Indiana Jones 4
starts filming this June
02/01/07, 7:50am EST
Friday that Indiana Jones 4 is a go for a
possible release in May 2008. Soon after that announcement doubts
emerged that the news wasn't completely accurate.
But today The Hollywood Reporter made the good news more
official as they announced Indy 4 is set to begin production
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
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).
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
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.
Steven, Frank, Kathy and the 'Indy' crew is like working with family,"
"These films are such great fun to
make. I'm looking forward to reuniting with the team and starting this
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, "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.'"
Head over to The Hollywood Reporter to read the full report.
release: Indy 4 starts in 2007
02/01/07, 6:33pm EST
Hero is Back! Indiana Jones to Start Production
In a long-awaited announcement, George
Lucas and Steven Spielberg revealed today that the fourth installment
of Indiana Jones will begin production in June 2007. Harrison Ford
returns in his role as the daring Dr. Jones for the new adventure. The
film will be produced by Lucasfilm Ltd., directed by Steven Spielberg
and released by Paramount Pictures throughout the world in May 2008.
The screenplay has been written by
Spielberg states "George,
are all very excited. 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 Frank
Marshall with George Lucas and Kathy Kennedy as executive producers. "Working with Steven, Frank, Kathy and the Indy crew is
like working with family," states Lucas. "These
great fun to make. I'm looking forward to reuniting with
the team and starting this new journey."
The film has plenty of action in store
for the rogue archeologist. Harrison Ford comments "I'm delighted to be back in business with my old
friends. I don't know if the pants still fit but I know the hat will. "
It will be shot on undisclosed
locations around the world as well as in the United States.
For more than 25 years, audiences have
been enraptured by the exploits of Indiana Jones. The film trilogy -- Raiders
Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana
the Last Crusade --garnered 14 Academy Award nominations,
won 7 Oscars, and grossed over $1,182,000,000 at the box office. The
films are among the most popular films ever made and have become a
legendary part of film history.
Source: Lucasfilm - January 2, 2007
asked for 'Second Unit Director'?
15/01/07, 5:35pm EST
Indiana Jones 4 rumor since the
official announcement has
arrived. According to Noticine.com (Spanish news) Alexander Witt, a
Chilean producer, has been asked to be a Second Unit Director for Indy
Alexander mentioned to the Chilean
newspaper 'El Mercurio' that producer Frank Marshall called him to ask
if he would be available at the end of the year. No specific dates were
mentioned. Here follows Witt's original quote, in Spanish:
Alexander Witt: "El productor Frank Marshall me llamó para
preguntarme si iba estar disponible a fin de año, pero tenemos
que ver bien las fechas."
Alexander Witt is one of the more popular Second
Unit Directors in Hollywood at this moment. He was also Second Unit
Director for Casino Royale, Pirates of the Caribbean: The
Curse of the Black Pearl, Black Hawk Down, Gladiator,
The Italian Job, Hollywood
Homicide (starring Harrison Ford), The Bourne Identity (a
Frank Marshall production), Twister (produced by Spielberg
& Kathleen Kennedy) and many more action/adventure films.
This article was previously posted at
IndianaJones.es a week ago. The reason for this
delay is because I tried to obtain more info from an official source
first. But with no success. Though more could arrive during the coming
Consider this a RUMOR until proven otherwise by a more official source!
David Koepp hints
about writing on Indy 4
17/01/07, 5:33pm EST
a few pebble-sized hints about Indiana Jones 4
during a recent interview with FilmStew. Here follow some highlights:
“It was a lot
of fun. The first thing is that you realize this is a beloved
character, probably one of the most in film history, and a lot of
people are going to be angry no matter what I do. I’m going to get my
*ss handed to me on some level, even by my fellow filmmakers or the
audience," Koepp explains. "So you just
accept all that and go and do the best thing you can with as much love
as you can.”
Koepp agrees that it would be crazy
not to take into account star Harrison Ford’s real age for this next
installment. In fact, he suggests that if it were not in the script,
Ford would likely insist on references to this being added.
Koepp himself was 18-years-old when Raiders of the Lost Ark
first hit theaters back in 1981 and says that’s the movie that made him
want to become a screenwriter.
“It’s hard to
write when you feel the audience looking over your shoulder, but you
just try and put it out of your mind.” As much as he is a fan of
Indy lore, Koepp says it’s essential to discard that point of view when
tapping out further adventures. “You can’t write
a fan script,” he insists. “You have to
pretend that this movie exists without the other one. The worst thing to do would be to have him make
reference to things he said in the first movie, like to pun on lines of
dialogue,” he argues...
And pray tell, will this indie start
with a gigantic set piece? “Now, how would that
not be telling you what happened in the movie?” Koepp teases. “I’m not going to tell you what happens. But with set
pieces, sometimes it’s common sense and sometimes it’s a bad idea.”
Visit FilmStew to read the full article which includes
even more Indy 4 quotes from David Koepp.
Thanks to Daniel Robert Epstein for
Indy on the cover
of new Star Wars Insider
20/01/07, 8:09am EST
The first Star Wars Insider of 2007 takes on a decidedly
retro tone as it looks back at the formative years of the Star Wars
phenomenon as part of the 30th year anniversary of the saga.
Little-known facts about the development of A New Hope, early
storyboards, vintage collectibles and more fill out the latest issue of
Star Wars Insider.
The Indy IV production is
finally a go, and the proof is in the print -- with a special Indy
cover offered as an alternative to Vader's fearsome mask for this
Click here for more content info on Star Wars
Insider #92. And look for this issue on newsstands in February.
Thanks to Jakob for letting us know.
Sir Sean Connery
is considering Indy 4
22/01/07, 2:36pm EST
told Scotsman.com on Sunday that he is considering
returning as Dr. Henry Jones in Indiana Jones 4.
Five years after apparently closing
the dressing room door on his acting career, Connery has confirmed he
is considering returning to the silver screen to reprise one of his
most popular roles. The actor says he will read the script for the
fourth Indiana Jones movie and, if he likes what he sees, will appear
once more as Indiana's father, Dr Henry Jones.
Connery remains one of the world's
most celebrated and bankable movie stars and getting him back in front
of the camera for Indiana Jones would be a massive coup for producer
The new Indiana Jones film is due to shoot this summer, and after being
approached by Lucas, Connery admits he is seriously considering it.
Asked directly if he thought he
would be back in front of the cameras this summer as Dr Jones, he
Choosing his words carefully, Connery then added: "At
nothing decided. I haven't got the script.
Everything depends on the script."
Connery made no mention of financial
demands, suggesting money is not his top priority, though he could
expect a fee of £10m or more and possibly a share of the gross.
Connery has fond memories of his
previous Indiana Jones outing, in The Last Crusade almost 20
Steven Spielberg, who directed then, and will direct the new film, once
famously said: "There are seven genuine movie
stars in the world today, and Sean is one of them."
The third and most recent
installment in the action adventure series, Last Crusade was
also the highest grossing. Many commentators put its success down to
the witty repartee between Connery and Harrison Ford, who played his
Read the full article online at Scotsman.com.
A big thanks to Jayson Crittenden,
Dave Weiss, Patrick H., Poncho, Jan Kees for leading me to this exciting news
offered a part in Indy 4?
24/01/07, 2:55pm EST
mentioned two days ago that Spielberg
had offered none other than Clint Eastwood a role in Indiana Jones
4. But wait! Apparently this news comes from a "visitor" of their
site who heard it on an entertainment program:
thought that was the wackiest INDY IV rumor going around, we
also recently got word from schmoe T. Straka that he'd heard on
entertainment program 'Extra' that The Beard himself Steven Spielberg
had offered…wait for it…Clint Eastwood a part in the film. No idea on
who The Eastwood would be playing but it sure does present some
interesting possibilities. A villain, perhaps? What do you guys think?
This casting rumor has been on the
internet for two days already and this one source mentions he heard it
on a public TV program called 'Extra'. If it is true, then how can it
be that T. Straka is the only person who reports this? Many more people
watching the show should have mentioned such an interesting news item
by now. Sounds a little fishy no?
Consider this a big, BIG RUMOR until
proven otherwise by a more official source!
Also thanks to Brett Hopkins and David
Gruwez for the news link.
demands a real whip
02/02/07, 2:38pm EST
any truth to this story - as it sounds quite absurd -
but this site reports that Harrison Ford has
threatened to quit the new Indiana Jones movie, unless he gets to use a
The 64-year-old actor, who plays the
daredevil archaeologist, was told the weapon would have to be computer
generated because of new film safety rules.
Harrison branded the rule "ridiculous" and
said he would pull out of the film if he couldn't wield his whip.
A source said: "The
take away the risk element the whip carries. Safety laws
have changed since the last film and movie makers have to be much more
careful. Now they use computer graphics for any dangerous stuff."
Click here to read the full story.
Thanks to Chris Strompolos, Darth_Jambi, mermaid and Brett Hopkins for
the news link.
Cinematographer for Indy 4
02/02/07, 3:31pm EST
that his next project as director of photography
is Indiana Jones. He announced this during an interview with Polish
newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza this week.
Kaminski added that he will be
lensing the film "all over the world",
specifically in jungle locales and the earlier mentioned city of Los
It's still unclear if it will be on soundstages or in actual locations
in and around L.A. But the revelation that Indy 4 will also
be shot in jungles is very inspiring and will most certainly excite
Remember how beautiful those "too
short" jungle scenes in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana
Temple of Doom were? Plus now a two-time Academy
Award winning cinematographer will be seated behind the camera!!
Janusz Kaminski replaces the beloved
British cinematographer Douglas Slocombe who lensed all three previous
Indiana Jones films and retired from his five decade long film career
with 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Although this was never mentioned
before, it comes as no surprise that Janusz Kaminski will be Director
of Photography for Indiana Jones 4. He has lensed all of
Steven Spielberg's films since Schindler's List in 1993 - for
which he received his first Oscar - and Spielberg has said he will not
shoot a film now without Kaminski as cinematographer.
Click here to read the interview with Kaminski (in
gives Indy 4 release date
06/02/07, 3:06pm EST
Box Office Mojo reported that Indiana Jones 4
is set to be released in theaters on May 22, 2008:
Paramount Pictures has set Thursday,
May 22, 2008 for the release of the next Indiana Jones movie, which the
studio is now officially referring to as the Fourth Installment of
the Indiana Jones Adventures. The picture maintains the Memorial
Day weekend release strategy of the last two Indiana Jones movies, and
it mirrors the last two Star Wars movies and The Matrix
Reloaded with its Thursday launch.
Also currently scheduled for
Memorial Day weekend 2008 is Warner Bros.' Speed Racer. Two
other event-style pictures have previously staked out May 2008 releases
dates: Paramount's Iron Man (May 2) and Buena Vista's The
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (May 16).
And I have received official word from
DreamWorks who confirmed that May 22, 2008 is not just the USA release
date but Worldwide!!
Although word has circulated that the
film would be released "some time in May", it should come as no
surprise that Paramount Pictures would take advantage of the 4 day
Memorial Day weekend to score huge results at the box office.
A big thanks to the following people
for letting us know:
Szóstka, Jayson Crittenden, Maxime Ferland, Jeff Roberts,
Antwon and Steven Awalt from SpielbergFilms.com.
Shia LaBeouf in Indiana
19/02/07, 4:29pm EST
It Cool News is running a story that Shia LaBeouf could be the
frontrunner for Indy's son, or at least a role in the fourth Indiana
Jones film. Moriarty wrote the following:
LaBeouf in Disturbia.
...now that they’re getting
close to production, I’ve heard a persistent rumor, a new version of
that old familiar. The thing is, I’m hearing this from some pretty
So here we go again.
Shia LaBeouf will play the son of
The thing is, we know Spielberg
loves La Beouf right now. Disturbia became a pet project for
The Beard, and it evidently came out well. Transformers is a
big deal for the company, and a lot of the weight of that falls
squarely on the shoulders of Shia. So as much as I pray that there’s no
Indy Jr., I’m starting to think that this may in fact be true.
One of these reliable places Moriarty
refers to could be a story Latino
Review posted a couple weeks ago. But they were forced to take it
down after it was online for only a few minutes... until yesterday:
I had a chance to speak to Shia
LaBeouf a few weeks ago here in NYC and I asked him what he was working
on next now that he's rapped Transformers. Shia replied
something like this: “I can't really say
because.... put it this way, I'm trying to work something out to be in
the next Steven Spielberg movie.”
