Paramount Pictures has announced a detailed scheduling for the planned Thursday, July 26th 1:30pm Comic-Con panel. Here is the rundown thanks to ROS:
- Transformers – taped message from Michael Bay
- Hot Rod – Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone present
- Stardust – Neil Gaiman present
- Beowulf – Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary present
- Sweeney Todd – mini poster reveal
- Spiderwick Chronicles - Mark Waters, Holly Black, Phil Tippet and Tony Tetzelli present. Page to screen presentation.
- Drillbit Taylor – taped message from Judd Apatow intro of new trailer
- Iron Man – taped greeting and throw to Marvel panel on Saturday
- Indiana Jones 4 – satellite from set
- Star Trek 11 – JJ Abrams, Damon Lindeloff, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman
Looks like there will be some fun stuff is in store for those in attendance. I’m most looking forward to the Drillbit Taylor trailer, Indiana Jones 4 satallite segment, and the Star Trek presentation. I’m sure JJ will be forced to field a bunch of questions regarding Cloverfield, even though it’s not on the schedule. And before you ask, Paramount and Universal have set up a Saturday panel to focus on Iron Man and Incredible Hulk.
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Earlier today we reported a rumor [via IESB] that Indiana Jones 4 star Shia LaBeouf had signed a contract which included options for three more Indiana Jones sequels. The rumor turns out to be false.
“That’s purely a rumor,” John Singh, Director of Publicity for Lucasfilm. Ltd told MTV News. “Idle chatter among Internet fans.”
So there you have it, rumor killed.
Steven Spielberg is currently hard at work filming Indiana Jones 4. Could Indiana Jones 5, 6, and 7 be far behind? I kid you not. IESB is reporting that Shia LaBeouf, who plays Indy’s son in the fourth adventure, signed a contract which gives Paramount the option to bring LaBeouf back for three sequels.
I’m assuming that Paramount hopes to continue the franchise after star Harrison Ford retires from action. So is the studio hoping that Shia can carry on the franchise as Indiana Jones Jr? (And since it was revealed that Indiana Jones is actually a Jr., would that make Shia Indiana Jones The Third?) I love LaBeouf. He has never done me wrong in the past. I’m sure he’ll be perfect as the sidekick/son character in this film, but could he become the next Indy?
The site also reports that the City of Gods working title may actually be referring to the aliens (as gods). Let’s hope not.
The newest Indiana Jones 4 Video diary features the first official epic footage of Harrison Ford back in his Indy gear. We see Harrison shooting a scene, and in between takes joking around with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. I hope these video diaries will become more frequent and feature more substance and less tease. Check out the video after the jump or on IndianaJones.com.
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AICN reports a new huge Indiana Jones 4 rumor, which if true, might be a great way to wrap up the series. See, the idea is to go back to the beginning. We know that Marion Ravenwood is in it. We also know that she had a kid with Indy (Shia?). And now we learn that John Hurt could be playing Abner Ravenwood. You know, Marion’s long lost father. You know, Indy’s mentor. The guy everyone thought to be dead in his pursuit of the Ark. The Ark? What does that have to do with this film? possibly everything. The new theory is that Indy is not going after Atlantis, a Spear of Destiny, or any other silly quest. He’s going back to the beginning – The Ark. Last we saw the Ark was in that huge warehouse. We know that Indy is supposedly filming some scenes in Groom Lake (aka Area 51). Where better to hide the Ark than Area 51? In this new theory the Russians are trying to find it to one-up the US military. It’s an interesting theory, however, I’m not sure where that could bring the adventure. One thing is for sure, it would be a great way to wrap-up the series. Hardcore fans will know that technically Raiders is Episode II in the Indy saga, but we’ll forget that. For some reason I want to buy this theory, but I don’t think it’s likely.
As we’ve previously reported, Yale University in New Haven Connecticut has been the site of some of the first film production on Indiana Jones 4. The New York Observer reports that the chase sequence will occur near the start of the film, which makes sense considering Jones is usually far away from his teaching gig come the second act.
One of the college students who was cast as an extra filed this minor-spoiler filled report:
“It’s the opening scene of the movie,” he explained. “[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.”
IGN reports that “Communists take the place of Nazis as the main group of villains in Indy’s latest adventure, tentatively titled Indiana Jones and the City of Gods. Something big – really big – has come up in the world of archaeology, and both “our side” and “their side” want to apply Indy’s expertise to the problem.”
You can check out a ton of photos from the set of 1950′s New Haven at the unofficial Indy 4 blog.
Paramount has released video footage of the first day of principal photography on Indiana Jones 4. Spielberg toasts the start of production and sets up a car chase sequence. The coolest part is seeing George Lucas and Steven Spielberg riding in the period car. Check out the video at IndianaJones.com.
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Some photographer named Steven Spielberg (ever hear of him? Nah, me neither) has taken the first photo of Harrison Ford in full costume on the set of Indiana Jones 4. Very cool. Harrison looks a little older for wear, which is something I’m sure they’ll play up in the film.