshall has new film out & talks Indy 4
Friday, February 17, 2006

Indiana Jones actor Harrison Ford saw his latest film Firewall out last week. And Indiana Jones producer Frank Marshall has a new directed feature hitting the theatres this week!
Marshall's film is called Eight Bellow and  tells the tale of sled dogs forced to fend for themselves for months in the deep-frozen Antarctic wilderness following the emergency evacuation of a group of researchers whoíd used the animals to travel to distant scientific sites.

Frank Marshall recently talked with TheNewsTribune.com about Eight Bellow. Near the end of their conversation Marshall also mentioned Indiana Jones 4.

The long-awaited, much anticipated Indiana Jones 4. Spielberg, Marshall, Harrison Ford and George Lucas have been talking about getting that picture made since at least 2000, but somehow, either because of difficulties in aligning the schedules of the four principals or getting a satisfactory script written, itís not yet come to pass. Lately, though, Ford has said itís on the brink. "Weíre closer now than weíve ever been," he said in a recent Associated Press story. "I think itíll happen pretty soon."

Marshall concurs. "It is on the front burner. Weíre talking about it all the time."

ďIt is definitely at the forefront of what weíre thinking about as something weíre going to do soon.Ē

Soon, like in the next two years?
ďAbsolutely,Ē he said firmly.

Click here to read the full article about Frank Marshall and visit the official Eight Below site if you would like to find out more about Marshall's new film.

Thanks to Brett Hopkins for the article link!

 

Spielberg is about to make Indiana Jones 4
Tuesday, February 21, 2006

During a recent interview with Israelís Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper Steven Spielberg talked about his latest film Munich, politics, and Indiana Jones 4: 

Spielberg: "I haven't given up making entertaining films, but over the last decade I have been making some films that express the respect I have for history."
"I am about to make Indiana Jones 4, which is, as far as I am concerned, the sweet dessert I give those who had to chow down on the bitter herbs that I've used in Munich."

George Lucas already announced before a big audience that a fourth Indiana Jones film is coming. Harrison Ford has frequently mentioned that he'll return to play Indy soon. Frank Marshall mentioned on more than 1 account that Indy 4 will probably start production this year, for a 2007 release. And now Steven Spielberg even says that he's set to make this long anticipated film. It never looked more positive for Indiana Jones 4 than today! But as we know by now, things in Hollywood can turn pretty quickly. To better or worse!

And about Frank Marshall's words, he recently told the London Free Press that they have a script for Jurassic Park 4.

Frank Marshall says Jurassic Park IV "has a good script now, so we should have that one up and running next year for release in 2008."

Marshall previously mentioned that they would start on Jurassic Park IV after the fourth Indiana Jones is completed. This can only mean that they plan to release Indy 4 in 2007 and around the same time start production on the next Jurassic Park film.

Thanks to William and ComingSoon.net for the news.

 

Ford's latest Indy 4 talk coming from Australia
Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Harrison Ford is currently visiting Australia to promote his latest thriller Firewall. And even there journalists ask him about the fourth Indiana Jones film.

Ford has just done an interview in New Zealand on a TV program called Close Up (interview done in Australia, but aired in NZ) and during the interview they briefly talked about Indy 4.

Close up: Will we see another Indy?
Ford: "eum... yeah, I'm looking forward to it. We're close."

And Glenn has let me know that Harrison Ford appeared on Rove Live earlier today on Channel 10 in Australia. He visited the Rove Live show to promote Firewall which opens on March 2 there. Rove rounded off the interview with some True or False questions for Mr Ford:

Rove: Is it true that you wanted Han Solo to die at the end of Episode 6?
Ford: "I thought the Son of a Bitch should die."

Rove: Are you sick of people asking you if there should be an Indiana Jones 4?
Ford: "I thought the Son of a Bitch should die."

Harrison Ford then went on to seriously say that he believes returning to Indiana Jones will be fun and hopes to play him again very very soon.

A big thanks to Glenn and Aaron Wilkinson for the news!

 

Godspeed is cancelled, Indy 4 next for Ford?
Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Moviehole.net caught up with the always quietly reserved Harrison Ford this morning for a quick chat in sun-drenched Melbourne.

First bit of news, the science-fiction film he was going to do, Godspeed, has been canned. ďGodspeed is gone, that was a space project with James CameronĒ, he says of the project, which would have told of a crisis on an international space station.

Rumoured to be his next project is Manhunt, which is ďabout the capture of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln.Ē So is it? ďThat would seem to be nextĒ, smiles Ford. Um. Seem to be next? Why so tight-lippedÖ

ď[Thereís] a bunch of other things that have come to fruition...recently", he added.
Sounds like ĎThe Man in the Hatí Ė um, thatís Indiana Jones for the three up the back Ė could be ready to go.

