This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, which first hit theaters on June 12, 1981. There are lots of obvious ways to celebrate that anniversary (I’m sure Paramount would suggest going to see Super 8) but here’s a less obvious one. Check out the screen test for a version of Indiana Jones that never came to be. Tom Selleck tested for the role (playing opposite Sean Young, in the role of Marion) and was offered the part, but when his Magnum, P.I. contract prevented him from doing the movie, the lanky actor lost the role (obviously) to Harrison Ford. The screen test is available on the web, and if you’ve never seen it you should hit the jump to check out alterna-Indy. Read More »

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Rumors of an Indiana Jones 5 have been cropping up for quite some time now, since before Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull even opened. And yet, to the relief of fans who disliked Crystal Skull, plans for another Indy adventure still haven’t quite gelled after three years.

Well, disappointed fans, enjoy your bliss while it lasts. If Shia LaBeouf is to be believed, our Indy-free days may be coming to an end soon. According to the Crystal Skull star, a fifth Indiana Jones isn’t “so far off” — though LaBeouf’s rationale for saying so might be. Read more after the jump.

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Ask a film fan who did concept art for Star Wars and they’ll immediately say “Ralph McQuarrie.” McQuarrie’s images have become a thing of legend, even spawning their own niche of Star Wars merchandise. Ask the same question about another major Lucasfilm franchise however – Indiana Jones – and it will probably be met with silence.

The answer to the question of who is most directly responsible for the look of Indiana Jones, besides George Lucas of course, is Jim Steranko. In 1979, the legendary comic book artist, probably best known for designing the now familiar look of S.H.I.E.L.D. super agent Nick Fury, was commissioned to do four paintings of the bullwhip toting archeologist with specific instructions from Lucas himself. The images, and story behind them, are in The Complete Making of Indiana Jones by J.W. Rinzler, but they’ve now found their way online. You see one image above, but there are more after the break and it’s because of these paintings that the Indiana Jones we know and love looked the way he did. Read More »

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Vermont-based cartoonist Chuck Forsman created a EC Segar Popeye comic strip-stylized retelling of Raiders of the Lost Ark. He is selling prints of the strip for $20 on The Oily Boutique. Hit the jump to get a better look at the art.
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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. Read More »

Chop Shop has a new t-shirt designed by Timo Meyer which takes 22 classic 80’s films reduced to symbols and arranged into the form of an eight. Hit the jump to see the full design in larger resolution. T-shirts are available for $20 on ChopShopStore.com.
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