When I pressed him if it was
Lincoln, Shia laughed it off. He just gave me a look saying “NO WAY!" Then when I asked him point blank if
it was Indy IV. He put on a devilish smile and said “I'm trying to work it out. I don't want to loose the
role to another actor so I really can't say much but it will be
announced very soon.”
A few days later our sources said
that Steven loves Shia and that he's up for one of two roles, either
Indy's son or a faithful sidekick.
Even though Aint It
Cool News and Latino Review seem to be certain that Shia will be
in Indy 4, it's best to take this as a rumor till an official
source confirms it. Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment has informed me
today that "As of now, no casting deals have been
made for Indy 4".
The rumor that Indy will have a son or
daughter in the upcoming fourth film has reappeared many times over the
past 10 years. Some of these rumors even linked Natalie Portman as
And many years before David Koepp delivered the final approved script,
Harrison Ford once commented "Hey, there's only
one son in these movies and I'll always be Sean Connery's little boy!".
in 2002 already...
Trivia: In some scenes of The
Adventures of Young Indiana Jones TV-series, the 93 year old
Indiana Jones had a daughter. But all those scenes got cut out of the
most recent video release in 1999.
A big thanks to Maxime Ferland, Jared
Barrett, Eric Roth, Tony Santore, Chris Ziegler and Brett Hopkins for
Indiana Jones 4
starts filming on June 18
27/02/07, 2:58pm EST
that production on the fourth Indiana
Jones adventure would commence this June, Steven Spielberg revealed to Fox411 the filming date for Indiana Jones 4
at the Oscars' Governors Ball.
Coppola, Spielberg and Lucas with Oscar winner & friend Martin
Roger Friedman from Fox News mentioned
this in his Oscars report:
"Spielberg, by the way, tells me that production
on 'Indiana Jones 4' begins June 18."
Other than Harrison Ford, no cast
members have been officially announced.
The fourth Indiana Jones film will be released across the world on May
Thanks to Jayson Crittenden, Jakob
Pedersen, Maxime Ferland, 'Indiana Kris' and Stephen Jared for the news
Ford is getting
01/03/07, 4:41pm EST
Monsters & Critics Harrison Ford has embarked
on an extreme fitness regime for the new Indiana Jones film.
A source close to the actor is
quoted as saying: "He's been furiously working
out on the treadmills at a Los Angeles gym for about three hours a day
to get in shape."
"He's on a
strict high protein diet. He's eating lots of fish and vegetables. It's
hard but he's already looking great for it. He wants to make sure
Indiana is as tough as he always was."
Click here to read the full article.
Thanks to Mike Stevenson for the news
will not appear in Indy 4
06/03/07, 3:31pm EST
readers of our Indy 4
Cast Members page, will likely remember the "Natalie Portman in Indy
4" rumor as being old. In fact the first Portman rumor emerged in
August 2000 and has resurfaced several times since then and never got
confirmed from official sources. On our Cast
Members page this Portman rumor was already classified as
'Debunked' for several months.
And now George Lucas directly debunks
this rumor during a video interview with IESB.net. When asked if
Portman would be a part of Indiana Jones 4, Lucas answered: "No. Absolutely not."
In this same video at IESB.net George Lucas also discusses future Star
Wars projects and sends the message to fans that, "Star
Thanks to George Lucas for finally
clearing this old rumor.
'La Beouf' in
Final talks for Indy 4
08/03/07, 9:17am EST
final talks to star in Steven Spielberg's Indiana
Jones 4 as the son of the adventuresome archaeologist to be played
once again by Harrison Ford, reports Variety.
Spielberg and George Lucas' Lucasfilm,
which is producing the fourth film for Paramount, are keeping the
storyline under tight wraps. David Koepp (Spider-Man) wrote the
Spielberg is set to begin shooting Indiana
4 in June. The film is scheduled for a May 22, 2008 release,
taking advantage of the Memorial Day holiday.
LaBeouf stars in two upcoming
DreamWorks pics, Disturbia and Transformers. The actor
also provides the lead voice in Sony's upcoming animated film Surf's
Thanks to DreamWorksFansite.com.
not signed on for Indy 4 yet
09/03/07, 5:54pm EST
pervasive Indy 4 casting rumor, Shia LaBeouf told MTV News why, as a fan, he wishes Indiana didn't
even have a son at all (he thinks a daughter would work better). Here
follow some excepts from that interview Shia LaBeouf had with MTV:
reported that you're going to play Indiana Jones' son in the series'
Shia LaBeouf: "It's a rumor, you know. It's a fun rumor, and I hope
it comes true. I don't have a deal on the table, I haven't signed up
for anything, I haven't signed a piece of paper, and as an actor, you
hear those kinds of things all the time. I think part of the rumor
comes from the fact that my last two movies have been Spielberg, but before me, they were saying Hayden
Christenson was going to be that guy, and then they were going to have a daughter who was Natalie
Portman. I'm game. I'd love to. But at this point, it's just a rumor
that's been blown into a whole different stratosphere."
MTV: Purely as a
film lover, what would it mean to be involved in a project like
LaBeouf: "Dude, anybody, not just an actor, but anybody on this
planet would love to be in "Indiana Jones." It's one of those things
that's historical. If it happens, I think it would be amazing. I wish I
knew more and was able to tell more. I don't know where the script is,
I don't know if they're shooting it. I know Lucas said something about it at the Rose Parade,
where they were going to gear up. But what does gear up mean? They've
been gearing up for 15 years! I have not been approached, I don't have
a contract, nobody's explained the character to me. I know as much as
you do. I'm on the blogs too — and I'm fueling it! "Yeah! He's doing
it!" But I'm not, so for me to report that I am would be insane."
MTV: A lot of it is
MTV: Not even from
your perspective, but from a fan's perspective, because after Last
Crusade, having a son seems like the next step for Indiana Jones.
LaBeouf: "Right, but does it have to be a son? Wouldn't it be
cooler if it was a daughter? I think that the interaction between,
like, let's say it was Natalie Portman, and Harrison Ford having to
deal with a woman. It could be fun to see him taking pointers from a
woman. ... As a film lover I'm saying that could be fun to watch. If it
were a son, I don't know if that would take away some of the spark of
Indy. I would love to be a part of it, but I'm not yet."
LaBeouf: "Yeah, yet. 'Cause you don't know what's happened. If a
rumor's gone this far. ... I'm sure Spielberg's read Variety."
Click here to read the full interview with MTV in
which Shia LaBeouf also reveals what geeks him out most about his role
in the upcoming Transformers movie, and how Surf's Up
differs from every other animated movie ever made.
Shia LaBeouf also briefly commented on
the latest Indy 4 rumors while talking to IESB.net earlier this week.
Big thanks to Chris Staggs for the MTV
talks with Sir Sean Connery
10/03/07, 7:39am EST
Scotland on Sunday - a newspaper up in, indeed,
Scotland - has done an interview with Dr. Jones senior himself. Here
follows an except from their article on Sir Sean Connery possible
return in Indy 4:
Connery has repeatedly insisted he
has retired from movies, following a miserable experience on The
League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2002, when he repeatedly
clashed with the film's inexperienced director.
But speaking from his home in the
Bahamas, Connery told "Scotland on Sunday" that he had already had
discussions about returning to the big screen in the epic adventure
series that has grossed £700m in cinemas worldwide.
The new Indiana Jones film is due to
shoot this summer, and after being approached by Lucas, Connery admits
he is seriously considering it.
Asked directly if he thought he
would be back in front of the cameras this summer as Dr Jones, he
Choosing his words carefully,
Connery then added: "At the moment there's
nothing decided. I haven't got the script. Everything depends on the
Connery made no mention of financial
demands, suggesting money is not his top priority, though he could
expect a fee of £10m or more and possibly a share of the gross.
Visit Scotland on Sunday to read the full article.
Big thanks to Peter Lally for the
Blanchett joins Indiana Jones 4
16/03/07, 7:22am EST
Turns out this online article is incorrect. However the
print edition of The Hollywood Reporter announces a different and
correct version; Cate Blanchett has not signed on yet but she IS in
negotiations for a part in the fourth Indiana Jones film!
Cate Blanchett in
The Good German.
DreamWork's offices have confirmed this news to TheRaider.net.
Original: The Hollywood Reporter announced earlier today
that Cate Blanchett has signed on to star in Indiana Jones 4.
With David Koepp's screenplay shrouded in secrecy, it is unclear what
character Blanchett will play. But wow, I bet nobody saw this bit of
exciting casting choice coming!
Shooting will begin in June in Los
Angeles and at undisclosed locations around the world. Paramount
Pictures will release "Indy 4" day-and-date around the world on May 22,
2008, with a handful of territories opening the following day.
Blanchett, who is filming David
Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, next will lend
her voice to Wes Anderson's The Fantastic Mr. Fox. In addition
to her Academy Award win for The Aviator, she received a
supporting nomination this year for her role in Richard Eyre's Notes
Head over to The Hollywood Reporter to read the original
and the City of Gods
Empire.co.uk announced on March 16 that the title
of Indy 4 could very well be Indiana Jones and the City of
Gods. Which actually sounds quite good and would fit well with the
other three Indy films... but is it true? It seems unlikely at the
Here follows Empire's original report:
Then an email from an anonymous
source dropped into Empire’s inbox this morning, which speculates that
Messrs. Lucas and Spielberg may have finally settled on a title: it's
all very unofficial at this point, but the current thinking is that the
movie may wind up as Indiana Jones And The City Of Gods.
But what could they refer to with
"City of Gods"? Two interesting possibilities are:
- Jerusalem: A city sacred for three religions; Jewish, Christian &
- Teotihuacan: the ancient Maya/Aztec city in Mexico.
Some people claim that Indiana
Jones and the City of Gods was the title of the old Indy 4
script written by Frank Darabont. Although I doubt that any of these
people know story details of Darabont's denied script, or even had the
chance to read it!
Understandable this City of Gods
rumor has become a popular topic of debate on online forums, including The
All intriguing but for now this
rumored Indy 4 title lacks the support of credible sources. So
don't take this story serious.
Ray Winstone in
talks to join cast of Indy 4
28/03/07, 3:25pm EST
The Hollywood Reporter announced today that actor
Ray Winstone has signed on for a major role in Indiana Jones 4.
But in reality Ray Winstone still seems to be in negotiations as
DreamWorks mentioned to us that no deals are set yet!
Although the film's plot is being
closely guarded, sources said Winstone will play star Harrison Ford's
So far absolutely nothing about the film story or characters has been
leaked out so Winstone could very well play a major villain instead of
But still, the thought of Ray Winstone playing Indy's sidekick or
partner (professionally speaking) does seem very interesting.
Also, Cate Blanchett is NOT on board
yet! She's in negotiations. Blanchett and Winstone will be officially
on board when the deals are signed. Until that official confirmation
comes, both actors - and all other rumored cast members - remain in the
And we may expect many more Indy 4 casting rumors these coming
London-born Winstone, who played Jack
Nicholson's partner in crime in the best picture Oscar winner The
Departed, recently also appeared in Anthony Minghella's "Breaking
Entering." Some of his other film credits include The
Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Cold
Mountain and Sexy Beast.
A big thanks to Maxime Ferland,
Michael Gerner, Tim Wilson, Colin Smith, Mike Stevenson, Keith McCall,
Wil Fraserl, Rob Smart, Jayson Crittenden, Jared Barrett, DarthFett and
Ryan from Baltimore for informing us so fast.
First Indy 4
trailer around Thanksgiving
05/04/07, 2:36am EST
USA Today about his highly-anticipated Indiana
Jones 4, to be directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison
Ford and Cate Blanchett. At least it sounds like Blanchett is signed
on. Though we're still waiting on an official announcement for her.
Lucas told the newspaper that begins
shooting in Los Angeles this June. Then it's on to several top-secret
global destinations. Lucas teases that one will include a waterfall.
Jokes have been made about
how the franchise will keep 64-year-old star Harrison Ford up and
running, but Lucas doesn't see that as a problem.
running in any of the movies," Lucas says. "He's
horse or driving a car or a motorcycle. And he'll play his
age in this movie with what's appropriate. The chases are more
suspenseful than speedy. Like the rolling ball in the first film — it's
not that he's running that fast, it's that there's a giant ball coming
at him. And he will get beat up, which is a tradition for us.""
Lucas, who also is in pre-production
on a "bare-bones, action-heavy" Star Wars live-action TV series, says
there'll still be plenty of action in Indy 4, the official
title of which he hopes to keep under wraps until the first trailer
hits theaters around Thanksgiving.
Sean Connery has yet to sign on as
Indiana's father, Dr. Henry Jones, but Lucas says, "We're still trying."
