Your Daily Rumors: Indiana Jones Series Getting 3D Treatment, Disney Dumping Keith Richards From Pirates 4
Posted on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
UPDATE: One LucasFilm source says this rumor is completely false, and that the company is only focused on producing 3D versions of Star Wars films right now. Original article follows.
With Lucasfilm revealing that the Star Wars movies will be converted to 3D for a six-year release pattern starting in 2012, it’s only natural that rumors would breed of the Indiana Jones films getting a similar treatment. The rumor du jour is that next month we’ll get an official release from LucasFilm about the 3D conversion and eventual release pattern for the four Indy films, starting with Raiders of the Lost Ark. (What, they’re not going in chronological story order?)
Blue Sky Disney is bringing this rumor to the people, but doesn’t cite any sources. And I’m not sure how much control Lucasfilm actually has over the Indy films, but if Paramount wanted 3D versions made, LucasFilm would handle the gruntwork. So it’s likely all the same in the long run. More to the point, while George Lucas is on board with converting old films to 3D, has Indy director Steven Spielberg really been bitten by the bug? I can see him being interested in it, but given that the Indy films were all about returning to the glory days of adventure serials this would be a move very much at odds with the original spirit of the films.
After the break, an even better rumor: supposedly Disney is thinking of cutting Keith Richards from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides because *gasp!* he used drugs.
This report comes from The Drudge Report, so take it with as much skepticism as you can muster. The problem isn’t the fact that someone at Disney suddenly realized that the Rolling Stones guitarist talked about snorting his father’s ashes or that he was part of a documentary that depicted drug use on screen.
No, the problem is reportedly the new book from Keith Richards, Life, which essentially says that if you’re going to do drugs, you should do really good drugs. Like that’s a revelation. Drudge quotes from the book: “It’s not only the high quality of drugs I had that I attribute my survival to. I was very meticulous about how much I took. I’d never put more in to get a little higher. That’s where most people f**k up on drugs.”
An unnamed source says “They very well could end up cutting Keith out of the new movie over this.” Believe it when Disney comments.