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Indiana Jones 4

Status:
Announced

Release Date:
2 February 2007

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures
Lucasfilm Ltd.
Amblin Entertainment

Distributors
Paramount Pictures
United International Pictures (UIP) GmbH (Germany)

Special Effects
Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)

Special Effects
Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)

Genre
Action / Adventure

Plot outline
Plot unknown.

Scarlett Set for 'Indiana Jones 4'?
Harrison Ford is set for a new sidekick when he returns to the big screen as Indiana Jones - in the shape of actress Scarlett Johansson. Tom Cruise has been championing the Oscar nominee for a part in pal Steven Spielberg's fourth Indiana Jones movie as the pair work together on Armageddon drama War of the Worlds. Cruise has been working with Johansson on the third Mission: Impossible movie and he's convinced she'll be perfect for the new Jones film, according to Australia's NW Magazine. An insider says, "Steven was saying there is a shortage of young actresses who can carry off a strong role. He considered Natalie Portman, but she's too connected with Star Wars - Tom suggested Scarlett."

'Indy 4' Still a Go, Says Ford
Asked by the Internet website IESB.net whether Indiana Jones 4 will ever be made, Harrison Ford replied, "No doubt about it." Button-holed at a charity event for Amnesty International, Ford was asked about reports that a younger actor might replace him in the role. "No problem with a younger actor taking on Indiana Jones, but Indy 4 is mine," he responded. As to whether Sean Connery would appear in the next sequel, he remarked, "He says that he is now retired, so I don't know." Ford dodged a question about whether he was happy with the script, saying only "I hear that [producer] George Lucas is happy with the way the new draft is turning out."

'Indiana Jones IV' Back On
George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have hired a new scriptwriter to help them revive plans for a fourth Indiana Jones movie. The pair hoped to begin work on the sequel this summer but have rejected all scripts offered to them - including a screenplay by Shawshank Redemption and Green Mile writer Frank Darabont. But they are refusing to give up the project they have planned for the last decade - and hired Jeff Nathanson to try his hand at a screenplay. Nathanson is most famous for writing the Rush Hour films, but has worked with Spielberg on Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal. If Lucas and Spielberg approve, Harrison Ford will return to play the adventurous archeologist for the first time since Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade in 1989.

New Script in the Works for 'Indy 4'
Variety reports that the long-gestating Indiana Jones 4 is getting yet another jump-start, as George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have hired Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can) to take a crack at the script for the sequel. Most recently, the film was kyboshed by both Lucas and Spielberg, and Harrison Ford as well, when a script by Frank Darabont failed to excite them, and Paramount called off a summer production start. But don't expect immediate results, for even if Nathanson's work turns out to excite the participants, Spielberg is committed to War of the Worlds right now and Ford is prepping to shoot The Wrong Element.

Lucas Keeps Indiana Jones Fans Waiting
Hollywood director George Lucas is refusing to rush pre-production work on the fourth installment of his Indiana Jones franchise - because he'll only set cameras rolling when the script is "really good". The eagerly awaited return of the adventurous archaeologist - played by Harrison Ford in all three previous releases - has already been delayed after Lucas reportedly rejected The Shawshank Redemption film-maker Frank Darabont's script. But the Star Wars legend insists a new writer is now on board to fine tune the plot. And Lucas and director Steven Spielberg are in no hurry to start shooting the movie, because their perfectionist approach to movie-making means the fourth Jones will only hit cinema screens when it's deemed good enough to do the series justice. He tells website EmpireOnline.co.uk, "We are working on the next script. Another writer has started working on it. We're just not going to make it unless it's really good. One of the reasons I'm able to work with Steven so well is because every time we come to a disagreement we'll yield to the other one, which means we'll come up with a compromise that considers both sides, and one person isn't determined to have his way. It's what's best for the movie."

'Indiana Jones 4' Stalled Over Script Concerns
The eagerly awaiting new Indiana Jones movie won't be released for another two years, because producer George Lucas isn't happy with the script. Indiana Jones 4 has been in the works for a number of years but looked likely to hit screens next year after Lucas recruited star Harrison Ford and original director Steven Spielberg for the project, and hired Frank Darabont to write a screenplay. But Lucas has sent the Shawshank Redemption writer back to the drawing board. A studio source reveals, "Indiana Jones 4 was meant to start shooting this summer but won't now be coming out until 2006. Even though Harrison and director Steven Spielberg were happy with the screenplay, Lucas still doesn't like the final act and wants a faster pace and more action."