Moviehole.net's full interview with Harrison Ford will be online in the next few days.

 

Ford's latest Indy 4 talk from Down Under
Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Here's another article that has appeared on Stuff.co.nz regarding Harrison Ford's Firewall promo tour in Australia. The short article also mentions Indiana Jones 4:

"I'd like to see what part of the equation Misters Lucas and Spielberg played in that tally."
Those two Misters - directors George Lucas and Steven Spielberg - will soon reunite with Ford for a fourth Indiana Jones movie. They played major roles in establishing him as one of Hollywood's biggest stars - the archetypal rugged hero with heart, charm and humour.
"What I appreciate is that people have paid good money and spent good time with me over the years," said Ford.

And the Sydney Morning Herald published a video of Harrison Ford's Firewall press conference on their site. A brief but interesting press conference as they also asked Harrison Ford if he will be cracking the whip again as Indiana Jones:

Ford: "I anticipate that it's gonna be sooner than later. We have a script that is... a degree of agreement on. And it's still in process. But I am hoping that it'll be pretty soon."

It's always much more fun to see Ford talking about Indiana Jones than reading his comments in articles! So be sure to check out Sydney Morning Herald's video here. (IE seems best to view this page.)

Thanks again to Aaron Wilkinson for the news.

 

David Koepp is now working on the Indy 4 script!
Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Steven Spielberg told Roger Friedman, from Fox News, at a post-Oscar party that he is taking 2006 off from directing after a particularly stressful year making War of the Worlds and Munich back-to-back. Spielberg will spend the time continuing to develop his Abe Lincoln biopic as well as Indiana Jones 4.
And now for the bigger news, Spielberg has hired yet another writer to work on the Indy 4 script. His close friend/writer David Koepp will be taking over Jeff Nathanson's job and hopefully finish the script for good.

Friedman: "George Lucas told me recently that thereís a script and heís happy with the story."

Spielberg: "George Lucas isnít the director. I am."

"I have David Koepp on it now, and heís my 'closer,'" Spielberg said, using a baseball reference to the pitcher who comes in during the 9th inning and finishes up a winning ball game.

"He wrote Spider-Man and War of the Worlds," Spielberg said, "so heíll get it done."

I have wondered why they didn't go for David Koepp earlier. Koepp is a great screenplay writer who knows how to write excellent adventure films! David Koepp's earlier work includes films like Jurassic Park, Carlito's Way, Mission: Impossible, Stir of Echoes, Panic Room, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds and also the recent Zathura, which was a modest but very fun film for the whole family!

An extra bit of trivia: David Koepp has a great cameo role in Spielberg's The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Koepp is the man that is eaten by the T-Rex next to the video store in San Diego!

You can read Roger Fiedman's original news message at FOXNews.com.

Thanks to Christopher, Paul, Brett Hopkins, Eric Roth, Alex Felton, Sean Seaton and Mike for letting me know.

 

Lucas still not completely happy with the Indy 4 script
Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Bill Zwecker went to the Governors Ball at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel (next to the Kodak Theatre Oscar show) and had a chat with some Academy Award winners and nominees. One of the people Zwecker spoke with was Steven Spielberg who gave some more insight at the current state of the Indiana Jones 4 script:

Spielberg's upcoming films? Yes, "there definitely will be a Jurassic Park 4, and I'm pretty sure we'll be doing an Indiana Jones 4, but I can't confirm that -- that's up to my boss, George Lucas. ... He still is not completely happy with the script, so I can't say more about that until he gives it his OK."

This probably explains why Spielberg has hired David Koepp to work on the Indy 4 script.

Click here to read Bill Zwecker's full Oscar after-party column.

 

Marshall reassures that Indy 4 is not on hold again
Thursday, March 9, 2006

MTV.com published some new quotes from superproducer Frank Marshall on his Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones 4 projects.

"Jurassic Park 4 is coming to life," he proudly reported. "There's a script, we're getting a director and we're going to get going probably toward the end of this year." Referring to the director of Park 3, Marshall added that "Joe Johnston could be back. We want to get the script right before we go forward, which is exactly what's [happening with what] your next question is going to be about, Indy 4."
OK then, Frank: What is going on with the next Indiana Jones movie? "We're getting the script right, we're working on it. It's not one of those things that's on the back burner." Grinning, Marshall added that he might try to get both films made by simply combining them. "Indiana Jones goes to the island," he said. "Indy versus the raptors. Get him with that whip."

Thanks to Maxime for the news link.

 

Harrison Ford's concerns with the Indy 4 script
Thursday, March 9, 2006

Starpulse.com published a short article about Harrison Ford getting prepared play Indiana Jones once again, despite concerns over the script.

He tells British film magazine Empire, "If you find out when it's starting, let me know. The reason it hasn't happened yet is we haven't had a good enough script. (Is the) script ready? I think that was a different script... it looms. (M. Night Shyamalan was writing the script) and I think we lost him through the failure of George and Steven to attend to him, which is a real shame."