It wasn't his idea to cast Cate
Blanchett as Ford's new leading lady, he says. "That's
wanted, and I always bow to the wishes of my director,"
says of Spielberg. "I approved it because
she seemed like a good idea. When I met her at the Academy Awards, I
told her, 'Hey, you work for me now!'"
Visit USA Today to read the original article.
confirmed for Indiana Jones 4
LaBeouf have been confirmed! Although which
character Shia will play in Indiana Jones 4 remains a mystery.
The official press release at IndianaJones.com reads:
Shia LaBeouf, one of the
fastest-rising stars in the world of film, has now been set for the new
Indiana Jones movie, it was announced today by Steven Spielberg and
He will join Harrison Ford who
returns as the action hero, the man with the hat and the whip.
Production on this fourth
installment of the Indiana Jones adventure is scheduled to begin this
June in Los Angeles and will also film at undisclosed distant locations.
Produced by Lucasfilm Ltd., directed
by Spielberg, and released by Paramount Pictures throughout the world
beginning May 22nd, 2008, the screenplay has been written by David
Koepp. Frank Marshall will produce the film with Lucas and Kathleen
Kennedy serving as Executive Producers.
It will be the third film the
charismatic Shia has done with a Spielberg connection, the first two
being the DreamWorks Pictures productions Disturbia and Transformers.
excited about bringing Shia into our Indy family," said
Spielberg. "His talent has impressed not only his
audiences throughout his young career but the directors, producers and
fellow actors who have worked with him in his television career and now
his film career."
"I was hoping
the rumors were true, so I couldn't be more thrilled," said
Shia. "To be cast in an Indiana Jones film is
like grabbing the brass ring and holding on for the ride. I'll do my
best to meet the high standards that Steven, George, and Harrison have
set and I can't wait to take that giant step in front of the Indy
Head over to the official IndianaJones.com to read the full press release.
about his part in Indy 4
13/04/07, 7:15pm EST
of the week is that 20-year-old actor Shia LaBeouf has signed to
co-star alongside Harrison Ford in the fourth Indiana Jones film. So
ending uncertain weeks of rumors, reports and denials with an official
confirmation... Congratulations Shia!
Shia in Transformers.
USA Today also announced this news today with
interesting extra quotes from Shia LaBeouf himself. Here follows an
except of their news report:
about two weeks ago, it was little more than a rumor," LaBeouf
says. "Literally, when I was saying, 'I don't
know anything,' I didn't know anything. It was an act of faith. I have
not read a script. I don't think anybody has."
Spielberg said in an e-mailed
statement: "Shia has extraordinary range. I think
of him as 'the young man for all seasons."
Online fans are guessing Indiana
Jones will have a son for this go-round, but LaBeouf says he can't
confirm such plot points. Even the time-setting for the movie is a
secret. "I can tell you I'm sort of the sidekick
character, obviously," he says. "I'm sure
there are a lot of laughs at my expense, and some kind of creature
crawling on me."
LaBeouf adds, "It's
be Short Round, all grown up," a reference to the
fast-talking little kid from 1984's Indiana Jones and the Temple of
The actor, who was born in 1986,
says he first saw the films when he was a little kid in the early '90s
after his father bought them on VHS. "We sat down
and ran through them in a day."
When he met Lucas recently at
Spielberg's offices on the Universal lot, LaBeouf says he brimmed with
questions but hit a wall of secrecy, even about the relic Jones will be
at you and says simply, 'I can't tell you that,' " LaBeouf
says. "Then when he thinks he is supposed to tell
you something but isn't sure, he gets up and leaves the room, goes in
to talk with Spielberg and comes back and says, 'Nope. Sorry.' "
Click here to read the full news article by USA
Today reporter Anthony Breznican.
Big thanks to Jayson Crittenden, Rob
Smart, James MacGregor, Jared Barrett, Mike Stevenson and Brett Hopkins
for informing us.
Sallah not to
return in Indiana Jones 4
16/04/07, 3:19pm EST
that Shia LaBeouf has been cast in Indiana
Jones 4 past Friday. We also know that they are well into
negotiations with Cate Blanchett and Ray Winstone. And we're all
waiting to hear from Sir Sean Connery, very much hoping that he likes
the script well enough to reprise his role as Henry Jones Senior.
But one other beloved name we probably won't hear again during all
coming casting news is that of John Rhys-Davies.
Horizons has a scoop who had the chance to talk to Johnathan
Rhys-Davies at the Armageddon Pulp Expo in Christchurch, New Zealand
over the weekend. And the scoop who calls himself 'deciph3r' confirmed
Rhys-Davies Indy 4 non-status:
"Seems he has not been asked to be
in Indy 4 or even approached about it.
From the little information he had
about the film he had been told through a third party that the
character of Sallah had been written out of Indy 4 in favour of
a younger cast."
Very unfortunate that we won't get to
see John Rhys-Davies reprise his role as Sallah a third time! Indy's
lovable best friend Sallah first appeared in Raiders of the Lost Ark
and returned at Indy's side in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Thanks to 'wfraser76' and 'Rebel
Racer' for the news link.
Darabont opens up
to MTV about his Indy script
17/04/07, 4:42pm EST
MTV News interviewed filmmaker Frank Darabont just
after he finished filming Stephen King's The Mist. Besides
chatting about his latest King adaptation Darabont also talked about Fahrenheit
451 and his Indiana Jones 4 misadventure.
MTV: Would you say one of
those bad experiences is the time you spent writing the aborted Indiana
Darabont: ""Indy" is definitely in that category, topping the
list. It showed me how badly things can go. I spent a year of very
determined effort on something I was very excited about, working very
closely with Steven Spielberg and coming up with a result that I and he
felt was terrific. He wanted to direct it as his next movie, and then
suddenly the whole thing goes down in flames because George Lucas
doesn't like the script."
MTV: Did you ever speak to
George Lucas directly?
Darabont: "Yes! I told him he was crazy. I said, "You have a
fantastic script. I think you're insane, George." You can say things
like that to George, and he doesn't even blink. He's one of the most
stubborn men I know."
MTV: Do you know if any
remnant of that story lives in the one they're about to start filming?
Darabont: "I have no idea if there's a shred of it left. It was a
tremendous disappointment and a waste of a year."
MTV: I would think part of
you still wants to share that script with the world.
Darabont: "I would love it, but it's not my material to
disseminate. At this point, I don't give much of a damn what George
thinks, but I wouldn't want to harm my friendship with Steven."
Head over to MTV News to read the full interview with Frank
Thanks to Brett Hopkins for the
LaBeouf buffs up
for Indiana Jones 4
24/04/07, 2:06pm EST
PEOPLE how he has gained 15 pounds just for Indiana
4. The Disturbia and Transformers actor is
beefing up to star in the new Indy film alongside Harrison Ford.
"The guy is
still in premium shape," LaBeouf tells PEOPLE. "You don't want to be standing next to Harrison Ford
and not be jacked also."
To get there, the Los Angeles
native, 20, is working out seven days a week for three hours a day. "I'll run for an hour and then I'll do two hours of
weights," he says. "I have definitely not
trained like this for anything in my life. I'm preparing like I'm going
PEOPLE: You must be
very disciplined to keep up such an extreme diet and exercise regimen.
LaBeouf: "It's not like I'm making the Nutcracker play
at my school. This is film history. I don't just owe it to everybody
involved in the franchise – I owe it to everybody who's ever been a fan
of Indiana Jones. I realize how important this is."
PEOPLE: Do you feel
a lot of pressure when it comes to this role?
LaBeouf: "Extreme pressure. You don't want to be the edition
that sucks. You want to be in the edition that enhances it, so it's
tough. This is 20 years in the making now. The script has been in
development for 15 years. It's a huge project and you treat it that way."
Visit PEOPLE.com to read the full interview.
And thanks to Evan Schapiro for the
comments on his screenplay adventure
02/05/07, 4:18pm EST
on Frank Darabont's rejected Indiana Jones 4
script, one would almost forget that Catch Me If You Can and The
Terminal screenplay writer Jeff Nathanson also spent a year working
on a script for the fourth Indy adventure film.
Jeff Nathanson recently talked
with 'The Los Angeles Times' about his work on Indy 4:
"That's one of
those movies [Raiders of the Lost Ark] that got me into the
movie business," Nathanson tells the 'Los Angeles Times'. "So I had, like the greatest year of my life. I had so
working on a blockbuster-sized film, it's always a struggle," he
explains. "It really is like moving mountains.
And if it were easy to move mountains, the Swiss Alps would be in
Westwood and all the agents would ski at lunch."
Magazine adds that while Spielberg blessed the script, as he had
with Darabont's draft, it was Lucas who was still holding out for a
screenwriting hero to come in a reinvigorate the franchise and passed
on Nathanson's draft.
Thanks to Sean Elliott for the news
Lucas says Indy
4 script includes Sir Connery
05/05/07, 3:18am EST
Society honored George Lucas with an award on
Thursday to mark the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco
International Film Festival.
Reuters talked with Lucas about Indiana Jones 4
and whether Sean Connery would be back:
In a brief interview, he said
veteran actor Sean Connery had yet to agree to reprise his role as
Indiana Jones' father.
"We have a
script with him in it," he said. "If he
doesn't do it, we'll do a quick rewrite."
Lucas said he is ready to begin work
as a producer next month on the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones
Visit Reuters to read the original article.
Thanks to James MacGregor and Ben
Florczak for news link.
Will Karen Allen
return to play LaBeouf's mother?
09/05/07, 3:20pm EST
Fox News briefly talked with George Lucas at Time
magazine's dinner for the 100 most influential people. Friedman's
report on the brief chat with Lucas confirms news we have heard before
and brings up the question if Marion will be in Indy 4.
Here follows the Indiana Jones 4
related part of Friedman's article:
Lucas is currently preparing
"Indiana Jones 4" with Harrison Ford, Blanchett and Shia LaBoeuf. The
latter plays Ford's son, which means his mother was possibly the
character Karen Allen played in "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
"I can't say,"
I brought up Allen.
Lucas says that Sean Connery still
hasn't signed on, but his character, Indy's dad, is in the script.
Other than that, his lips are sealed.
we can keep the whole thing a secret," Lucas told me. "I explained to him that it's impossible nowadays. We
can't live like that."
So then, tell me more about "Indy
4," I suggested.
The most interesting part of Fox News'
article is that Lucas is mentioning more Star
Wars feature films, and not just TV shows.
Note: Cate Blanchett's casting has yet
to be announced officially! That LaBeouf will play Ford's son is still
only a fan-favorite rumor. As well that Karen Allen will reprise her
role as "mother" Marion Ravenwood.
Thanks to Jared Barrett, Aaron Higgins
and 'Ryan from Baltimore' for the news link.
Sir Sean Connery
talks about Indiana Jones 4
14/05/07, 2:31pm EST
recently interviewed Sir Sean Connery from his home in the Bahamas. The
main subject of the interview is UK politics but at the end Connery is
also asked about Indiana Jones 4:
BP: Are you going to do
Indiana Jones (left) 4?
them. I've got their script and they're still
working on it."
BP: Can you tell me anything
about the story? I believe it might shoot in the Bahamas?
it? I don't know."
BP: Can you tell me what
Henry Jones does?
all secrecy. You know they're paranoid about it."
Read the full interview online at Scotsman.com.
Thanks to Brian Styron, Brett Hopkins,
Marc Stynen and James Bond website MI6 for the news.
Indy 4 to
shoot car chase scene in New Haven
15/05/07, 2:31pm EST
The New Haven Register announced that some scenes for Indiana
4 are scheduled to be filmed in New Haven, Connecticut, USA,
next month! This city is best known as the home of Yale University.
A view looking down High Street towards Chapel Street.
Photo by Jeff Holt.
The Indy 4 pre-production
crew have apparently chosen the area of Chapel-, College-, Elm- &
High Street to film some kind of car chase scene. Crew members also
approached several merchants in that area as they want to make the
stores look more like the 1950s.
The fourth installment of the hugely
popular series, arriving in theaters almost 20 years after the third,
will include some kind of car chase on Chapel between College and High
streets. A pre-production crew was in the city last week and Monday
talking to shop owners on the block.
"I really have
no details on it at all, except to say that there will be some filming
there," said Marvin Levy, a spokesman for Spielberg, ...
Levy said the filming dates are not set, but one merchant said she was
told it would happen June 28 and 30.
