Indiana Jones 4 Video Diary: Indy Arrives!

 Indy Arrives

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
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Indy 4

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.

Indiana Jones 4As 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.

 Spielberg on the set of Indiana Jones 4

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


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First Look: Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones

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.

Shia LaBeouf on Indiana Jones 4 Set

Today is the first day of principal photography on Indiana Jones 4. The film’s official website has posted the following update:

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 Jones and the Last Crusade.

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 producer.

Click here to watch the first video update from the Indiana Jones 4 set. Shia LaBeouf talks about meeting Harrison Ford for the first time, his love for the films, and more. Shia even gets a little choked up talking about Harrison Ford getting into his Indy gear for the first time.

Indiana Jones 4 to film in New Haven

Indiana JonesSo far not much is known about Indiana Jones 4. So when a shooting location is leaked, that all of a sudden becomes huge news. We now know that the production will shoot in New Haven Connecticut next month.

According to The New Haven Register, Steven Spielberg’s crew will be filming a car chase on Chapel between College and High streets for the fourth installment of Indiana Jones. Several merchants who will redress their locations for the film have also confirmed that the film will be set in the 1950s.

Indiana JonesFrank Darabont has written (and directed) some of the best movies of all time: The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. He’s currently in post production on his latest Stephen King adaptation The Mist. The writer has started to speak out about the disasterious experience that was Indiana Jones 4. His comments are sure to anger Star Wars director George Lucas. Darabont, who also worked on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, says that his time working on Indiana Jones 4 “topped the list” of his worst writing experiences of all time.

“It was a tremendous disappointment and a waste of a year,” Darabont told MTV. “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.”

Spielberg had acclaimed the screenplay as the best since Raiders of the Lost Ark. Darabont claims he confronted Lucas directly:

“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.”

Remember the prequels? Remember when Lucas said Empire Strikes Back was the WORST Star Wars movie? Lucas’ sensibilities have been really wrong for twenty years. But here is the kicker, Darabont’s screenplay supposedly dealt with Indy investigating UFOs in the 1950s, after the demise of the Nazi regime. [Update: We have been informed that the accuracy of this claim has been debated.] The script also featured Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) and Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw) in one scene, and it does not have Jones’ son.

So may-be George Lucas was in the right (for once). Remember, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Shia LaBeouf

A couple weeks back it was highly rumored that Shia LaBeouf was in negotiations to be cast as Harrison Ford’s son in Indiana Jones. George Lucas denied it. Shia told us that he hasn’t even heard from the Indiana Jones people. It turns out – He lied.

“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 cameras.”

LaBeouf has been cast in the movie. The official announcement was made today, the same day LaBeouf’s movie Disturbia hits theaters. Coinicidence? We think not. Steven Spielberg was also involved in that other film and I’m sure Shia’s agent made a deal for the announcement to be made today, to help publicize his client’s latest movie. Call my cynical, but it sounds realistic.

Production on Indiana Jones 4 begins in June. The film is scheduled for a May 22nd, 2008 release.

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indy4med2.jpgGeorge Lucas says Harrison Ford will play his age in the upcoming Indiana Jones 4:

“He’s not running in any of the movies,” Lucas told USA Today. “He’s either on a 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 plans on having the first trailer in theaters for Thanksgiving. But we wonder what movie the trailer could possibly be attached to? Disney’s modern day princess story Enchanted? The Weinstein Co’s Stephen King adaptation The Mist? Neither sound likely. I bet the trailer will hit theaters one week earlier attached to Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf. And isn’t that a Paramount Picture?
The filmmaker hopes to keep the movie’s official title under wraps until then. He also was very tight lipped about the filming locations, but teased that one will include a waterfall.

On the possibility of Indy’s father, Sean Connery, returning for another round, george says, “We’re still trying.”

On the casting of Cate Blanchett:

“That’s who my director wanted, and I always bow to the wishes of my director,” Lucas said. “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!'”

Indiana Jones 4 Poster by Paul Shipper.