'Indy 4' Faces Script Delay
Legendary film-maker George Lucas is delaying the filming of the long- awaited Indiana Jones 4 - because he's unhappy with the script. The Star Wars director, who's acting as executive producer alongside director Steven Spielberg, is allegedly dissatisfied with the screenplay handed in by Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont. And it now seems the sequel's projected 2005 release date is unlikely to be met, with shooting on the Harrison Ford-starring movie now likely to start next year instead.

Karmazin Supports Paramount Execs
Viacom President and COO Mel Karmazin gave Paramount CEO Sherry Lansing and Viacom Entertainment Chairman Jonathan Dolgen his strong backing Tuesday despite the studio's poor performance at the box office this year. Referring to Paramount's "terrific management," Karmazin told a conference in New York Monday, "Have they been on a cold streak lately? Yeah. Is it profitable? Absolutely. Would we like them to make more money? Yes." He then added: "I don't think there is anything broken that a few hit films wouldn't fix." He said that he plans to meet with the Paramount execs next Tuesday to discuss their planned releases for 2005, which include the first SpongeBob SquarePants movie and a new Indiana Jones sequel.

Producer Says 'Indy 4' Will Not Rely on CGI
Indiana Jones producer Frank Marshall is determined to shun the current trends in movie making - insisting the upcoming fourth installment of the hit franchise will avoid using computer effects. Frank is adamant the sequel to the hit Harrison Ford adventure franchise will retain the tradition of its classic forerunners by utilizing real stunt work instead of high-tech graphics, giving it the feel of a B-movie. He says, "We didn't have computer effects in those days, we couldn't easily erase things and I think one of the unfortunate by-products of the computer age is that it makes filmmakers lazy. You become more creative when you have to hide ramps with a tree rather than erase it later as you can today. In Raiders Of The Lost Ark, that's a real ball rolling behind him so Harrison really is in some danger running in front of that; these are real situations and that adds to the excitement and the creative energy on the set. When you start getting into computers you get fantastical situations like in The Matrix or movies like that. We don't want that, we want exciting heroism, we want seat-of-your-pants, skin-of-your-teeth action. We didn't have all the money in the world on the first films and we want to keep that B-movie feel. We want to make Indiana Jones 4 like we made the first three."

New Indiana Jones Movie To Sport Few Special Effects
Producer Frank Marshall has told the U.K. website Empire Online that he hopes to keep a "B-movie feel" about Indiana Jones 4, due to start filming next year and open in theaters on the July 4th holiday in 2005. Marshall said that he expects to avoid loading the film with computer effects. "One of the things I enjoy about these movies is that they do recall the old cliffhanger serials of the '30s and '40s," said Marshall. "We didn't have computer effects in those days, we couldn't easily erase things and I think one of the unfortunate by-products of the computer age is that it makes filmmakers lazy. You become more creative. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, that's a real ball rolling behind him so Harrison really is in some danger running in front of that; these are real situations and that adds to the excitement and the creative energy on the set."

Directed by
Steven Spielberg

Writers
George Lucas Characters
George Lucas Story
Jeff Nathanson Screenplay

Producers
George Lucas ... executive producer
Frank Marshall ... producer

Cast - in credits order
Harrison Ford ... Indiana Jones

Original Music
John Williams

Cinematographers
Janusz Kaminski

Editors
Michael Kahn

Production Designers
Rick Carter

Second Unit Directors or Assistant Directors
Frank Marshall ... second unit director
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan ... first assistant director

Trivia
By 3 June 2003, Frank Darabont's script was being reported as being complete.

The production crew stated that the film would be shot the same way as the previous three - with stunt men, rather than computer generated effects.

M. Night Shyamalan and Tom Stoppard were each asked to pen a draft of the screenplay.

"Indiana Jones and The Lost Continent" is the title of one of the possible scripts being considered.

As of April 2004, the project has been officially shelved once more after George Lucas rejected the script by Frank Darabont earlier. Reportedly, Lucas did not like Darabont's handling of the storyline between Indy and his brother (both Indy's father played by Sean Connery and brother, a role for which Kevin Costner was rumored to be considered, were to have roles in the new movie). In media reports Frank Darabont indicated he was "disappointed" with the decision.

At one point, Calista Flockhart was attached to the project.


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