Barbara J. Lamb, director of the
city’s Office of Cultural Affairs, said the production would close down
parts of College and Elm streets and possibly other downtown streets as
working with them on a plan to minimize those disruptions on the
community," Lamb said. "We will ensure the
smoothest flow of both vehicular and pedestrian traffic in downtown New
Lamb said New Haven was chosen
because "they like the look of Yale" and
added, "I think a lot of it has to do with the
film incentives that are now in place ... and New Haven has been an
extremely attractive location for filmmakers."
working with them for several months now on identifying various
locations in the city ... and we expect it to have a major (positive)
economic impact in New Haven," Lamb said.
Head over to the New Haven Register for the original article and to read some additional comments from
Thanks to Brett Hopkins, Jayson
Bruhn, Terry Toland and Peter Balaz for the news link.
More Indy 4
filming info from New Haven
16/05/07, 4:05pm EST
Register has published some extra info on the Indiana
Jones 4 filming in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, next month.
According to them, the New Haven scenes will be shot between June 28
and July 7, but not on Sundays or July 4.
The movie, directed by Steven
Spielberg and featuring an older, wiser and achier Indiana Jones, will
have lots of thrills and humor, much like Raiders of the Lost Ark
in 1981, according to location managers who briefed city officials
"Steven very much wants to make this film in the
manner of the first movie — wink wink, nod nod," said Michael
Fantasia, chief location manager. In other words, action will be over
the top, we’re in on the joke and we’re going along for the ride.
It’s complex logistically, with
streets closed and street lights removed. Barbara J. Lamb, director of
the city Office of Cultural Affairs, said numerous departments,
including traffic and parking, engineering, police, fire, health and
building, and Yale, must be coordinated.
"These guys have been totally top-shelf
professionals all the way," she said of location managers. "At every step of the way there’s absolutely no room
for screw-ups, no room for confusion."
Location manager Dave Martin said
they are still seeking permissions from Yale, and the Board of Aldermen
must approve street closings. Michael J. Morand, Yale associate vice
president, said "there are voluminous details
that have to be worked out and are being worked out."
Register's new article from today also contains a brief
explanation of the scenes that will be shot in the city. In other
words; story elements! So the following deserves a SPOILER WARNING.
Set in 1957, the scene will appear near the
beginning of the movie. Indy will be chased down a transformed Chapel
Street into Old Campus, onto High Street and escape briefly through a
gate into Branford College.
Other segments have Ford on York and Elm streets, roaring out of
Sterling Memorial Library, flying into Old Campus through Phelps Gate,
breaking up a political rally on the way.
Click here to read the article at New Haven
Register. But be careful as the spoilers are clearly visible in the
Thanks to JimB and Peter Balaz
for the news link.
No, Sean Connery
has not joined Indy 4
16/05/07, 4:43pm EST
New Haven Register announced the Indy 4
shooting in New Haven yesterday, they wrote the following:
"I really have
no details on it at all, except to say that there will be some filming
there," said Marvin Levy, a spokesman for Spielberg, who did
confirm the film will be the next in the series starring Harrison Ford
and Sean Connery, set to open May 22, 2008.
The New Haven Register indirectly misquoted Marvin
Levy here by alleging that Sir Sean Connery will be in Indy 4.
At this moment, Connery does have the script but he has not officially
I'm mentioning this now as this
incorrect story has already been picked up by German film magazine Widescreen and other websites.
Hot new Indiana
21/05/07, 5:18pm EST
new Indiana Jones 4 rumors onto the internet!
These include rumors about new filming locations, possible opening
scene and character info!
These are all POSSIBLE
SPOILERS! If you want to be completely surprised when you see Indy
4 in 2008, then don't read the following!
The opening scene will take place in Area 51
and will have Indy up against Russian agents.
Shia LaBeouf is
going to be playing a greaser, wearing jeans and a leather jacket and
riding around on a motorcycle.
Karen Allen will be
reprising the role of Marion Ravenwood in Indiana Jones 4, and
she’s going to be Shia LaBeouf’s mom.
Indy and Shia will
be thrown together in this adventure but will not learn they’re related
until a pivotal action scene.
storyline revolves around crystal skulls and pulls from "Chariots of
the Gods," a book written in 1968 by Erich von Däniken. The book
theorizes that technology and religion were given to ancient
civilizations by aliens, whom the people worshipped as Gods.
Take these rumors with caution!
CHUD.com claims its sources are legit, but none of
them have their hands on the latest script, and there is still
tinkering going on. But the project is too far advanced to change this
main storyline after today... that is if these rumors and speculation
You can read the original articles of
these rumors at CHUD.com here
and here. Beware for the SPOILERS!
Another possible Indy
4 filming location
21/05/07, 5:18pm EST
that filming for Indiana Jones 4 will also take place in New
Mexico. This was first mentioned by CHUD.com who also hinted Hawaii.
An anonymous source who works for a
film studio in New Mexico has contacted TFN to say that the fourth Indy
film will be shooting in New Mexico just outside of Deming, somewhere
in the desert. The source adds this might be happening sometime in June
and the set may be faking as Morocco.
You can read TheForce.net's original
article here. But beware for other SPOILERS on that page!
New Haven clears
path for Indiana Jones 4
22/05/07, 5:24pm EST
Independent announced in an article that New Haven cleared the path
for Indiana Jones 4.
Aldermen Monday approved closing
sections of New Haven's downtown streets to make way for the Indiana
Jones 4 chase, as well as for a pre-filming street festival
celebrating Harrison Ford's visit. David Martin, location manager for
Genre Project's East Coast sector, reported that filming will run June
28 to July 6.
David Martin also described to
Alderman the Indy 4 scenes that will be filmed in part in
downtown New Haven in coming weeks, and New Haven
Independent was so kind to share the scene description with its
readers. Also mentioned is what particular scene will be shot on which
In the New Haven-shot scenes, professor Ford
gets pursued by bad guys in black sedans through the Yale campus, up to
On Monday, Indiana
Jones bursts through Yale's Branford College courtyard on the
motorcycle, continuing on through Saybrook College. Tuesday, he'll head
to a Yale baseball diamond off Derby Avenue, which has a tunnel running
under it, according to Martin's research.
"I'm sure they're
going to make it try to fly out of the tunnel," Martin told the
aldermen. Then Indy "steals a football from practice and uses it as a
weapon," he said. (Martin later elaborated the football throw was just
an example of a possible moment of lighthearted comic relief, not a
guarantee.) Thursday, the chase will hit downtown's Wall Street, then
Friday, it'll fly by Yale's Sterling Memorial Library, on to Woolsey
Hall, where the film crew hopes to stage the finale.
through Commons, which is set up to look like a study hall. "Books will
be flying, students will be running." If all goes as currently planned,
a Sedan may flip over outside on Grove Street.
All this excitement will require about
500 extras! Look for announcements soon on where to audition.
And New Haven plans to close Temple
Street on the Green for a festival on June 26 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Festivities include projecting an Indy movie onto a screen on the
Click here to read the original article by New Haven
Independent. But beware for the SPOILERS!
Thanks to Mitchman710 and Stefan
Zwanzger for the news link!
Blanchett's character been revealed?
24/05/07, 5:02pm EST
announced today that they have received confirmation from various
reliable but "anonymous" sources on the Indy 4 plot
spoilers/rumors that CHUD posted a few days ago.
also may know which character Cate Blanchett will be playing and what
relic will be the center of the plot.
They posted quite a bunch things on Indiana
4 that could possible be true as well as false. But one thing
we can be sure of is that these rumors/facts are MAJOR SPOILERS!
The news that Karen Allen would be back as
Marion Ravenwood is accurate and truth be told, a few online sites had
been sitting on this information for close to a month, no real shocker.
Shia LaBeouf is a
teenage motorcycle riding greaser, true.
Shia LaBeouf is the
son of Marion Ravenwood and Indiana Jones, true.
Indy doesn’t find
out about being a daddy until after he and Shia have been teamed up for
a while and during a pivotal scene, true.
Movie takes place in
the 50’s, true.
We will see Area 51
and Russian Agents, true.
Crystal Skulls, true
(13 skulls to be exact)
The current script
is a hybrid of scripts including Frank Darabont’s version, true.
The title of
the film is Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods, maybe, it
sure is the working title but we have been told the real title may
involve something about the 13 crystal skulls.
So who will be a villain in Indy IV?
Well kiddies, while most people have been assuming that Cate Blanchett
will be Indy’s love interest since the announcement of her addition to
the cast, several of our sources have revealed that she will actually
be the villain in cahoots with the Ruskies.
I have received word from a Spielberg
spokesperson (not this week but last month) that Indiana Jones and the City of
Gods is "not it". It could be or have been a working title but it
won't be the final title.
On the other hand, one thing IESB.net mentions here above could be proof of the
supposed current working title an anonymous source informed me about.
IESB.net writes that the the real title may
involve something about the 13 crystal skulls. While my source says the
current working title is Indiana Jones and the Four Skulls.
So not 13, but only 4?! Those damn rumors eh!
bit of trivia that could support the Crystal Skulls rumor; Yale
University, in New Haven, (one of Indy 4's filming locations)
is well know for its secret societies. And Yale's most famous is "The
Order of SKULL and Bones".
Click here to read IESB's full article. But beware
for the SPOILERS. They are not hidden like on this page!
Thanks to Brett Hopkins for the new
Indiana Jones 4
to start shooting next week!
28/05/07, 4:26pm EST
film news in the entertainment section of a newspaper or
on one of the many film news sites. The last place were you expect to
find such news is a sports site.
And yet, the official Formula 1 website published new info on the Indiana
4 production start date as they talked with race fan George
A Monaco regular is movie mogul
George Lucas, a long-term Formula One fan. “I
caught the racing bug when I was 14 years old - and I have been
following Formula One ever since. Probably unusual for an American, but
there you go. What fascinates me most is the speed and the accuracy,
especially here in Monaco where sometimes centimeters make the
difference between do or die. I plan to go to Indianapolis as well - if
my schedule permits it, as I start shooting Indiana Jones IV
next week. If the production is running as planned you will find me
here to read the full article at the official Formula 1 website.
In case you're interested in Formula
1; Fernando Alonso won the Monaco Grand Prix this Sunday. His co-pilot
Lewis Hamilton was second. And Ferrari's Felipe Massa came in third.
Yes, yours truly follows the F1 championship a bit as well.
Thanks to Mark Le Page and Stefan
Zwanzger for the Indy 4 news.
when getting role in Indy 4
28/05/07, 5:31pm EST
when Steven Spielberg offers you the part of Indiana
Jones' sidekick in the next Indy film? Spielberg asked exactly this to
Shia LaBeouf earlier this year. And now Spielberg reveals Shia's first
reaction while talking to The Morning Call:
For the lucky few, getting the nod
can be an exhilarating experience. LaBeouf had no idea why Spielberg
had summoned him to his office out of the blue. ''I
I was going to call him in to punish him for something
he did in one of the two movies he did for DreamWorks. He walked in my
office like he was walking into the principal's. He came in looking all
hang dog,'' recalls the director. Then Spielberg offered him the
role as Indiana Jones' sidekick. Spielberg describes the youngster's
reaction: ''I thought that young man was going to
drop dead of a heart attack in my office.''
This is an except from the 'The hunt
for new hunks' article written by Rachel Abramowitz for The Morning Call.
Thanks to Stefan Zwanzger for the news
about the Indy 4 script
04/06/07, 2:12pm EST
The Seattle Times has published an article on the
record number (14!) of film sequels for 2007, and asks if we really
need this fourth Indiana Jones film adventure. DreamWorks Co-Chairman
Stacey Snider answered the question:
Is there anyone besides me who is
depressed by the news that Steven Spielberg, a great filmmaker with the
clout to get any project he wants off the ground, is going off to make
... "Indiana Jones 4"? ...
So why would Spielberg, who sees
every great script that circulates in Hollywood, want to go back to the
"Indy" well? It obviously isn't for the money; Spielberg and "Indy"
producer George Lucas have enough loot to last a hundred lifetimes.
According to DreamWorks Co-Chairman Stacey Snider, David Koepp's "Indy"
script made all the difference.
"It was the
best script we saw all year — by far," she says. "To me, it's not so much a sequel as an affectionate
reprise of a beloved character and his story. It has much more in
common with the feeling you had when the 'Star Wars' movies were coming
back than what you feel about a lot of sequels, which is, 'How do I
wring one more dollar out of the franchise?' "
Other Spielberg watchers say that
the idea of bringing "Indy" back to life one more time — with
soon-to-be 65-year-old Harrison Ford as the aging hero — must have an
emotional resonance for Spielberg, who is 60 himself. Spielberg has
never apologized for being an entertainer; ...
