July 6, 2000
As previously reported, M. Night Shyamalan is likely to be
writing the script for Indiana Jones 4 after he wraps
Unbreakable. Given that, when is the film actually going
to be made? While talking to EW Online, Harrison Ford's manager
is quoted as saying, "As soon as a script gets done, they'll
do it. That could be 2002."
Still, don't get your hopes up yet, as Steven Spielberg's
spokesperson Marvin Levy adds, "Steven's got AI, George
[has] Star Wars. Do the math. We could be lookin' at 2007, but
your guess is as good as mine."
June 22, 2000
It looks like the seemingly stalled Indiana Jones 4
project is finally heating back up again with word that The
Sixth Sense writer-director M. Night Shyamalan is in talks
to write the film's script. According to Variety, Steven
Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford sought out Shyamalan
to write the film's script. Though no deal is signed as yet,
word has it that Shyamalan will begin writing after he wraps
the currently in production Unbreakable. Plans are to
start shooting the eagerly anticipated sequel in 2002.
February 16, 2000
It sure sounds like Harrison Ford is ready to do another
Indiana Jones movie
or at least as ready as hes willing
to admit at this point. According to the New York Posts
Page Six gossip column, while participating in a recent taping
of the Bravo cable networks Inside Actors Studio program,
Ford was asked about if there would be an Indy 4. Ford
is said to have replied, "Yeah
I say that only because
I want it to happen. This is no announcement. We're waiting for
a script everyone is happy with, and George [Lucas] is busy elsewhere.
Very little progress has been made, but Steven [Spielberg] and
I are ready."
November 23, 1999
Its really hard to tell if Harrison Ford actually wants
to reprise the role of Indiana Jones for a fourth film or not.
Recent quotes from the actor seem to suggest that hes leaning
towards not doing it right now.
According to the U.K.s Film Unlimited website, Ford
was recently interviewed in Britain and Brazil (boy, does that
guy get around). In Brazil, when asked about playing the role
again, Ford is stiltedly quoted as saying, "I am sure that
I could never play Indiana Jones again. He is in the past of
my career. Today I feel closer to characters like Jack Ryan (Patriot
Games, Clear and Present Danger) than Han Solo and
Then, in an interview on Britains Big Breakfast program,
Ford seems a little more upbeat on the possibility, saying, "Steven
(Spielberg) and George (Lucas) will not be available until 2005.
I don't know whether I'll be fit or interested at that point,
but I hope it could happen before that."
October 21, 1999
It seems as if every other day finds Steven Spielberg, George
Lucas or Harrison Ford saying theyre ready to take on Indiana
Jones 4 pending some small detail. So, whats the deal
with this eagerly anticipated project? It sounds like at least
one of the three is a tad bit nervous about bringing Indy back
for one more go around.
More details of the potential project are coming out courtesy
of the interviews recently shot for the new Indiana Jones video
releases. According to the Hollywood Reporter, in one of the
interviews, George Lucas reveals, "We have a script; it's
all finished," something he has already said publicly. Also,
as previously reported, Ford says hes game as long as the
script is right.
So, hows the script? Its impossible to say, obviously,
having not read it, but a comment by Spielberg may shed some
light on what his opinion is of it at this point, perhaps even
echoing the two others. Spielberg says, "We're being a little
more prejudicial. We don't want the fourth Indiana Jones movie
to leave a bad taste in anyone's mouth."
Having said that, the trade reports that the last and only
thing that is actually holding this production back is an agreement
by Ford and Spielberg on a script. Since all three are likely
to work this out, Indy 4 could happen sooner than we think
or will it?
October 18, 1999
It seems as if wherever Harrison Ford appears, someones
just gotta ask the guy about another Indiana Jones movie. A reader
going by the name of Amedeo checked in with info
about a recent appearance by Ford on Italian television. Heres
what he/she reports:
"This week Harrison Ford is in Italy to promote his last
movie: Random Hearts. This evening was guest to
one of the most important Italian newscasts, Tg1 on the national
channel Rai1. Besides varied questions on the movie and on the
fact that he is considered the sexiest man in the world, the
journalist has asked to him: And now let's speak of Indiana
Jones, one of the most beloved films of every time, Will You
Return Again To Wear Its Hat ?, Harrison, after a laughter,
has explained: I would like a lot to return in the cloths
of Indiana Jones if I had a good script as in past. We have had
a lot of fun in realize the movies and the public too. In more
I would like to work again with Steven Spielberg, I would reenter
again gladly in the hat of Indiana Jones. His face seemed
really had fun and sincere while he was speaking of Indy but
in the discourse, my personal opinion is that the conditional
was present heavily!!!