This comes from the UK Empire magazine, which means that this quote from Harrison Ford is certainly older than 7 days. Could even be recorded a month ago. All before the recent news that Spielberg might take a break this year and that David Koepp is now working on the Indy 4 script.

Thanks to Brett Hopkins for the news link.

 

Lucas has approved the Indy 4 script
Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Rick McCallum attended last nightís Sony Ericsson Empire Awards to pick up Best Sci-Fi Film and Scene of the Year awards for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. And McCallum took the time to give a few more tidbits on Lucasfilmís next few projects to Empire Online.

McCallum: ďWeíre working on Red Tails right now. George is writing the script as we speak. Heís just finished the Indiana Jones script, and Stevenís having that rewritten and a few things done. And then we start hopefully in October or November looking for another writer for Red Tails when George puts together his ideas of what he wants it to be. Then hopefully next year weíll start on that.Ē

So the deal with the Indy 4 script seems to be as follows:
George Lucas is pleased with the latest script version and handed it over to Steven Spielberg and, War of the Worlds writer, David Koepp for a final rewrite. And I think that we shouldn't worry about them using the word "rewrite". It could just as well be some final tweaking to reach as close to perfection as possible.
Oh yeah, and the rumor that Harrison Ford has concerns with the Indy 4 script is bogus.

Thanks to Heiko and Maxime for the news link.

 

Ford eager to start Indiana Jones 4
Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Reuters reported today that Harrison Ford is ready to jump back into his favorite film role and begin shooting Indiana Jones 4 soon, a German magazine quoted the Hollywood actor as saying on Wednesday.

"Steven Spielberg and I now have a script in hand that we both like. I believe that we can start with the filming soon," Ford was quoted as saying in an interview with German lifestyle and entertainment magazine Fit for Fun.

The third and last Indy film, 1989 hit Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, starred Ford as the whip-swinging archaeologist and Sean Connery as his bumbling father.

Ford, 63, was quoted as saying that he needed "to do a little practicing with the whip" to avoid injuries.

Thanks to Ernie and Nick for the news links!

 

TIME magazine interviewed George Lucas
Wednesday, March 15, 2006

TIME magazine's Film Critic Richard Corliss had an interview with George Lucas about his Ďretirementí and the future of digital filmmaking. They also spoke briefly about Indy 4. 

Richard Corliss: If youíre retired, I guess youíll be less involved with an Indiana Jones 4 than you were in the first three?
George Lucas: "Well, Iíve been working on Indy 4 for ten years. So Iíve been more involved, so no matter how you count it on this one Iíll be more involved than Iíll have ever been on the other three put together. Itís taken forever to get a script of it. Thatís my part of it."

Corliss: Isnít Harrison Ford now older than Sean Connery was when he played his father in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?
Lucas: "Uhh, yeah. But the thing is designed for that. And I think itís funny, itís exciting. You know the problem there, which is not a problem, is that we donít have to make that movie. All we can do is hurt ourselves, all itís going to do is get criticized. I mean itís basically Phantom Menace weíre making. No matter how you do it, no matter what you do, it wonít be what the other ones were in terms of the impact or the way people remember them."

Corliss: But thereís also no need to complete the holes in the epic.
Lucas: "We donít have anything like that. We just had a great time making those movies. And if we can have a great time doing this one and we can enjoy ourselves, and make something thatís entertaining to us, no matter what the world thinks, letís just do it."

Corliss: Do you say, "Dammit, Steven, do it in digital," and he says, "Dammit, George, Iím doing it on film"?
Lucas: "Pretty much."

Corliss: Who wins?
Lucas: "Heíll win. Heís the director. The great thing about working with Steven is that we donít have agendas. We want to make the best movie possible, I want him to be happy. If he he wants to shoot it on film and cut it on a Movieola... Hey, heís got a great editor. Michael Kahn can cut faster on a Movieola than anybody can cut on an Avid. And I donít really care. But I do tell him, 'This is your chance to play with this and experiment with it and blame it all on me'ósay, ĎHe made me do it.í And then you can go back to film if you want. But he has relented after all these years to maybe cutting it digitally. Weíll see what happens."

Head over to TIME.com to read the full interview with George Lucas. It's quite longe, very interesting and really worth reading!

Thanks to Brett Hopkins for the news.

 

The script is ready, Indy 4 may begin this year!
Thursday, March 16, 2006

German magazine Fit for Fun quotes Harrison Ford stating "Steven Spielberg and I now have a script in hand that we both like. I believe that we can start with the filming soon".

Rumors of Stevenís year long leave from filming may have been premature.
Marvin Levy, Spielbergís publicists confirms Fords status of the project stating "[The script] certainly seems to be [in the can], but I donít think weíre at the point where we have a film start date. But it is certainly the closest where weíve been in this whole development process."