Click here to read this full article written by By
Patrick Goldstein for the Los Angeles Times.
Thanks to Stefan Zwanzger for the news
Open Casting Call
for Indiana Jones 4!
04/06/07, 2:14pm EST
dreamed about being an extra in an Indiana Jones film,
now is your chance! Billy Dowd Casting will be organizing an open
casting call for Indiana Jones 4 on June 11 and 12.
If you're over 18 and want to get paid
for possibly standing in the background on New Haven's Chapel Street as
Harrison Ford is filmed on his motorcycle, go to the Omni Hotel at Yale
between 1 and 9 p.m. on either day.
And don't forget to bring a publicity photo of yourself to the casting
call! Your photo is not returnable so make sury you keep a copy of the
photo for yourself.
The New Haven Register tracked down some big Indyfans
who want to breathe in the excitement of the production and have come
out of the woodwork since it was announced last month that they will be
filming for Indy 4 in New Haven and, possibly, West Haven.
"I could be
scenery that moves. I could be the tree that breathes or anything in
the background," said Mitchell Hallock of Trumbull, who met Ford years ago.
One would-be minor cast member would
even fly from Bologna, Italy, to be an extra. "A
single frame in the whole flick would be enough, even if you can't see
me at all," wrote Antoni Conteddu in an e-mail he hopes will get
to director Steven Spielberg.
is: can I get there on time (for the casting call)?" Conteddu
wrote. "I'm half the world away, you know. What
if I take the first plane to New Haven and then miss the casting calls?
That would be a little frustrating."
"Oh wow! I've
been obsessed with 'Indiana Jones' since I was a kid," said
Andrew Bonia, who lives in New Haven's East Rock neighborhood and once
worked at Long Wharf Theater. "It's just weird
that it's happening right under my nose."
Blair Ribeiro of Stratford said
she's not looking for a big role. "It's basically
wanting to be a part of the film because I have the whole DVD
collection. If there's my foot in it, I'll be happy."
Russell Stepan of Oxford is going to
film school and has posters of all three "Indiana Jones" movies on his
walls. When he heard the fourth would be filming in New Haven, "I jumped up and down," adding, "If only I was joking."
So don't forget:
Open extras casting call for Indiana
- Monday June 11 & Tuesday June 12
Between 1 and 9 p.m. on either day.
at the Omni Hotel at Yale:
155 Temple Street - New Haven, Connecticut 06510
And be sure bring a headshot of
Good luck if you're planning to attend
the casting call! And be sure to let us know how it went or share your casting
experience with fellow Indyfans at our forums.
Read the original announcement online
at New Haven Register.
Thanks to Stefan Zwanzger, Mitchell
Hallock and Brett Hopkins for the news link.
quest for vintage vehicles
05/06/07, 3:04pm EST
call for extras in Indiana Jones 4. Now it seems
we have already missed one casting call; one for vintage 1950's
vehicles at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven.
The New Haven Independent published an article about
this vintage vehicles casting call that took place on Saturday. And
according to reporter Linda Cuckovich, car collectors were decidedly
The steady trickle of car owners who
passed through the high school parking lot spent as much time
interrogating the filmmakers as they did asking about the movie.
One Hamden resident brought his
father’s 1956 Ford Fairlane and a long list of questions. A props
department worker who would identify himself only as Bobby offered
reassurance. “The cars will just sit, parked, for
12 hours.” His colleague, a young woman answering to the name
Sarah, concurred, “Your car might roll across an
intersection three blocks from the action. There’s no risk.”
According to Bobby, none of the cars
being cast would participate in the high-speed chase. “Those cars will just be classic bodies combined with
1980s Chevy Caprice Chassis. The old cars’ engines just aren’t reliable
enough to run all day.”
There's more in the full article by the 'New Haven Independent'.
Including photos of some attending vintage cars.
Thanks to Stefan Zwanzger for the news
Indy 4 to
be present at Comic-Con next month?
05/06/07, 3:34pm EST
International has announced its preliminary list of films and TV
shows that will be present during the 2007 Comic-Con, in San Diego from
July 26 till 29.
And the list includes a certain film called Indiana Jones 4.
Could this mean there will be a panel on the fourth Indy film at Comic-Con?
Here follows the list, so far:
Alien vs. Predator 2: No Peace On
Earth, American Gangster, Babylon A.D., Balls of Fury, Beowulf, The
Bourne Ultimatum, Coraline, Fred Claus, Get Smart, The Golden Compass,
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, I Am Legend, The Incredible Hulk, Indiana
4, The Invasion, Iron Man, National Treasure: Book of
Secrets, Resident Evil: Extinction, Speed Racer, The Strangers,
Stardust, Star Trek, Sunshine, Sweeney Todd, 30 Days of Night, Trick 'r
Treat, Wanted, Where the Wild Things Are, White Out
Important to note is that this part
of Comic-Con programming is worked on up to the last
possible minute, so we can expect changes.
Thanks to Jonesy for the news link.
Jones 4 cast expands
07/06/07, 1:50pm EST
rumors we can finally say with absolute certainty that
Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone & John Hurt will star in Indiana
Which characters they will play
remains a mystery. Although rumors do circle about Cate Blanchett's role.
The official press release at IndianaJones.com reads:
Several stars have thrown their hats
into the ring to join Harrison Ford and Shia LaBeouf in Indiana Jones'
latest whip-cracking adventure. Next year, when the new Indiana Jones
movie opens worldwide on May 22, Indy will share the screen with Cate
Blanchett, Ray Winstone and John Hurt.
Academy Award® winner Cate
Blanchett has established herself as one of the preeminent leading
actresses in film today, earning her first Best Actress nomination for
her title role in Elizabeth, for which she received a BAFTA and
Golden Globe Award. She continued to draw acclaim for significant roles
in The Talented Mr. Ripley, the Lord of the Rings
trilogy, Notes on a Scandal and Babel. In 2005, she
won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as
Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator, and this year was named one
of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. Cate is
currently filming The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
costarring Brad Pitt and directed by David Fincher.
Known for his layered and nuanced
performances of tough guys, Ray Winstone drew international praise for
his role as Gal Dove in Jonathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast. His
recent screen credits include Martin Scorsese’s The Departed,
Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur, and Anthony Minghella’s Breaking
Entering. Winstone's voice can be heard as Mr. Beaver in The
Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Ray
will next be seen in the title role of Beowulf opening November
16, 2007, directed by Robert Zemeckis.
Academy Award nominee John Hurt,
whose career in film spans more than 40 years, has played memorable
roles in movies both big and small. His impressive body of work
includes such films as V for Vendetta, Elephant Man, 1984,
Midnight Express, Contact,
Alien. On television, he won
world-wide acclaim for his
role of Caligula in I, Claudius and Quentin Crisp in The
Naked Civil Servant.
Head over to the official IndianaJones.com to read the original press
Sean Connery won't
be back for Indy 4
07/06/07, 2:31pm EST
speculation Sir Sean Connery announced today that he
won't return for Indiana Jones 4.
Sir Connery won't take a break from retirement to play Indy's beloved
father one more time. "Retirement is just too
damned much fun." Sean Connery added.
Here follows Sean Connery's full
comment added to today's press release:
While the man with the hat is back,
this time he's not bringing his Dad. Sean Connery, who retired from
acting in 2005, said:
"I get asked
the question so often, I thought it best to make an announcement. I
thought long and hard about it and if anything could have pulled me out
of retirement it would have been an Indiana Jones film. I love working
with Steven and George, and it goes without saying that it is an honor
to have Harrison as my son. But in the end, 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
But we should not mourn as Lucasfilm
has also given us good news today! They have announced in the same press release that Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone
& John Hurt (!) have signed on for Indiana Jones' latest cinematic
Head over to the official IndianaJones.com to read the original press
And thanks to Stephen Jared, David
Gruwez, Brad Schweid, 'Fuzzyfoot', Jared Barrett, Jack, RYAN OC, Bryan
Babich, Dennis, Mike Stevenson, 'scifiwolf', Jayson Crittenden &
Stefan Zwanzger for the news links.
Shia LaBeouf talks
more Indiana Jones 4
07/06/07, 3:24pm EST
for actor Shia LaBeouf. New interviews with him appear
everywhere to promote his latest films Surf's Up and Transformers.
us, them interviewers also try to get some Indiana
Jones 4 info out of LaBeouf.
LaBeouf told MoviesOnline
that the film is ready to shoot, and that at this point he has not yet
read the script. They asked him if there was anything specific he was
looking to do in this film.
Shia LaBeouf: "Well, you don't make any demands from Steven
Spielberg. You just go, 'Yeah? Alright, great. That sounds like a good
thing to me.' [George] Lucas isn't as involved as Spielberg with the
actors. I mean, it's all Steven, but I mean I don't imagine that I
would be questioning anything that he says.
Of course you have to find your voice as the artist. You're the tool
and you have to have some say, but I don't imagine that it's going to
be very easy to say, 'You know what, Steven, I don't think that's
correct. I think that I should do it this way.' So, I don't know. We're
still trying to figure it out.
We haven't gotten into any rehearsals. It's just been a lot of stunt
rehearsals and a lot of weapons training and things like that."
Also ComingSoon.net tried to get Indiana Jones 4
info out of Shia LaBeouf. But Shia was pretty tight-lipped about it.
When asked what he thinks about playing Harrison Ford's son.
"I mean I
don't know what I'm going to be. I could be playing a train conductor.
Who knows? Well let's see you have Sean Connery and Harrison Ford.
Chances are you're going to be in trouble. I'm imaging there will be
some sort of creature crawling on me throughout the movie",
Obviously this interview was taken
before today as LaBeouf assumed Sean Connery will be on board as well.
Thanks to Stefan Zwanzger for the news
Two more Indiana
4 filming locations
08/06/07, 3:57pm EST
what looks like two more Indiana Jones 4 filming
locations. Deming in New Mexico. And the Mexican port of Veracruz.
Cruces Sun-News reported earlier this week that the Indy 4
production crew will film some scenes near Deming, New Mexico. An area
nearby Deming will be transformed into a Morocco setting.
Crew members of the fourth Indiana Jones film have been working in
Deming for weeks. A building at the former air strip in Deming has been
painted blue, with a USAF insignia and the words "Home Of The Fighter
Pilot" painted on an outside wall. In addition, WWII Air Force vehicles
are parked nearby.
New Mexico reportedly is the first
filming location, but no filming dates have been announced. And it is
also unclear if any of the lead stars of the film will be on location
This is not the first time that
Deming, New Mexico, has been hinted
as possible filming location for Indiana Jones 4.
Spanish news agency Terra.es has reported that they may also be
filming for the fourth Indy film in the Mexican port of Veracruz in
Film commissioner Próspero
Rebolledo, the head official for attracting movie business to the state
of Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave, indicated in an interview that
negotiations with the Indiana Jones 4 producers are underway,
that they are scouting and hiring locations in Veracruz and that
shooting is set for October.
Thanks to Stefan Zwanzger and Rogelio
for the news links.
with rumor about his character
10/06/07, 5:29pm EST
Collider.com had the chance to ask Shia LaBeouf
some questions about his latest film Surf's Up and slipped in
one question about Indiana Jones 4.
The question referred to a recent
rumor that LaBeouf will be playing a
greaser, wearing jeans and a leather jacket and riding around on a
motorcycle in the fourth Indy film.
Frosty from Collider.com asked Shia LaBeouf: "Have you, yes or no, been perhaps training on a
motorcycle?" Shia said "No"
with a priceless smile... and then added "You
know far too much dude. How do you do this? Very smart my friend. I
can't confirm nor deny."
And coolest of all; you can view
Shia's reaction yourself as Frosty placed the video online on Collider.com.
A special thanks to Johan at The Raven for the this great find.
Rumors about John
Hurt's character have begun!
12/06/07, 2:06pm EST
Hurt is rumored to play is highlighted in news
titles on plenty other websites, I have descided to hide it for those
who don't want to be spoiled. And besides the following is only a
rumor. (So we assume.)
/film reported a spy contacted them to say that
John Hurt (who was announced this past week) will be playing the charachter of famous german
theoretical physicsm, Albert Einstein. /film added that they have no way to confirm this
Einstein was supposedly included in the infamous Frank
Darabont draft of Indiana Jones 4, which has now been scrapped.
Some people say that some of the ideas and plot from that draft made it
into David Koepp’s current draft of the film.
