As I said just the other day, before the actual movie comes out, a lot of us are going to know way too much about Indiana Jones 4. If you are one of those who don't want to know possible plot spoilers, you should definitely stop reading right now. Even though the following is just a rumor, it could be true. And just the chance that it could be true might have you thinking about it for the next year or so.
According to Quint at Aint it Cool News, two separate sources have revealed that the next movie brings the franchise full circle by returning focus to the Ark of the Covenant. Yes, just like in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indy will be searching for the Ark, but this time he will be saving it from the hands of the Russians rather than the Nazis (remember, this film takes place in the '50s). Also mentioned is the connectable tidbit that John Hurt is playing Abner Ravenwood, who is referenced in Raiders as Marion's father, who had supposedly died while searching for the Ark. Now, I'm really disappointed Sean Connery isn't doing this; we could have had both of Shia LaBeouf's character's grandfathers in the same movie. I don't know why that would be interesting, but wouldn't it be?
So, never mind that chronologically the next Indiana Jones movie doesn't bookend with Raiders. Why not have him go after those rocks from the Temple of Doomagain? (Besides the fact that that would suck). Anyway, Quint doesn't really think this could be the actual plot, and he claims to have other sources giving him other information. Personally, I'm hoping for the Chariots of the Godsstoryline that we've heard about in the past. I liked imagining Indiana Jones and the Close Encounters of the Third Kind. This new plot rumor sounds more like Raiders of the Lost Ark II, which goes completely against what I love about the franchise -- that each adventure is pretty much a stand-alone story. We must remember how disappointing and redundant Spielberg'slast sequel was (and that it was also written by David Koepp), so maybe this one could be somewhat of a retread. Or, it could be all about Indy's search for The Great White Pyramid. Hopefully we'll keep getting more of these rumors so that we have no idea which one to believe and then can still be surprised come Memorial Day 2008.