Additionally Levy denies Variety and Fox reports regarding Spielbergís time off reporting that he may be "starting something before 2007". "I think itís much more likely that [Spielberg] will do an Indy movie before he does ĎLincoln," said Levy.

You can read the full article online at Yahoo! News.

And thanks to Alex and Justin for the news link.

 

Ford is still capable of doing his own stunts!
Wednesday, March 22, 2006

BBC News has a small video interview with Harrison Ford on their site. The interview is mainly about Firewall but Ford also talks about Indiana Jones 4 and the fact that he is still capable of doing his own stunts at the age of 63. 

The presenter in the video also states that the fourth Indiana Jones film is about to go into production any day now. Well, that would be very fast if it's true!

Click here and look for "BBC News: Video and Audio". Click on the photo of Harrison Ford and you'll get to see the video interview.

Thanks to Anthony for the video link.

 

Harrison Ford talks more Indiana Jones 4
Friday, March 31, 2006

During a recent Q&A session with the Time Out Movie Blog, Harrison Ford talked about Firewall - which is released in the UK today! - and also briefly about the fourth Indiana Jones film. Here follows what Ford had to say about Indy 4:

"Indiana Jones is going to be older" Ford explained, "And the story will therefore take place in a different historical period of time. We are not going back to World War II and the Nazis but I think that it will be relatively the same type of tale - George's special mix of Saturday matinee western serial and crypto-spiritual sort of stuff."

He continued: "George is the one who generates these movies. Steven and I make them. We come on board after George has prescribed the territory."

"Sometimes we don't agree and there was one script in particular that I didn't like so it was back to the drawing board. Now, after however many years, I'm delighted that we have something that we all have confidence in."

Head over to The TOMB site for the full interview with Harrison Ford.

Thanks to 'Dene' from The Raven for the news.

 

Marshall talks Indy 4 story & filming location
Monday, April 3, 2006

Australian news source Herald Sun caught producer Frank Marshall saying that Indiana Jones's much awaited next round of whip-cracking adventures may be shot in Australia.

"It is still on the frontburner," said Marshall in Sydney today, promoting his new film Eight Below which opens nationally on April 20. "We really have to get the story right. The story has to be really good for any of us to do it and there are three pretty strong-willed creative minds involved in saying yes."

Sean Connery played Jones' father in the original films and is rumored to be in the fourth installment, although Marshall couldn't confirm this. "Harrison is going to play the character and it is going to be 10 or 12 years later," said Marshall.

"It will be a story that makes sense and is believable."

Marshall said the film would likely go into production early next year and could be shot in Australia, Europe or the United States. "My job as producer is to get the movie made so if I can do it better and cheaper here in Australia, then I am going to do it,"

"Australia is a definite possibility for Indiana Jones and a couple of other things I am working on at the moment." said Marshall.

Frank Marshall is most likely talking about filming "in studio" in Australia. This doesn't automatically mean the Indiana Jones 4 story will take our hero on an adventure down under! Remember that Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith was also filmed in studios in Australia.

Click here to read the full news article. And thanks to Nick and Paul for the news link.

 

Ford says Indy 4 is 99.75% likely to happen
Tuesday, April 4, 2006

As mentioned yesterday, BBC ONE just aired their first episode of a new programme called Hollywood Greats tonight. This first episode centered around Harrison Ford's career and included an extended interview with Ford, by British film critic Jonathan Ross.

At the end of the great interview Jonathan asked Ford how much of a chance there was of another Indiana Jones film.

Harrison Ford stalled his answer for a few seconds and then responded that it was "99 and three quarter percent." likely to happen.

Then further asked if Sean Connery would return as Indy's father in Indy 4, at which Ford smiled "I can't really say, but I would hope." To that Jonathan Ross responded with "So he's going to be in it, then." and Ford just kind of laughed and didn't say anything.

Nothing really new or concrete but a 99.75% chance sure sounds very reassuring for Indiana Jones 4!
And we still didn't get a clear answer to the question if we'll get to see Sean Connery as Indy's father once again. So spreading the news that Connery WILL make an appearance in Indy 4 would be premature! But Ford did made it sound like there's a good chance.

Thanks to Matt and 'Ste2652' for the Hollywood Greats programme report.

 

Spielberg working hard to get Indy 4 into shape
Friday, April 7, 2006

BusinessWeek Online recently interviewed Steven Spielberg about his recent breakup with Universal. A new contract with Paramount is underway which will boost some much needed life back into Viacom. When asked about when he will be making another film, Spielberg said,

"I'm working hard to get Indiana Jones 4 into shape. That's a Paramount picture, and we have had 10 revisions of the script. Right now [War of the Worlds screenwriter] David Koepp is working on it, and it's getting close. I'd like to get it going for 2007. And I'd like do something from Doris Kearns Goodwin's book Team of Rivals, about Abraham Lincoln."