This would not be the first time
that a historical figure would be on screen in the Indiana Jones
series. Heinrich Himmler and Adolf Hitler both made a brief appearances
in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
The big flaw in this rumor comes
from historical data: The shop owners on location in New Haven, CT were
told that the film was set in 1957. And the window dressing and
sign-age would reflect that year. However,
Einstein died on April 18, 1955 at the age of 76. John Hurt is 67 years
old, and could probably play Einstein in the last 15-20 years of his
life, realistically. May-be Einstein didn’t die in 1955 according to
the proposed storyline. Or may-be the Einstein parts are included in
flashback or prelude, as has been used in the other films of the
Garth Franklin from Dark
Horizons added another name to the rumor mill. A character name
some fans have certainly been thinking about before.
speculation is turning rife that John Hurt's role will be that of the
'thought dead' Abner Ravenwood, who's technically also the Shia LaBeouf
It's best to consider these as rumors
as they can't be confirmed or denied at the moment.
Thanks to Brett Hopkins, Basti, Stefan
Zwanzger and Dr.Sartorius at The Raven for the news links.
Thousands line up
for Indy 4 casting call
12/06/07, 5:40pm EST
big days for Indiana Jones fans from around New Haven,
Connecticut, as Billy Dowd Casting organized an open casting call for Indiana
4 in their city. And not just people from Connecticut
answered the open casting call!
Barbara Lamb, director of the city's
Office of Cultural Affairs, who has been coordinating the details, said
to Connecticut Post Online that she can't say for
sure how many people will line up for the casting call.
Barbara Lamb: "I
that I have received more phone calls and e-mails than I
care to respond to, so I am anticipating a huge crowd, but I really
Fans coming from all over USA and even
as far away as Italy were among the over 1.000 people waiting in line
on Monday while, according to the New Haven Independent, the Casting agency only
needed 400 extras initially:
Early reports called for 400 extras,
but casting director Billy Dowd (pictured) said he wasn't sure how many
people he would end up needing.
"We're going to shoot a lot of scenes," he
said. "We don't know how many or how many extras
The New Haven Register reported that Billy Dowd's
casting agency is now looking for 900 extras to be hired for the New
Haven scene. And after noticing people already lined up hours before
the casting call was scheduled to begin, Dowd decided to open early.
Ed Stannard from New Haven Register reports:
People were so excited to be extras
in the fourth "Indiana Jones" movie that when casting director Billy
Dowd drove into the city Sunday evening and saw people already camping
out on Crown Street, he knew he couldn't wait till 1 p.m. Monday to
open his casting call.
So, at 7:30 a.m., the door opened
and the first hardy hopefuls started traipsing through a back door of
the Omni New Haven Hotel, their fortitude earning them the reward of
not having to wait for hours in the midday sun.
Indyfan Mitchell Hallock headed out
early and was ready to wait for
hours. Big was his surprise when he was one of the first to arrive at
the casting call line in the morning.
"It had a red
carpet and was outside the hotel on Crown Street at 8:10 am, and found
that I was number 7 in line. There were folks from New York, New
Jersey, Massachusetts, and some locals." Mitchell explains.
minutes passed the door opened, and all of us were taking to a room and
filled out our information on forms for something called "GENURE
productions" contact, measurements, and if we had a dog, could play
football and would get 50's style haircut... After that it was a quick
photo, and a brief meeting with the casting people and that was it. I
was out by 8:40am!"
A friend of Mitchell, who went down at
1:00 - the time it was listed at starting, said the line was stretching
around the block and down the street.
Mitchell Hallock's full story will be
published on TheRaider.net later this week together with reports from
If you have also attended the open casting call in New Haven and would
like to talk about your experience, you may always contact us and we'll
make sure it gets online here. Photo's of the casting call are also
You can read many more comments, and
view photos, from people attending the open casting call at the Connecticut
Online, the New Haven Independent, New Haven Register and Courant.com.
A big thanks to Stefan Zwanzger and
Mitchell Hallock for the heads up.
UPDATE: No Indiana
4 set photos today
13/06/07, 1:57pm EST
Those National Treasure 2 set
photos have been removed from Filmpub at the request of Indy 4
production company Paramount Pictures. Our own contact at Paramount was
unable to comment.
(Thanks to ChewieDC for the Filmpub update.)
Original: Earlier today Czech
film site Filmpub published four photos of, what they
believed, was a set being built at Universal Studios for Indiana
Jones 4. But these are not what they appear to be.
A Spielberg spokesperson has let us know that this is NOT a set
constructed for the fourth Indy film but for National Treasure 2,
in production at this moment.
An understandable mistake as this film
starring Nicholas Cage is a sequel to the successful adventure film National
Treasure from 2005 which could best be described as a mixture of The
Code with the Indiana Jones Trilogy.
Thanks to Brett Hopkins, Maxime
Ferland and ChewieDC for the heads up.
confirmed for Indiana Jones 4
13/06/07, 2:18pm EST
Gorfaine-Schwartz Agency recently confirmed that
John Williams' upcoming projects include composing the music for the
next two Steven Spielberg films: Indiana Jones 4, to be
released on May 22, 2008, and Lincoln (2009).
Multiple Academy Award winner John
Williams has also composed and conducted the famous Raiders'
March and the soundtracks of all three previous Indiana Jones
Source: John Williams Fan Network
Indy 4 open
casting call reports
16/06/07, 9:25am EST
Report collecting new accounts from people who
answered the open casting call in New Haven on June 11 and 12.
Longtime Indyfan Jonathan Burdick has
also published an article on his experience of deciding to go to and
finally going to the Indiana Jones 4 extras casting call. You can read
Jonathan's article online on his weblog. It's an excellent article worth checking
In addition, here follow a few related
videos. The first is from a local news station in New Haven and the
second is a video slideshow made by a fan and placed on YouTube.
Thanks to Jonathan Burdick, Mitchell
Hallock, Jeff from Massachusetts, Ray E. and Gail Bugeja: for their
A Deming filming
17/06/07, 4:35am EST
It Cool News posted an interesting Indy 4 story related to
the Deming, New Mexico, filming location. He received the following
I am working on a Warner Bros film
right now. [Someone else on the film] is from New Mexico. I said to him
"hey they are filming Indy 4 there right?" He said, "My friend
is [working on] the film and they are prepping the New Mexico site to
WWII atomic test site, like in the old videos
you would see in school".
Apparently Moriarty can verify that
this sequence exists in the Indy 4 screenplay. Or at least, it
has at a prior point in the development;
Moriarty: It sounds to me
like they’ve taken several different incarnations of the Indy 4
script and cobbled them all together to come up with the version we’ll
see in theaters next summer...
I got this e-mail in, and it seems to confirm that there will be a
sequence early in the movie that takes place on a site in the desert
that both Jeb Stuart and Frank Darabont are rumored to have included in
their takes on the story.
And, no, I’m not talking about Area 51. All
I’ll say is that if this is the sequence I think it is, it starts the
story off with a bang. A really... big... bang...
Head over to Aint It
Cool News to read the original full article.
grew up watching the Indy Trilogy
17/06/07, 5:10am EST
Herald Sun spoke with Oscar winner Cate Blanchett
during a rare afternoon of downtime at her Sydney home on the eve of
shooting for the next Indiana Jones film.
because I grew up watching all the preceding movies, so to be now in
one will be quite strange," she says.
"When I got
the call from Spielberg I just couldn't pass it up."
Cate Blanchett- who was named one of
the world's most infuential people by Time magazine last month - also
talked about her love for her family and baking.
Click here to read the original article.
Thanks to Stefan Zwanzger for the
Indiana Jones 4
begins shooting today!
of principal photography on Indiana Jones 4.
Unconfirmed rumors say that the production is currently filming on
locations in New Mexico. At Deming maybe?
The official IndianaJones.com announced the start of production
today & recently caught up with Shia LaBeouf before cameras rolled.
LaBeouf shares his thoughts about joining Indiana Jones 4 in a
great Quicktime video.
Today director Steven Spielberg will
shout "Action!" marking the return of the character who redefined
cinematic action as cameras roll on the first day of principal
photography on the new Indiana Jones adventure. Spielberg reunites with
executive producer George Lucas and star Harrison Ford to bring the
classic hero back to the big screen. It's the trio's first
collaboration since the last film in the Indiana Jones, series, Indiana
Shooting will continue throughout
the summer before the film goes into post-production to be ready for
its May 22, 2008 release. The new Indiana Jones film is a Lucasfilm
Ltd. Production distributed by Paramount Pictures. Frank Marshall
returns as producer with Kathleen Kennedy joining Lucas as executive
Head over to IndianaJones.com to read the full announcement and
to view the video with young star Shia LaBeouf.
Broadbent has a role in Indy 4
19/06/07, 4:09pm EST
Jim Broadbent has officially joined that cast of Indiana Jones 4
today. You can read the announcement at IndianaJones.com.
During a recent interview with BritFilms
British actor Jim Broadbent let it slip that he was going to be
starring in Indiana Jones 4.
"I’m doing a
good cameo in the next ‘Indiana Jones’, so working with Mr. Spielberg
should be an experience. I’m going to Yale – I’m a professor.”
said Jim Broadbent.
And when suggested that he could be the new Marcus Brody character, Jim
replied: “That would do for me (laughs)”
is now the third British talent taking part in Indy 4. Already
announced are Ray Winstone and John Hurt. Cate Blanchett is from
Dr. Marcus Brody, a museum currator
and friend of Indy, is a character who appeared in both Raiders of
the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Brody
was played by late British actor Denholm Elliott
who passed away in 1992.
Thanks to Brett Hopkins, Ryan OC and
Dr.Sartorius from The
Raven for the heads up.
Treasure 2 set photos either
20/06/07, 5:52pm EST
Indy 4 set photos (or are they
from a National Treasure 2 set?) continues as TMZ.com asked around trying to find confirmations
We called Jerry Bruckheimer Films,
the production company for National Treasure, and it turns out
the Nic Cage pic is wrapping production next week outside of L.A., so
clearly Universal needs to update their tour guides.
Our staffers thought the giant Aztec
set could have something to do with the long awaited Indiana Jones
sequel, and questioned the tour guides, who had no clue. Later, we
contacted Universal Studios Production, which denied any link to
Indiana Jones, saying, "We do not reveal the
details of our shooting locations." Details about Indy 4
have been under wraps for a while, but filming reportedly began this
You can read more and view a photo of
this set at TMZ.com.
Either way, this Aztec set looks beautiful!
Thanks to Ryan from Baltimore for the
The Man with the
Hat is Back!
22/06/07, 3:03am EST
on the photo for a high-res version!
For the first time since 1989,
Harrison Ford dons the familiar costume on Thursday, June 21, 2007, as
the upcoming Indiana Jones adventure begins production under the
direction of Steven Spielberg. The new Indiana Jones movie is set in
the 1950s and stars Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, John Hurt, Ray
Winstone and Jim Broadbent .
The Lucasfilm Ltd. production will be released by Paramount Pictures
worldwide on May 22, 2008. Photo by Steven Spielberg. Courtesy
Indy 4 to
film at Hamakua Coast, Hawaii
23/06/07, 5:21pm EST
Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported that scenes for Indiana
4 will be filmed at the Hamakua Coast on the Big Island of
Hawaii for three weeks in August.
Location shooting will take place
along the Hamakua Coast and Lucasfilm has opened a production office in
Hilo. There is no word yet on any casting call or other local
Filming on the project, to be
released May 22, 2008, started Monday in Deming, N.M., where part of
the town has been decked out to resemble Morocco during World War II.
Security surrounding the
yet-to-be-titled film, which has been dubbed "Project X" by those close
to the production, has been even tighter than around past film projects
on the island.
Deb Wuliger, a publicist for the
project, said Wednesday from New Mexico that she cannot release details
about the story, or much about the production itself.
excited about the project and we're really excited about going to shoot
on location, and we also want to be able to preserve a bit of surprise
when people plop down their -- I don't know what ticket prices are in
Hawaii, but in L.A. it's $12 -- come next May. So we're really trying
to keep everything to a minimum," she said.
is to preserve the integrity of the story and to preserve the
experience with the audience. It really is. We're going through a
period of time where information travels so fast and people put things
together so quickly that before a movie can be released, people are
reading about it. ... The thing about the Internet is that when there
are spoilers, at least they announce it, so people can choose how to
look. But the (mainstream media), that's not how they do news. ... The
problem is that there's no longer any such thing as a 'local story.'
People piece them all together and it's a different world and we're
trying to learn how to deal with that."
You can read the full article at the Hawaii Tribune-Herald website.
Thanks to ComingSoon.net
for the news link.