October 14, 1999
The folks over at Lucasfilm have launched the official Indiana
Jones website. At this time, it primarily features material
related to the release of the so-called Indiana Jones
Chronicles videos. Still, given that this is official,
this is likely to be the place that will eventually be used to
promote the forever in pre-development Indiana Jones
September 17, 1999
While speaking with writer/director Frank Darabont about his
upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's The Green Mile,
Cinescape magazine editor Steve Hockensmith was able to slip
in a question about Indiana Jones 4. Though rumors have
swirled on the 'net that Darabont would step in to pen a screenplay
or rewrite someone else's script, the Young Indiana Jones
veteran says he has no official connection to the long-in-development
"The truth is, I've never been asked," Darabont
revealed. "Though if they did ask, I'd be interested. I
love the Indiana Jones series."
Darabont also offered a little commentary on the source of
the Indy 4 rumors: "God bless the Internet, because
if you search long enough you'll find all kinds of [garbage].
You'll find [someone claiming], 'Frank Darabont had monkeys fly
out of his butt this morning!'"
Hockensmith also spoke to Darabont about Doc Savage,
With Wings as Eagles and the director's post-Green
Mile production slate. Look for updates on those projects
next week. There will be no items, however, on flying monkeys
or Mr. Darabont's posterior.
September 16, 1999
Regular contributor Stax has checked in with some
info he just happened to catch on the tube about Indy 4.
Harrison Ford, once again, has been asked about his potential
participation in the fourth Indiana Jones film. During
last nights Entertainment Tonight program, it was reported
that the actor is ready to go if "he likes the script."
Regarding the age question, Ford, who is 57, is quoted as saying,
"I'm still fit enough to fake it. It's all smoke and mirrors
anyway." (Thanks to STAX for the info!)
September 1, 1999
It sounds like Steven Spielberg is getting tired of being asked
about Indiana Jones 4, that movie that will be made
eventually. While talking to the Popcorn website, Spielberg kidded
about the project saying, "It's coming slowly. Harrison
and I think we'll still be walking by the time we're ready to
shoot it." You can hear him say it for himself by clicking
here and following the link.
July 12, 1999
It appears that Tom Clancy's Sum Of All Fears may be heading
for the same fate as The Cardinal Of The Kremlin, which
Paramount chose to pass on rather than adapt into film. The Calgary
Herald has reported that the studio feels that plot of Fears,
centering around a terrorist attack on Super Bowl Sunday, is
too close for comfort to John Frankenheimer's Black Sunday
and therefore would like to adapt Clancy's Debt of Honor
instead. Regardless, Producer Mace Neufeld is moving forward
with Sum Of All Fears, with Akiva Goldsman currently revising
his script. "If Harrison likes it, then we'll do it towards
the end of the year 2000 or in early 2001," the producer
told the Herald. Should Neufeld's plan of filming in 2000 come
to fruition, any hope that Steven Spielberg might still pull
off his previously estimated Summer 2001 release date for Indiana
Jones 4 would seem to be dashed.
June 7, 1999
While promoting The Phantom Menace, Lucasfilm producer
Rick McCallum once again discussed the future of the Indiana
Jones franchise, revealing the writer of the screenplay that
George Lucas and Steven Spielberg raved about last year. "George
has come up with a great idea. Jeffrey Boam has written a terrific
script," McCallum told Starlog (which refers to the project
as Indiana Jones and the Lost Continent). "The only
thing that's holding us back is getting the schedules of Harrison,
Steven and George clear enough to make the movie."
McCallum adds, "But I do think it will be made in the
not-too-distant future. I don't know if it will be two years
or five years, though, because everybody has so much on their
plate. Obviously, George has Star Wars for the next five
years. Steven has his own company and films he has to do. And
Harrison, I don't even think if we tried to book him now that
[we] could get him until 2003. And this definitely won't be a
May 17, 1999
Some of the Insider's readers will remember just about three
years ago an alleged (and now famous if hard to locate) script
for Indiana Jones 4 surfaced on the Web. Supposedly penned
by Jeffrey Boam (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade),
it was called Sons of Darkness, and it was good enough
that it convinced a number of people that it was the real deal.