You'd better hurry on the Indiana Jones film. Harrison Ford says he's not getting any younger....
"Harrison Ford is still strong enough to pull a PT Cruiser on his back."

You can read the entire interview with Steven at BusinessWeek Online.

 

There "might" be a desert scene in Indy 4
Monday, May 1, 2006

During a recent interview with Empire Magazine producer Frank Marshall reveals some info on a possible exotic location for Indiana Jones 4:

Empire: So whatís the next exotic place that Indy 4ís gonna go to?
Marshall: "The next exotic Iím gonna be in is London! Indy 4 is probably going to shoot next year, all around the world again. Weíre writing the script, itís coming along, and I think itís on a very positive track."

Empire: So whatís the angle going to be in the story this time?
Marshall: "Oh, I canít tell you that!"

Empire: Oh go onÖ.
Marshall: "I can tell you itís going to be about 10 years later, itíll be in the 50s, so obviously Indy will be older, so Harrison will be able to play the role, but other than that my lips are sealed."

Empire: Youíve done the Sahara now, I suppose; any other deserts that we can seeÖ?
Marshall:: "There might be a desert involved, yeah, but which one I canít tell you."

Click here to read the full interview in which Frank Marshall also talks about his other upcoming films; Jurassic Park 4 and The Bourne Ultimatum!

Lucas says the script for Indy 4 is finally done!
Thursday, May 11, 2006

MTV had a chat with George Lucas who says the script for Indiana Jones 4 is finally done! And he added that the film won't be any louder, bigger or faster than the previous 3 films. Indy 4 will prize dialogue over decibels.

"I think Tom Cruise proved that people are getting bored with that kind of stuff," Lucas said Monday at a Jazz at Lincoln Center dinner celebrating Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people. "What they want to see is something different. And Indiana Jones, if nothing else, is always different."

And Lucas is, if nothing else, reliably vague. He's not yet ready to give up the treasure trove of what lurks in the plot for the first Indiana Jones movie since 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, except to say the script is finally done and the flick will "probably" start shooting next year.

"We're working on it, we're working on it," Lucas said. "We've been working on it for 10 years. I think it'll be a great film, but it's completely different. It's still got a lot of action, and it's still very funny. I think it works like crazy."

Click here to read the full article. And thanks to Heiko for the news link!


Madsen denies playing Mrs. Jones in Indy 4
10/06/06, 5:10pm EST

Back in February when Harrison Ford was promoting his latest thriller Firewall, he mentioned that he loved working with Virginia Madsen on the film and that he wanted to work with her on Indiana Jones IV as well. "I'd work with her again in a heartbeat. I'm actually hoping she'll come over for Indiana Jones. We've talked about it." Ford said.

When Madsen was in New York to do press for Garrison Keiller's A Prairie Home Companion ComingSoon.net had a chance to ask the actress about this rumor.

"I think that's the best rumor I ever heard about myself," she said, laughing. "I so hope it's true, but no, we never really talked about that. I talked to Harrison about it, as a fan. 'Are you really going to do another Indiana Jones movie? Have you found a script yet?' I don't know whether that was something that somebody picked up that he said. I don't know. I'm going to see him next week, but I'm too shy to ask him. I hope it's not a rumor that's ruining my chances."

Virginia Madsen is good in anything she does and she would certainly make a good leading lady in the fourth Indiana Jones film. But that's just my opinion.

Head over to ComingSoon.net to read the full report.


Lucas wants Sean Connery back in Indy 4!
10/06/06, 5:14pm EST

George Lucas told Access Hollywood that he is pushing to get Sean Connery to appear in Indiana Jones 4, which Lucas executive produces.
"I would love him to be in the next 'Indiana Jones'... maybe I can push him into it," said Lucas.
When asked if he knew whether or not Connery wanted to appear in the film, Lucas said, "I think he does."
Lucas jokingly added, "We are writing him in whether he wants to do it or not."
Lucas was among those honoring Sean Connery as he received the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award on Thursday


Indiana Jones 4 scheduled for a 2008 release
20/06/06, 11:37am EST

As the industry gears up for this week's Licensing 2006 International trade show in New York, there are many hot properties like Spider-Man 3, The Simpsons Movie but the prominent for Spielberg fans is Indiana Jones.

Howard Roffman, president of Lucas Licensing, said the Lucasfilm division will be looking for licensing partners for the summer 2007 release of a new Indiana Jones video game from LucasArts and the summer 2008 release of a new Indiana Jones movie.

Although the game news is exciting but Indiana Jones and Spielberg fans alike may have to wait another two years before they see the much delayed Indiana Jones 4.

