Was anyone else a little weirded out watching George Lucas at the beginning of yesterday's Rose Bowl? My little sister's boyfriend turned to me and said, "Wait, is that George Lucas? What the hell is he doing there?" Something tells me a lot of people said the same exact thing during the coin toss (although most probably did not know he was this year's Grand Marshal). All that aside, the trade's officially confirmed today that what we've been hearing about Indiana Jones 4 is indeed true -- yes, the project is a go and production will kick off this June.
After much consideration and fine-tuning of the script, Steven Spielberg has chosen Indy 4 as his next directorial assignment, and a 64 year-old Harrison Ford will reprise the role of Indiana Jones for a fourth (and final?) time. Says Spielberg, "George, Harrison and I are all very excited. We feel that the script was well worth the wait. We hope it delivers everything you'd expect from our history with Indiana Jones." Okay, I'll tell you what we expect Steve -- we expect you to not let Lucas ruin this thing with tons of fancy, digital special effects. We expect you to give us a fourth installment that remains true to the look and feel of the other three, regardless of when they were shot and what was available at the time.
Currently there's no title, casting or plot information, but based on what's been said before, there's a good chance Sean Connery will make an appearance and the story will have some sort of supernatural theme. Spielberg, Lucas and friends will be working off David Koepp's version of the script and shooting will take place within the U.S. as well as around the world. Though an official release date was not announced, all signs point toward May 2008, which means Indy 4 will be going up against Iron Man,Prince Caspian and the Wachowski Brothers' Speed Racer. Sweet!
So, you stoked or what?