To celebrate the third anniversary of his Indy 4 hoax,
screenwriter Robert Smith has posted the first installment of
his Sons of Darkness script. If you are interested in
reading it, follow this link. The Insider was very impressed, and
thinks it could have made a fine fourth Indiana Jones film.
May 14, 1999
It looks like we may all have to wait much longer than we would
like for the fourth Indiana Jones film to actually happen.
While talking to regular Cinescape contributor Cindy Pearlman
for her syndicated column, Lucasfilm producer Rick McCallum shed
more light on the elusive property.
"We finished the script about three years ago. Everybody
loves it," reveals McCallum. This doesnt connect well
with word from Spielberg revealing that he had just written a
script for the film. Still, McCallum does address the reason
the film hasnt moved forward as yet saying what you would
expect, "At the time we finished it, Harrison had two years
worth of commitments. Steven Spielberg was just starting DreamWorks
and George Lucas and I were in the middle of Star Wars."
McCallum also gave a time frame for when we can expect to
actually see the film start saying, "The plan is that in
the next five years, George and I finish Episode II and
Episode III of Star Wars and then we will definitely
do another Indy. Our plan is that viewers can take the 44 hours
we did of the Young Indiana Jones [TV series] where you
watch Indy born in 1899 and then you follow him in the movies
through the end of the 1950s. We see these movies as a chronicle
of the century."
Once again, contrary to what McCallum says, Steven Spielberg
did mention publicly that the next Indiana Jones film
would hit theaters in 2001. I guess well all just have
to wait and see.
May 2, 1999
Cinescape Online reporter Chris Kivlehan asked Rick McCallum
if George Lucas would consider directing an Indiana Jones
movie after completing the Star Wars prequel trilogy to
which McCallum responded that Indiana Jones was Steven
Spielbergs territory and Lucas would not be directing the
fourth Indy film.
"We actually have a great script for Indiana Jones
4," McCallum - who will be producing the movie - went
on to explain. All the principles (Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg,
George Lucas) are very busy and Ford already has commitments
to other projects that span the next two years. Although McCallum
was confident that the movie would become a reality, it probably
wouldnt be within "four to five years" (bittersweet
news to be sure).
In a related development, McCallum told the audience that
The Young Indy television shows will be on video by the
end of the year.
May 1, 1999
While speaking to fans of George Lucas' other trilogy at the
Star Wars Celebration, producer Rick McCallum revealed that he,
himself, would be producer of the upcoming Indiana Jones 4.
February 8, 1999
Bjorns Movie Page site has posted a bit of info regarding
the tentative release date for the next Indiana Jones
film, from Steven Spielberg. Bjorn reports that while talking
to Access Hollywood, Spielberg let out that he hopes to see Indy
4 hit theater screens no later than the summer of 2001. Spielberg
had mentioned a possible 2001 release date previously, but it's
good to see that the highly anticipated project seems to have
a firm place in his schedule just behind Minority Report
and Memoirs Of A Geisha (it's had a way of slipping off
his calendar in the past).
January 28, 1999
Since the rumor mill rarely turns when it comes to the fourth
Indiana Jones movie, and news items are few and far between,
yours truly thought I'd take time out to investigate the latest
buzz that Ewan McGregor's uncle Dennis Lawson (a.k.a. Wedge Antilles
from Star Wars) might take a villain turn in Indy 4.
The actors role had been rumored as being the vengeful
brother of Indy's Raiders of the Lost Ark nemesis Belloq.
While that sounds like fun, not surprisingly, the rumor seems
to be untrue with Lawson's representatives in Britain telling
me that theyve heard "nothing at all" about it.
January 26, 1999
The fan-penned Indy 4 script the Insider has been telling
you about, Indiana Jones and the Sword of Arthur, is now
online if you wish to read it. In an attempt to prevent script
bootleggers from profiting off Indiana Jones fans hopeful
to read about the character's next film adventure, aspiring screenwriter
Michael Prentice has donated the second draft of his Indy
4 spec script to the IndyFan.com website. While Sword
of Arthur is not polished and isn't quite up to the level
of previous Indy film adventures at this point, yours
truly enjoyed delving back into the world of Indiana Jones for
a time by reading it. If you are interested in taking a look
at it yourself, follow this link.
January 25, 1999
When yours truly reported on a possible Indy 4 script
(allegedly written by Jeffrey Boam) floating around called Indiana
Jones and the Sword of Arthur, I promised to do some more
digging to see if it was, in fact, the real thing.