Summer 2008 makes more sense since Spielberg is involved in various TV and film projects where he is serving as a producer in 2007 like On the Lot and Transformers.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Indy 4 script expected in a few months
23/06/06, 8:43am EST

Today's Hollywood Reporter has an article on all the projects that CEO Stacey Snider is working on at DreamWorks Pictures.

The article provides tidbit of an update on what's happening with the Indian Jones 4 script. Hollywood Reporter reports that 'Snider's current task will be finding the next picture Spielberg directs. There are several projects on the drawing board, including an Abraham Lincoln biopic, an untitled space travel project at Paramount and a script by Rod Lurie set in the glitzy New York media world as well as Indiana Jones 4, which Paramount would co-finance with George Lucas' Lucasfilm. David Koepp's script is expected in two to three months.

Thanks to 'Tina' for heads up.


5 facts about Indiana Jones 4 article
28/06/06, 11:15am EST

AskMen.com has published a fun article on the fourth Indiana Jones film. In "5 Things You Didnít Know About Indiana Jones 4" their writer Matt Forsman, talks about the the long gap of years between Indy's Last Crusade in 1989 and the upcoming Indiana Jones 4. And with that also comes the 5 most interesting facts/rumors about the production of the fourth Indiana Jones films.

Although the article doesn't contain any new info on Indy 4, it is still worth checking out.

Thanks to Eric Zala for letting us know.


Spielberg talks more Indiana Jones 4
17/07/06, 4:34pm EST

Steven Awalt of SpielbergFilms got a chance to talk to Steven Spielberg this weekend at the Chicago International Film Festivalís (CIFF) Tribute to Spielberg. Mr. Spielberg was in Chicago to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the CIFF.

Summed up, Spielberg said that David Koepp is still working on finishing the Indiana Jones script and that nothing of Frank Darabont's earlier Indy 4 script version has survived.

Awalt: Is Indiana Jones going to be the Ďsweet dessert after the bitter herbsí of Munich that youíd mentioned in the one interview?

Spielberg: "Well you know, George and I have been promising it for a lot of years now, but Iím making every attempt to keep my promise. I just want to make sure that the fanbase is given the best Indiana Jones anybody could possibly make, and until I can assure myself that at least Iím trying to make the best Indiana Jones film of all time, the development will continue. The process of developing the script will continue, and it continues right now with David Koepp writing the script."

Awalt: That was a surprising turn!

Spielberg: "Well David Koepp is a great closer. And heís done some great projects for me, you know all of them. And I feel that if anybody can do it and pull this together, David can."

Awalt: The Darabont screenplay. Youíve probably read some of the controversy.

Spielberg: "Itís a wonderful screenplay!"

Awalt: Thatís what Iíve heard you thought of it.

Spielberg: "I liked it a lot."

Awalt: Are you going to use any parts of it in the final version of the film?

Spielberg: "I am not."

Awalt: Will it ever see the light of day?

Spielberg: "SomedayÖ [hesitates] No, I donít think it will. Darabont wrote a wonderful screenplay and Frankís a very close friend of mine and weíre collaborating on a number of things, but sadly Indy 4 will not be one of them."

It's sad to hear that the final version of the Indiana Jones 4 script will contain no parts of Darabont's work. Frank Darabont is such a talented writer and director. Though this must mean that the script version David Koepp is finishing is fantastic!

And I bet all the Indiana Jones fans are now hoping Darabont's Indy 4 script version will someday get published (or find its way onto the internet).

Click here to read Steven Awalt's full interview with Spielberg.


Steve Sansweet talks Indy 4 script progress
25/07/06, 5:40pm EST

Steve Sansweet, Lucasfilm's Head of Fan Relations, talked about upcoming Star Wars events and Indiana Jones 4 past weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con in front of a huge crowd.

ďThe current status is that Steven Spielberg is having another script written right now by David Koepp,Ē Sansweet told the crowd at Comic-Con, ďand we are all hoping that that script is delivered in the next couple of months, and that Steven and Harrison and George like it, and that we start production ó pre-production at least ó sometime late this year, or early next year. But again, weíve been close to that several times, so itís silly that anybody says, ĎOh yeah, I know that theyíre definitely going to do it, or theyíre definitely not gonna do it.í Right now, we really donít know, but we all have our fingers crossed. I think weíre closer than we ever have been before, and so weíre hoping we see a new Indy movie in the next couple of years.Ē

Thanks to Bonnie and ComingSoon.net for the news.


Lucas, Spielberg and Ford talk Indy 4
21/08/06, 1:45pm EST

Empire Online had an exclusive chat with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford about the highly anticipated Indiana Jones 4. The film is scheduled to start filming mid-2007 for a 2008 release!
"We're basically going to do The Phantom Menace," says Lucas (stay with him here, he's making a point). "People's expectations are way higher than you can deliver. You could just get killed for the whole thingÖWe would do it for fun and just take the hit with the critics and the fans...But nobody wants to get into it unless they are really happy with it."

