In an article which talks about Sean Connery turning down a role in the fourth Indiana Jones film, the Guardian mentions that the official working title of the flick is Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods. This backs up a ton of rumors that have been swirling around lately, all of which have been suggesting that same title. Not only that, but the Las Cruces Sun-News reportsIndy 4 will be shooting some scenes in Deming, New Mexico, with some parts outside Deming being dressed up to pass as Morocco. Additionally, a building located at the former air strip in Deming has been painted blue, with a USAF insignia and "Home Of The Fighter Pilot" painted on an outside wall.
Now, if you plug "Home Of The Fighter Pilot" into Google, you'll notice that the phrase (or slogan) is associated with Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Nellis, for those who do not know, is only a hop, skip and a jump away from -- you guessed it -- Area 51. So what does it all mean? Well, for starters, those rumors suggesting that the plot will have something to do with an alien conspiracy don't seem so far off (which means certain aspects of Frank Darabont's original Indy 4 script are still being used), although if I were to guess, Indy won't spend a ton of time hunting down aliens; if anything, activities going on at Nellis (and the surrounding area) will serve as a minor plot point which leads to a much greater truth ... or, in this case, the City of the Gods.
In related news (and as an open casting call takes place in New Haven, CT), IGN reports that John Hurt (who was recently cast) might be playing Albert Einstein in the film. However, as they point out, Einstein died in 1955 and Indy 4 is apparently set in 1957. Hmm, perhaps Einstein's so-called "death" is all part of the plot? We'll keep you updated on any further developments; Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods (working title) is scheduled to be released on May 22, 2008.