Shortly after running the story, I was contacted by Michael
Prentice, an aspiring screenwriter who claimed that he had written
a script using that title quite some time back. Michael kindly
sent a copy of his screenplay to the Insider's office so that
I could look into the matter, and having read his script I can
now confirm that it is the same Indy 4 that has been synopsised
on the IndyFan website.
Apparently, it would seem that Indiana Jones and the Sword
of Arthur was NOT penned by Jeffrey Boam and will not be
the basis of the fourth Indy film.
January 12, 1999
Despite the fact that the project rarely seems to move forward,
the Insider is well aware of the fact that many of you eagerly
await news and rumors on the fourth installment in the Indiana
Jones franchise. I may have something today that interests
A source of mine says that the next Indy adventure may be
called Indiana Jones and the Sword of Arthur. Here's what
my source had to say about the alleged script:
"I've recently come upon a script called Indiana
Jones and the Sword of Arthur. It was written by Jeffrey
Boam, and the pages are marked "Property of Lucasfilm Ltd"
and "Final Draft". I understand that George Lucas recently
announced that the script for Indy 4 is ready, and the
person who made this script available to me is a very reliable
source. I've yet to crack the pages open for fear of spoiling
the next Indy adventure for myself, but, obviously, the
story must have something to do with Indy's hunt for the blade
Excalibur ... "
Most of the reports I'd been hearing before I got this e-mail
involved Indy and Atlantis in some shape or form, but they were,
of course, even less confirmable than the one you read above.
Could this be the new Indy script? I honestly don't know
... yet. However, the search for King Arthur's invincible sword
is defintely a suitable artifact/story device in the tradition
of the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant -- and much more
intruiging then a quest to find the lost continent could ever
be, IMHO. I'll try to do some more digging on this subject, but
I thought I'd keep you all posted FWIW ...
December 7, 1998
As Indiana Jones fans thirst for details on the development of
Indy's next feature film adventure, my favorite fan site devoted
to globetrotting archaeologist delivers a cool sip of water.
The proprietor of IndyFan.com
managed to get his hands on a plot breakdown for what may have
been a failed Indy script by Jeb Stuart, called Indiana Jones
and the Saucer Men From Mars. If you could use a cool dose
of adventure Indiana Jones-style while development news on the
real deal is sparse, the Insider recommends that clicking here.
November 6, 1998
George Lucas, speaking at the Screen Producers Association
of Australia conference, revealed that the script for Indiana
Jones 4 is finished and waiting for its director and star.
"It really is a matter of Steven Spielberg and Harrison
Fords time frames." Both men currently have a variety
of projects on their slate and, while making public comments
that theyd enjoy filming another chapter, a start date
has yet to be determined. Spielberg has confirmed that the script
also calls for Sean Connery to return as Indys father.
July 10, 1998
Rumors have flown around the Internet rumor sites that Michelle
Yeoh (Tomorrow Never Dies) has signed onto Indy 4.
It's certainly not a bad idea, but as of now, it is only a rumor.
One of the Cinescape staff called to get the official word. A
Lucasfilm representative told our reporter that no actors have
been signed for the project at this point: "We're not in
production on Indiana Jones 4," she said. Not yet,
July 8, 1998
In a recent interview with Cinescape writer Cindy Pearlman, Harrison
Ford responded to questions regarding a reprise of Indiana Jones.
"I would do a sequel in a New York minute," the actor
revealed. "I would love to do that character again. It's
one of my favorites." So IS the actor prepping for another
turn as Indy? His subsequent answers became much more confirmatory.
"I'm also looking forward to working with Sean Connery again.
He makes a great screen dad." Ford's last comment not only
suggests that Indy 4 is on his plate, but seems to confirm
that Connery will be joining him as well -- a fact that the Insider
reported in this space last week.
July 3, 1998
Steven Spielberg, talking with Cinescape contributor Cindy Pearlman,
confirms Cinescape Online's report that Indiana Jones 4
is now well underway. "The Indiana Jones 4 hat is
halfway on my head," Spielberg reveals. "I have the
plot worked out." The director also tells Pearlman, who
published her interview in the Chicago Tribune, that filming
could begin in the summer of 2000 and would include both Harrison
Ford and Sean Connery as we previously reported.