The 'damned if you do, damned if you don't' situation has freed up an idea for a plot that was originally deemed too incendiary.

"I discovered a McGuffin," continues Lucas, still reluctant to name said 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 MacGuffin and take out the offending parts of it and we'll still use that area of the supernatural do deal with it".

"Hopefully it will be different in all the right ways and the same in all the familiar ways," adds Spielberg.

As for timing, Lucas says that filming is scheduled for mid-2007, for a 2008 release but getting the gang back together is a tricky proposition. "Before I was just working with Steven and Harrison. Now everybody's a superstar, so it's a little bit more difficult than it was then. But there's a good chance it will happen," assures Ford. "There are things left for this character to do."

Click here to read the original article.

Thanks to Chrish and Empire for the news.


Work on the Indiana Jones 4 script continues
05/10/06, 6:41am EST

Variety talked to George Lucas, who says that Lucasfilm is getting out of the film business. "We don't want to make movies. We're about to get into television. As far as Lucasfilm is concerned, we've moved away from the feature film thing, because it's too expensive and it's too risky. I think the secret to the future is quantity. Because that's where it's going to end up."

But don't panic, Lucasfilm has at least one feature film commitment left, Indiana Jones 4 is still in development! "Steve [Spielberg] and I are still working away, trying to come up with something we're happy with. Hopefully in a short time we will come to an agreement. Or something," Lucas said, without a great deal of enthusiasm.

George Lucas is also working on a film about the Tuskegee airmen of World War II called Red Tails. "I've been working on that for about 15 years," Lucas said, adding he's also been working on Indy 4 for 15 years already.

And Lucas Animation does plan to start making feature films eventually, but head over to Variety.com for more info on that.

Harrison Ford also mentioned that there is still some work left on Indiana Jones 4 before they are ready to go into production. The Rocky Mountain News published a new interview with Ford on the occasion of the Aspen FilmFest's Independent by Nature Award Harrison Ford received past weekend.
During this interview Ford was of course asked about the progress on Indy 4. "Happily, it's a character that I enjoy," Ford told the Rocky Mountain News. "I enjoy working with Steven [Spielberg] and George [Lucas]. It's unlike anything else I've done. That makes it a pleasure. There are still issues to be resolved with the movie. But hopefully they will be, and we'll be able to shoot some time next year."

Click here to read the full interview with Harrison Ford.


Indiana Jones is becoming an old man
09/10/06, 3:48pm EST

MTV talked to George Lucas about his upcoming CG-animated and live-action Star Wars TV series, his Red Tails film, and the current status of Indiana Jones 4 of course. Here follows the Indy 4 related clip from MTV's interesting article:

Those who haven't been stuck in a cave for the past five years know all too well that Lucas, Spielberg and Harrison Ford have been developing a fourth Indiana Jones adventure for more than a half-decade now, with all three needing to approve the finished script. When pressed for an update, Spielberg insisted that he wanted to keep the day's focus on his producing partner; Lucas is optimistic about the project.

"Steve and I are still working on the script," Lucas said, but he wouldn't confirm rumors that Indy will have some sort of young apprentice ó family member or otherwise ó in the flick. "We don't know yet, because we haven't got the script finished yet."

Indy's executive producer did, however, reveal one theme that he's determined to address in the first "Jones" flick since 1989's The Last Crusade. "Well, he's an old man," Lucas admitted. "That'll be in there."

Old age is clearly on Lucas' mind, and it seems to be shaping a lot more than just the Indy 4 script. "I'm kind of semi-retired," he said during the press conference announcing his donation...

George Lucas recently handed over the largest donation in the history of the University of Southern California ó giving birth to the college's brand-new School of Cinematic Arts.

Click here to read more about George Lucas' other projects.

Source: ComingSoon.net


Harrison Ford says he feels "fit to continue"
21/10/06, 1:14pm EST

Harrison Ford said at the Rome Film Festival on Friday that he was delighted to team up again with directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas for the film.
"We did three films that stay within the same block of time. We need to move on for artistic reasons and obvious physical reasons," Ford said at a news conference. "I feel fit to continue and bring the same physical action."

Indiana Jones 4 has been in development for over a decade, but the production has recently gained momentum. Lucas has said he and Spielberg, who would direct, are working on a script, though no details have been disclosed.

In the last film, Jones' father was played by Sean Connery, who Ford said might also appear in the planned fourth feature.
"He's part of the emotional fabric of these films. I think there may be an opportunity, I believe that Sean is still willing and I'd be delighted if he joined us," said Ford.
Connery, who attended the Rome event last week, has said that no offer had been made.