New Haven prepares
for Indiana Jones 4 shoot
24/06/07, 1:26pm EST
New Haven Register published more info on the
upcoming Indiana Jones 4 shooting in a few days.
Because of the probability of
changes in the filming schedule, the production crew will post the next
day’s schedule each night on the city’s Web site, www.cityofnewhaven.com.
The dates are reasonably certain at
this point, barring weather delays or other unforeseen events. Shooting
will start as early as 6 a.m. Thursday and run through July 7, except
for Sunday and the Fourth of July.
The New Haven Register also says that changes have
been made to the original shooting schedule to film a new (or edited)
One change the Paramount
decision-makers have made is that they will not use a Yale practice
field in the scene. "Their creative team decided
that they’re not going to use Derby Avenue for the chase scene,"
said West Haven Police Chief Ronald M. Quagliani.
Lamb said that part of the schedule
will be filled with something new. "They’re
creating a new scene, which hasn’t even been confirmed yet, so that’s
going to go in there," she said.
Another article about the Indy 4
shooting preparations in New Haven can be found at Wtnh.com.
Thanks to Stefan Zwanzger for the
A day in today's
1957 New Haven
25/06/07, 5:49pm EST
Indyfan who lives near New Haven, went to the city this
weekend and came back with extra casting information, to set dressings
and the big chase scene. New Haven was a buzz with activity.
Mitchell also got confirmation that
Football practice during the chase scene is out. Billy Dowd also
mentioned to him that all extras casting was done. And Mitchell has a
little spoiler about the chase too.
Here's what Mitchell's day in New
Haven was like:
Extra casting info from the
I was waiting for a friend who went to the casting call of the new
Martin Lawrence/Raven film called "College Road Trip" soon to be
filming in Connecticut, when out walks Billy Dowd, who was the
gentleman in charge of the casting for extras for Indy IV. I
introduced myself, and mentioned the Entertainment weekly, "Fan of the
Week" and how I was at the extra casting call. Mr. Dowd said all
casting was done (sorry everyone waiting for a call). He also confirmed
that the football practice that was mentioned as part of the chase
scene was out, and that they had already picked folks, had wardrobe
ready - but that's Hollywood - things are in constant change. I
mentioned to him all the films coming to CT and how it was a great time
to be a fan of the movies. I said goodbye and reminded him if they need
and chubby extras - I will be waiting by the phone.
Welcome to Chapel Street
circa 1957 or Raiders of the Lost "Adult Toy Store"?
Chapel Street is already being transformed with store
windows and facades that give the appearance of 1957. There is now a
Woolworths store with vintage toys, Brillo pads, and the most unusual
gags or practical jokes collection - see photos of Italian Nuts, Polish
Nuts - and other weird "International Gags" - I know you will never see
these close-up on the screen - but these are the items in the window -
I guess folks weren't Politically correct back in 1957. I know they say
R2 and 3PO are on the wall in the Well of the Souls in "Raiders" but
that's nothing compared to the French Bikini Set at Indy's local
Speaking of 1957 - all indications are that is the
year - but judging by the dates on the magazines in the window - who
knows when. Just when is a mystery as the photos I took of the
magazines in the "Village Book Store" aka News Haven, have authentic
magazines from 1957, but a Time with JFK on the cover is December 2,
1957. While the TV Guide with Lawrence Welk is September, 1957 - Hard
cover titles like "The Day That Christ Died" are in the window to - you
can see the photos on my MySpace gallery - myspace.com/mitchellhallock.
The clothing store was the biggest hoot - especially
the hat rack - The Man with the Fedora is back- and he brought extras!
There are several mannequins in men's clothes from the 1957's at
Enson's Menswear - but I got a kick out of the hat rack that had about
10 fedoras - must be where Indy gets his when they come when he is
being dragged under a truck or falling out of a plane! It was like
seeing where Superman gets his capes!
There is also a jewelry store and an art supply store that have been
redone with more on the way.
Filming has begun!
According to folks around the area, there was a chase scene filmed on
Saturday, or maybe a dress rehearsal for the big one that is coming up.
Some folks said filming was being done last week, but the big stuff
with the actors is still to come.
Including the demolishing of a huge set of newly created wooden doors
that lead out of Yale's Calhoun College onto Elm Street. They took out
the old Yale iron gate and put these wooden doors, complete with wood
carvings up and are varnishing them tomorrow and then Indy will drive a
truck through them! There are two shots of the doors as well on my site.
The dining hall/motorcycle chase rehearsal has started to take shape as
A big thanks to Mitchell Hallock for
his report! Andd be sure to view his photos from New Haven at
Celebrating on the
set of Indiana Jones 4
25/06/07, 6:04pm EST
announced today that they will be airing exclusive behind-the-scenes
footage on the set of Indiana Jones 4 tonight!
New to the cast is Shia LaBeouf, who
admits to being a big fan of the actor behind the iconic movie
the man," he tells ET. "I haven't met a
more manly man than that. He's the most manly man I've ever known,"
"He's THE man! The man!"
Continuing the saga has been an
on-and-off proposition since the release of 'Indiana Jones and the Last
Crusade.' Last year, Ford said he was thrilled and eager about an
impending fourth chapter.
the time. "And they're so much fun to
make, so no problem there."
Director Steven Spielberg revealed
it was his kids who talked him into creating a new addition to the
movie franchise, telling ET, "My kids are the
ones that say, 'Dad, go back to making the Raiders movies. You
can make those [other] movies for Mom, but go back and make the Raiders
movies for us.'"
You can read the full article online
and don't forget to watch the exclusive behind-the-scenes footage on
the set of the new 'Indiana Jones' on tonight's ET!
Anyone here who will be recording this
behind-the-scenes clip at ET tonight?!
Thanks to Stefan Zwanzger for the
First day of
shooting Indy 4 video
26/06/07, 2:06am EST
marked the first day of principal photography of the new
Indiana Jones film. Director Steven Spielberg shares with us a brief
video from that day at IndianaJones.com.
The new Indiana Jones movie is a
Lucasfilm Ltd. Production, directed by Steven Spielberg and distributed
by Paramount Pictures. Frank Marshall returns as producer with Kathleen
Kennedy joining George Lucas as executive producer. It is planned for
worldwide release on May 22, 2008.
Click here to view the great video online and
watch Spielberg directing a schene with US army vehicles and other
vintage cars at what appears to be Deming, New Mexico! Very exciting
Thanks to Steven Spielberg &
Indy in New Haven
article by The New York Observer
27/06/07, 4:10pm EST
The New York Observer published an article by
Spencer Morgan about Paramount Pictures' take over of Yale University's
campus to shoot Indiana Jones 4 the coming days and talked with
people who got cast as extras in the film.
transformed a whole block of storefronts to make them look like 1957,”
Lauren Dunn, an English major, by phone the
Construction along Chapel Street
began late last week, and the production team has also set up shop in
Yale’s main dining hall. “I peeked my head into
Commons but I got into trouble,” Ms. Dunn said. “Someone said, ‘I’m sorry you can’t go in there; we
have a confidentiality agreement.’”
Ms. Dunn, who was cast as an extra
after waiting in line for four hours along with what she called “thousands” of other aspiring movie stars, is
now also proudly bound by a confidentiality agreement. She did divulge
that she would be playing a student, and will be wearing “period clothes.”
Film extra Lauren Dunn also added some
possible spoilers about the scenes to be filmed in New Haven. Although
it more sounds like rumors she has heard from others. So take the
following with a grain of salt at the moment.
of the movie,” Ms. Dunn burbled excitedly. “(Harrison
Ford) is teaching a class and he hears some noise outside, which turns
out to be an anti-Communist rally, and he goes out to investigate and
he recognizes one of his old rivals from one of the other movies and he
jumps on a motorcycle and ends up being chased by some guys in a car.”
That’s not all. “I’ve heard rumors that the archeological artifact that
they’re looking for is the fountain of youth,” Ms. Dunn said. “But I
You can read the full article online
at The New York Observer website.
Thanks to Jayson Crittenden and Maxime
Ferland for the heads up.
More Indiana Jones
Street Festival reports
27/06/07, 4:30pm EST
The New Haven Independent published a report, with
photos and 2 video fragments, about the Indiana Jones Street Festival
As a crowd celebrated with a music-
and movie-filled outdoor party on the Green thrown by the city’s Office
of Cultural Affairs Tuesday night, Chapel Street traveled back in time
50 years to double as the set for chase scenes in the next Indiana
Jones movie. Shooting begins in town Thursday.
In preparation, the stores along
Chapel from College to High streets have been remade to resemble the
era — helped by a previous historic renovation of the district that
preserved the original buildings. The original Woolworth’s was further
east on Chapel, but no one was quibbling as a mock storefront emerged.
Another report comes from the New Haven Register who also interviewed the
acrobatic fire-eating female duo that entertained the crowd in New
All over the Green and up Temple
Street, people were talking about how Chapel Street has been gussied up
to look like 1957 and how New Haven will be in the spotlight.
The Aerial Angels, Isabella and
Spike, were having fun with the audience, climbing all over Chris
Stewart of New Haven and snapping a stalk of celery in half after
having a man hold it between his legs.
"This is my
real job," Isabella assured the audience. "Forty-three
student loans ... and I'm in the streets of New
Haven wearing spandex and bullwhipping celery out of a man's groin."
Shooting for Indiana Jones 4
on location in New Haven, Connecticut, starts tomorrow and will end on
Click on the links above to read the
And thanks to Mitchell Hallock for the
Set report of Untitled
Project at Yale
29/06/07, 3:17pm EST
back with a report from the first day of filming Indiana
Jones 4 on the streets of New Haven!
Here follows Mitchell's new report:
June 28th - Well, maybe not up
there with World War II or the moon landing, but for us locals, this is
historic; the first "Official" day of Indy IV filming in New
Haven is here! I say official as there have been many dress rehearsals
and filming here and there, but today it was the real deal. The boys,
Spence, 9, and Owen, 7, headed out early and got to New Haven (or maybe
the town of Bedford, located in Michigan - as one wild rumor was said
by a local) around 7:30. The boys and I woke up early and headed out to
as grabbed a great scrambled egg breakfast at the Bedford Grill (again,
the modern day Copper Kitchen), which like many of the retail shops has
been transformed to 1957. Now added to the scenery were stamp machines,
scale/fortune telling machines, a Bozo the Clown - "fun-phone", shoe
shine station, and a few new shops. All the shops are still open behind
their Indy IV, (or The Untitled Genre Project, as it is called
on all the flyers around town - a PG Rated action-adventure set in the
Golden Age of 1957 - see no City of the Gods or Raiders of
the Lost Dentures) window dressing - so it is like stepping into The
Zone as you travel back 50 years in time at every corner.
A glance down College Street shows
cars and trucks from the late 1940s and early 1950s, and then small
groups of authentically dressed extras, being led across the green
start to appear. One really has to take a moment and soak in the amount
of exquisite craftsmanship and detail that has been poured into the
sets. The professionalism of the crew, not to mention the local Yale
and New Haven Police, who are keeping a watchful eye and making sure
that the normal business life in New Haven, goes on amidst the action
of Indiana Jones. And yes, oddly enough, a lot of would-be Indiana
Jones walking around in costume - kind of like the guys at football
games who paint themselves in the color of the team as my son, Owen,
We look down the street to see a familiar baseball capped, bearded
gentleman walking down College Street framing the scene with his thumbs
and forefingers - no, it couldn't be. but it is, the one and only
Steven Spielberg! There he was walking down the road, seeing how the
forthcoming chase scene will look in his mind.
Now after they cleared the real
local traffic, and washed down the streets, and waited for local
traffic, again. The scene started. After a few practice runs, and now
that the street was "locked down".. here it was; ready... lights,
camera, ... ACTION! If you didn't think Hollywood hadn't arrived to
the Elm City, the black sedans, being pursued by a motorcycle being
driven by a 50's hipster, with an older, scholarly looking professor
hanging on for dear life was the clincher! Yes, Indiana Jones was here!
Well, his stunts double anyway.
Now, amongst the spectators were
cheering fans from around the area, locals who were just trying to get
to work around the closed streets, and being the mini-New York it is, a
lot of ticked off, New Haveners who could care less! NOTE TO GENRE
PRODUCTIONS - When hiring Production Assistants and Day Laborers, get
ones who know the area - I helped give directions over three dozen
times to lost pedestrians and confused production personnel, and in one
somewhat scary situation, calmed a very irate bicyclist who was a
little "angrier than normal" when told he couldn't cross College, due
to the filming.