July 2, 1998
ABC's Chicago affiliate, WLS-TV, reported on Thursday afternoon
that Steven Spielberg is now working on a script and shaping
the plot for Indiana Jones 4. According to the station's
4 o'clock local news, Harrison Ford and Sean Connery are both
slated to return in the next Jones adventure, which should begin
filming in two years time. (Thanks to a WLS-TV representative
for confirming the story and to 'Kiki' for keeping her eyes on
the local news).
June 1, 1998
Cinescape Online reader Kiki sent in a note to let us know that
Harrison Ford appeared on the Rosie O'Donnell show this afternoon
to plug Six Days, Seven Nights. According to Kiki, one
of the first questions Rosie asked the actor was in regards to
Indy 4. Ford allegedly said, "I would love to do
another Indiana Jones movie, but the trouble is there
is no script." (Thanks to "Kiki" for the scoop!)
May 29, 1998
The recycled Indiana Jones plot details and title that
reappeared earlier this week on Ain't It Cool News were shot
down by Mr. Showbiz who interview screenwriter Jeffrey Boam.
"I turned in a script two years ago, but I haven't heard
anything about it lately," Boam explained. "The
Lost Continent wasn't the title - we do have a title, but
George [Lucas] wouldn't even let me put it on the title page."
Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy also concedes that "Jeffrey
Boam is the one person who has been associated with the project
over the years, but the project's not on any list that I have
right now." This would seemingly put to rest any question
regarding the authenticity of the Indy 4 script called
The Law Of One that arrived at Cinescape Online's doorstep.
May 5, 1998
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Jeffery Boam's new Indiana
Jones script "received high marks from Steven Spielberg."
This item suggests that the recent mystery script sent to Cinescape
Online (and reported in the April
10th Insider called "The Law of One") is a fake
or, at the very least, a spec script. (Thanks to "Kirk"
for the tip on Boam)
April 14, 1998
We've received hundreds of letters claiming that the Indiana
Jones script featured in last week's Insider is actually
based on a popular LucasArts computer game (or the Dark Horse
comic series, depending on the author of the letter). While we
are still investigating the origins of the script, we want to
let Cinescape Online readers know that Indiana Jones: The
Law Of One is NOT based on the game or the comic book series.
The Indy 4 screenplay we have is set in 1953 and includes
brand new characters never before seen in any Indy-based film
April 10, 1998
Just over two weeks ago, Cinescape Online received an envelope,
addressed from a major motion picture studio, that contained
what purported to be an early draft of the screenplay to Indiana
Jones 4. Entitled Indiana Jones: The Law of One, the
script was a great read, filled with interesting characters and
plenty of action. The plot follows Indy on a race to harness
the power of the ancient device which was responsible for the
destruction of Atlantis.
But is it real?
After an e-mail exchange and a lengthy telephone conversation
with the person who sent the script, our investigation remains
inconclusive. There are a number of facts, however, that would
undermine the claims of the source. Chief among them are the
authors' lack of registration with the Writers' Guild of America,
as well as the writers' reps denying knowledge of the project...or
their supposed clients.
So could it be real?
The storyline is very good, and the script was professionally
prepared (with the possible exception of the authors' phone numbers
on the script cover). Of course, that doesn't automatically translate
into authenticity. Personally, we think it would make a great
Indy sequel if it's the real deal. Let's just say we have our
doubts for now...
February 23, 1998
Much to the dismay of fans of Lucasfilm's movies, Mark Hamill's
representatives denied rumors that he would play a role in the
next Indiana Jones film. When contacted by Cinescape Online,
Hamill's camp answered suggestions that the veteran of George
Lucas's other famous trilogy would be portraying the villain
of the fourth Indy picture with the following statement: "It
is just a rumor with no basis in fact."
January 29, 1998
Indiana Jones 4 is now confirmed as being in development and
no longer in the planning stages. According to the licensing
agreement between Lucasfilm and Galoob Toys, Indy 4 (listed
as the tentative title) is specifically addressed with Harrison
Ford in the lead, but no mention of Sean Connery. The agreement,
obtained through the Securities and Exchange Commission, also
notes that Steven Spielberg is the planned director of the fourth
Jones adventure. The filing also refers to possible sequels to
Willow and a possible film adaptation of Lucasfilm's Alien
Chronicles book series.
January 14, 1998
Sources within Lucasfilm tell us that the story behind the new
Indiana Jones film will be the search for Atlantis.
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