Ford declined to provide details about a shooting schedule or film locations, adding that the directors were not yet finished with the script.
"I think it's a real opportunity to make a film as successful ... as the ones we've made before," he said.

Read the original news message at CNN.com. Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.

And a big thanks to Ward, Pamela Schultz, Elliott Serrano, Jayson Crittenden and Garrett from The Raven for the news.


CHUD.com talks with Darabont on his Indy 4 script
07/11/06, 2:47pm EST

Yesterday Devin Faraci from CHUD.com got on the phone with Frank Darabont to talk about his special edition 2 disc set of The Green Mile. Devin couldnít help asking Darabont about his participation in Indiana Jones 4. Darabont had spent a lot of time working on that script but his version was eventually scrapped. Here follows the Indy 4 part of their interview:

Devin: How difficult is it when someone takes a script of yours and then never makes it? Iím thinking of the whole Indiana Jones thing.

Darabont: "That was the most frustrating of all, and that was the straw that broke the back of me wanting to continue in that line of work. That was terrifically frustrating. I worked for over a year on that; I worked very close with Steven Spielberg. He was ecstatic with the result and was ready to shoot it two years ago. He was very, very happy with the script and said it was the best draft of anything since Raiders of the Lost Ark. Thatís really high praise and gave me a real sense of accomplishment, especially when you love the material youíre working on as much as I love the Indiana Jones films.

And then you have George Lucas read it and say, ĎYeah, I donít think so, I donít like it.í And then he resets it to zero when Spielberg is ready to shoot it that coming year, [which] is a real kick to the nuts. You can only waste so much time and so many years of your life on experiences like that, you can only get so emotionally invested and have the rug pulled out from under you before you say enough of that."

Devin: Coming from an insiderís perspective on that whole thing, do you think that movieís ever going to happen?

Darabont: "I donít think so. I donít think so. But thatís just my opinion, I could be wrong. I just think itís fantastically bizarre that for a project that people have been trying to crack for ten years and have a writer come in and finally crack it and have a director who happens to be Steven Spielberg, one of the greatest directors of all time, and then say, ĎNo, I donít think soÖí Itís just bizarre to me. I canít get into Georgeís head."

Visit CHUD.com to read more on Darabont's other projects; The Mist and Fahrenheit 451. They will run the full interview with Frank Darabont next week.


UPDATED: Indy 4 screenplay finally completed?
30/12/06, 8:25am EST

UPDATE: And 2006 had such a great ending, today is something different. According to E! Online, Lucasfilm and Amblin commented that this much celebrated Associate Press story from past Friday might contain some inaccuracies;

A Lucasfilm spokesman said he couldn't confirm all the details in the AP story, suggested the report might contain some inaccuracies and referred E! Online to Spielberg's company, Amblin, which would oversee the fourth installment.

The Amblin representative in turn said the AP story didn't appear to be entirely accurate. While acknowledging that a lot of people want to get the movie to "happen," he said the article appeared to make plans sound more definite than they were at this time as it had omitted such words as "hopefully" from Lucas' comments. The Amblin rep said the company may announce something official on Indy 4 this week, but quickly qualified that with the word "hopefully."

Whether or not he gave a firm start date, Lucas did say the movie would be a "character piece" with "very interesting mysteries," and added that Ford, now 64, is "fit to continue" playing the fedora-favoring hero. "I think it's going to be really cool," Lucas said.

According to this new info, the quotes from Lucas were accurate. But none of these quotes mention the completion of the Indy 4 script or the May 2008 release date? Let's first wait for an official comment from Amblin or Lucasfilm.

ORIGINAL STORY: George Lucas confirmed on Friday that the screenplay for the long-awaited Indiana Jones 4 has FINALLY been approved by all parties and that filming will start in 2007, for a May 2008 release!

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.

Lucas praised Ford for breathing life into his character. "Mostly it's the charm of Harrison that makes it work," he said.

Source: Alicia Chang, The Associated Press - Dec. 29, 2006.

Back in July of 2006, Spielberg mentioned then recently hired screenplay writer David Koepp "is a great closer" for the Indy 4 script. Spielberg was right as Koepp obviously added something that got approval from everybody involved.

The work on the Indiana Jones 4 screenplay - which only took over 10 years to complete - has finally ended. And Steven Spielberg's next film will be the first Indiana Jones cinematic adventure since 1989!

What a wonderful way to end 2006 and an uncertain decade of Indy 4 script rumors & delays. 2007 will be a busy and exciting year.
Happy New Year everybody!

A big thanks to the following fans for contacting us with this news:
Brett Hopkins, Jose Rodriguez, Discomurf, Jay Cormier & Craig Gibson.

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Yahoo! News, BBC News, Washington Post, CHUD.com, TheForce.net, Mixnmojo, SpielbergFilms.com, and Google News

 

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