Anyway, watching the chase scene, again, and again,
and again, and again. you realize movie making is done by folks with
the patience of Saints! A lot of standing by to stand by. Oh well,
there is only so much the boys could take. We walked around, had a bite
at the Yankee Doodle Diner - great cheeseburgers - and looked around
the familiar streets where I grew up, to see what else was going on.
Going by Naples Pizza on High Street, we bumped into a few extras and
readers of these "Raiders Ramblings" who recognized me
and the kids. Another thing about movie-making, especially for extras,
is they need to supply air-conditioned pants and skirts - it was about
88 degrees today, but the costumes looked a little warm for summer. I
wish I could have got some shots of the gang with the kids, but we
didn't want to get any of these fine folks in trouble.It was nice to
talk with actors and fellow fans, lucky enough to get picked - and yes,
I agree with you guys - the "Entertainment Weekly - Obsessed Fan of the
Week" - may have put me in the reject/fanatic bin - maybe I should have
said it was the Obese Fan of the week and I could have got something
like Chubby Guy at Bus Station extra. However, the kids were excited,
because to them everyone was a famous movie star and it was a treat to
say hi to these 1950s looking Indy extras. After we walked away they
told me they forgot to ask for autographs! Fedoras off to you guys and
gals - keep cool and don't upstage the leading men and women!
Dr. Jones, The famous
Speaking of the lead, the man himself, Harrison Ford, was around the
corner in a university building rehearsing a classroom scene with
Spielberg. There were lights and reflectors outside the windows and a
lot of folks hurrying around. My son, Spencer, who has had Bill Murray
wish him "Happy Birthday" when he was 5, and met and received Bruce
Springsteen's guitar pick, waited to see if Harrison Ford was going to
come out and shake his hand and sign his Indy action figure he picked
up a Disney World last year. I had to gently tell him, that Mr. Ford
was a little busy at the moment.
As we walked around the chase scene was going on and
on. There was a weird sight in the Yale Commons is a new statue of 10th
Yale President Theodore Dwight Woolsey that was being put together near
the real one - except this one was missing a head. In fact, he had
about 7 heads that were being put together by the craftsman from
Paramount. No doubt to be blown up or some devastating event that
awaits, similar to the fake Iron Gate on Chapel Street and new wooden
doors on Calhoun College.
It is now raining out and they have
done the chase scene a zillion times, no doubt it will be jam-packed
few of celluloid scene magic next May.
That's all folks!
As we sit at the table in 1957 McCurry's Seafood Restaurant on Chapel
Street (known as Starbuck's Coffee Shop in 2007) to write this and take
a much need break from the heat, all we can say is "Wow"! Owen wants to
go home and make a movie in our backyard with the video camera. He is
telling Spencer that he can ride his wagon with our dog, Indiana, in
the back and pretend to be chased by the bad guys. That being me - the
baddest bad guy Dad in Connecticut!
There are some new pics of the Chapel
Street scenery and construction the fake statue on Mitchell Hallock's MySpage page.
Thanks to Mitchell for this first New
Haven set report.
Articles on the
New Haven shoot are poring in
29/06/07, 4:15pm EST
article from the New Haven Register titled Star Harrison Ford arrives for 'Indiana Jones' shoot.
except of that article:
Marshall said the decision to look
at Yale was based on brief exterior scenes shot for Raiders at
the University of the Pacific in California, a school often chosen for
its resemblance to Ivy League schools.
Fantasia said Yale's classic architecture made it Spielberg's first
choice for filming that will require 10 to 15 minutes of Ivy
"Steven always said Yale is the most
iconic-looking Ivy League college," Kennedy said. "It was his first choice."
There will be classroom shots,
exterior shots and the prerequisite chase scene that includes the Old
Campus, Phelps Gate and Yale's library.
The shooting schedule allows two days for rain, scenes Kennedy said
will be the last to be shot if the weather holds.
Kennedy said the impetus for a
fourth movie came in 2000 at the American Film Institute tribute to
"We were all backstage, the entire family,"
"Somebody said, ‘Wouldn't it be great
to do this again?'"
And Marshall acknowledged that they
were unsuccessful at coaxing Sean Connery, who played Ford's father,
Dr. Henry Jones in the last movie, out of retirement.
And unlike the James Bond series, which has been handed off to a
succession of five actors since Connery originated the role, they
believe Indiana Jones will pass into cinema history once Ford decides
to hang up the bullwhip and tattered fedora for good.
"We rode off
into the sunset last time, and now we're back," Marshall said.
Kennedy concurred. "I think Harrison Ford IS Indiana Jones," she
There are many more news articles
reporting about the first day of shooting Indy 4 in New Haven.
Here's a full list of what I have found so far:
Thanks to Mitchell Hallock, Brett
Hopkins, Terry Toland, Greg, Jim Mower, and all the members at The Raven!
First pictures of
the cast in action on the set
29/06/07, 5:09pm EST
fans - very unfortunate for the crew - but the first
"spy" pictures of the leading men in action on the set of Indiana
Jones 4 are a fact!
A close-up from the first photo of Ford & LaBeouf together on set.
The credit goes to 'Just Jared' who
has published photos on their website in which we see Harrison Ford and
Shia LaBeouf dressed in character and ready for action.
But before you go to 'Just Jared' to
view the photos I must warn you that they reveal much about Shia
LaBeouf's character. Some rumors/spoilers are now confirmed. But not
And out of respect for the fans who
are trying to avoid spoilers at all cost; the image here above is only
a non-revealing close up of one of these photos. Only added to this
article as it's a nice close-up of Harrison Ford. He is definately
still lookig good for this film!
Do the Indy 4 filmmakers a
favor and don't visit Just Jared to view the photos! And otherwise;
BEWARE because they contain SPOILERS!
You have been warned.
Indiana Jones 4
in New Haven: Day 2
30/06/07, 1:46pm EST
back with a report from the second day of filming Indiana
4 on the streets of New Haven!
Indy IV in New Haven Day 2
Well, today was interesting in New
Haven for many reasons.
I did a solo today, as the kids have
been totally turned off to movie making - I believe that they think it
is up there with watching paint dry (extremely expensive paint - but
boring nonetheless). I watched huge trucks and cranes, setting up
lights. I saw the trucks marked Panavision unload equipment and was
still pinching myself that these city streets were the
same ones I grew up on and used to argue with my friends on what would
make a great movie, never thinking I would watch the making of one take
place in front of me. A film made by one of the industry's legendary
directors and one of its biggest stars, nonetheless. If you have read
my other blogs, you will know by now that I have a special spot for the
town I grew up in. I always saw it as diamond in the rough, a well kept
secret that out-of-towners never really noticed.
Now, I know I mentioned that my kids
found it all boring, but I grew up watching those nerdy "making of"
documentaries. The ones where they would show the model makers move the
AT-AT Walkers in The Empire Strikes Back, or the mine car chase
in Temple of Doom, one frame at a time - again and
again. Months of work for 7 seconds on screen - that was always an
example of true professional craftsman and patience beyond imagination.
It still doesn't change watching Indy IV being put together. I
asked a cameraman if those were digital cameras they were loading and
he said no it was real film - and only about 4 minutes of it in the
canister. I found that simply astounding! Maybe this a little redundant
to any film experts out there, but watching them load the cameras - I
must admit I was floored. When you watch all the preparation, the labor
force involved, the attention to detail, the hours of takes and
retakes, to see it all done for such a brief snippet of time - FOUR
MINUTES - it's no wonder that it takes take after take, months, and
years to produce a film! So when you watch a film being made and think
it looks easy - you are sadly mistaken!
Today was nicer in New Haven, the
weather was cooler, even a bit cloudy, but everyone seemed to get used
to having the Indy IV film in town, and traffic - both
vehicular and pedestrian flowed smoothly. Chapel Street still had more
detailing to the shops, such as gumball machines, shoe shine stands,
and pamphlets posted all over, giving it a more authentic feel as the
town where the 1957 Marshall College is located.
Old cars went up and down College
Street, nothing new. I was hoping that it wasn't going to be a
dullfest, as the kids had experienced the day before, and after an hour
I was heading home. On the way back to my car, I saw a bunch of folks
gathered around and asked what was happening and they said that
Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg were there. But it really looked
like a lot of trucks, cables, lights, and folks hanging around drinking
coffee at the food tents. Then everyone was pointing at the food tent
and sure enough there was the star of the film! Everyone was
chattering, "he looks taller than I thought", "I have to call my
wife/husband/kids", "where's my camera". But after a few seconds, he
headed off down the street. People were still buzzing, amazed that one
of the most successful stars in movie history had just walked by. I
started talking with a tall fellow who was watching the excitement and
we both agreed it was cool. We started to chat, he told me he was from
Boston and in town for the summer - and how he came down to see the
action. We walked and talked and turned the corner and stopped in our
tracks to see Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford - wow that
was cool times two. Like tourists' kids at Disney World who just bumped
into Mickey and Donald, we took out our cameras. This was really cool,
I thought, wait until I tell the kids, they missed it, and I really did
see the real Indiana Jones /Han Solo and the man who made E.T..
Then I realized that everyone was
dressed in 50s clothes around us, and we weren't.
Hmm, that was strange, I hadn't seen
all those extras before, and where were all the people we were just
standing around a second ago. I may be a little slow on the uptake, but
as my old boss used to say, even a blind squirrel finds the occasional
nut. And at that moment, I felt really, embarrassed. It was one of
those moments in life that you slowly look around and realize that you
just did something was not right. I turned to this new acquaintance and
said, "did we take a wrong turn", and before I could get an answer we
found out that we did.
Now, at this point in the story, I
have to say that all of this blog writing, and reports, have been a
great way to share all the excitement happening in New Haven and what a
time it has been watching all of this take place. It has introduced me
to a huge network of fellow fans, from all walks of like, ages and
around the world! Truly, this has been an amazing experience, in just a
matter of weeks. As a Marketing Director, I am also
well aware of the influence and reach of communication, and have been
careful not to reveal anything that would ruin the surprise that awaits
fans next May when the go see Indy IV on the big screen. It
would be like waiting for a Christmas present for 17 years and have
your friend tell you what you are getting months before you open the
package - it takes the fun out of it.
The foolishness of leaking storylines only hurts the fans in the end.
How mad would you be to know that Luke Skywalker's father was Darth
Vader a year before you saw the movie - pretty disappointed, huh?
Further, after reading the emails
and comments that I have received, it has been a really eye-opener to
see the devotion folks have for these films, to many it is a huge part
of their life, similar to Star Trek and Star Wars fans
(no offense, to anyone). I always considered myself a big Indy fan, I
remember going to see the films fondly, but its not my life - I also
like the Yankees, Giants, blues and jazz, the works of Saul Bellow,
Raymond Carver and John Steinbeck and more than anything else, spending
time with my family. What I have seen from others is far beyond my few
posters and trinkets.
I say all this in this blog,
because, after I walked away from the street where they were filming,
myself and the gentleman I met, were asked to delete the pictures we
took, which we fully complied with, immediately.
Feeling foolish and realizing how difficult it must be for the
production crew on location. For every honest mistake, like ours, there
must be a constant set of bozos interrupting them. Hopefully, I am not
in that category now - Look gang, the production company is there to
work. End of story. You wouldn't want someone walking in to your place
of work and interrupting you all day. They are professionals at work
and should be treated with respect. We all enjoy the final product, so
let the craftsman work, and don't get in the way!
Afterwards when we left, we talked
to each other realizing how foolish we felt. It was then that my friend
called and said the local news crew was looking to do a feature on
local fans who had come down to the filming. We waited for the reporter
and when he came up he asked us a bunch of questions and asked if we
had any stories, if we had seen anyone famous, etc. We went on to talk
about what a huge thrill it was to be in New Haven, and see all this,
the old cars, the 1950's storefronts, the fellow fans, and how we had
seen some big names.
Do you know what they used to tell
that story on the news that evening? How we were told to delete our
None of the good stuff, the
positive, just the negative was there. Whenever I conducted print
interviews at my job, I always asked for a final review before it hit
print - to make sure I wasn't taken out of context. What was used that
evening on the news was exactly what I didn't want to see - instead of
Indy fans rejoice - it was Indy fans bitch about deleted photos.
If you watch the link on WTNH.com
and look at the Day 2 filming story, you can see that I wasn't even
aware we were really taping, as I casually leaned on the wall,
expecting that it was a just a run-through of the questions. I talked
about the importance of set secrecy - and why film companies need to
protect themselves - and they blended it all together with my glib
To say that Day 2 was not what I
thought it was going to be - is an understatement.
Special thanks to Mitchell
Hallock for for this set report.