Indiana Jones 4 Facts

What We Know About Indiana Jones 4

Harrison Ford will play Indy - Harrison has of course been confirmed that he will return as Indiana Jones in the next film and is in no danger of being replaced. As far as we know he was the first and only choice for the role, which he made so famous in 1981. Ford had said in years before that he would play Indy again "...in a heartbeat."

Spielberg will direct - From the very beginning we've known that Spielberg would direct Indy 4. Early on, Sean Connery told the press that Spielberg would not be directing. It was of course confirmed later on that Mr. Connery's statement was incorrect. It seemed that Mr. Connery had just been misinformed and that the big three wouldn’t do Indy 4 unless everyone was signed on.

Lucas is the Producer - It has been confirmed many times that George Lucas will be producing Indiana Jones 4. After rejecting Frank Darabont's first Indy 4 script draft, it seems that Lucas will also be doing some writing (rewriting that is) on Darabont’s script. Lucas has said on a number of occasions that production on Indy IV will begin sometime after he finishes work on Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Darabont’s Script: the basics are still there - Frank Darabont’s script will most likely be used in Indiana Jones 4, or at least a variation of it. After reviewing Darabont's script, both Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford had no problems with it. Unfortunately George Lucas wanted to do some rewriting of his own. It has been hinted that the first two acts of the script that Darabont drafted are fine, it's the third act that will be rewritten. Since his script was rejected, Darabont has pointed the preverbal finger at Lucas. Since then, Indiana Jones producer, Frank Marshall has stated that George Lucas and an unnamed writer have been working on revising Darabont's script. There's been no further word as to who that writer may be. In October it was revealed that Jeff Nathanson would be rewriting it (with Lucas’ help and supervision). Nathanson has been involved with films like the Rush hour movies and The Terminal. He also wrote the script for Catch Me If You Can. Recently IMDB reported that he was finished... but that’s still a rumor.

A Timeframe Has Been Confirmed - While a setting isn’t clear, members of the big three have said on a number of occasions that Indiana Jones 4 will be set in the 1950s. The said timeframe has been chosen to coincide with Harrison Ford's age, and to allow the character of Indiana Jones to grow old gracefully. Earlier rumors have stated that it would be set in 1950’s China, newer rumors have suggested the American Southwest and South America. No confirmation on any of these locations have been confirmed nor denied.

Indy 4 will not be in 3-D - in one of those “thank god” moments, George Lucas stated that it was hard enough to convince Spielberg to shoot with digital film, let alone do a film in 3-D. Although it would be a sight, it would remove the gritty feeling of the originals for sure. So we can (thankfully) say the Indiana Jones Franchise will not enter into the third dimension.

A script is finished – Finally a script has been completed. Spielberg informed Lucas the script was done while Lucas was in Hawaii and now does have the script. He also said it’s been tough getting an agreeable script out and that there have been 6 scripts and two rewrites. Here’s Lucas on the subject:

“There were certain aspects of it that Steven and Harrison [Ford] didn't like, and so we changed those, and then we laid out a version and it didn't come out the way it was supposed to, and then we did another version and it didn't come out, so we've just been going through this development hell, which happens once in a while. We'll see. When it comes out, it'll be different. Different, but the same."

Spielberg and Lucas have approved the script - Variety is reporting that both Spielberg and Lucas have approved Nathanson’s script. The only other key ingredient is for Harrison Ford to give the thumbs up and Spielberg may plan to start shooting in 2006. Spielberg is going to shoot a film on the 1972 Olympics in Munich and then a civil war epic about Abraham Lincoln. However, he’s been known to juggle projects in the past quite well and it’s safe to say he knows what he’s doing.

Indy 4 will involve supernatural elements – During an interview with TIME magazine, Lucas said the following:

"You know, I said three's fine. And then I came up with an idea I thought was brilliant, so I told the other guys [Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford], and they kind of flipped out. It's vaguely in the realm of the supernatural.”

There are many differing opinions on whether or not the fourth film should involve supernatural elements as some novels and games have. Obviously, like it or not, you will have to accept that this film will deal with the supernatural.

(Note: Remember, this is not an new idea, as “Last Crusade” was originally supposed to be about a haunted castle)

Unconfirmed Indy 4 Facts

Indy Girl - Steven Spielberg has hinted that Karen Allen and Kate Capshaw may return for Indy 4. This has been reported numerous times by several sources. While they haven’t officially been asked to reprise their earlier roles, it seems like a sure thing that we can expect some of the classic Indy gears to return in Indiana Jones 4.

Return of Sean Connery - Sean Connery has also hinted that he will return for Indiana Jones 4. Recently, Spielberg has confirmed that Henry Jones Sr. has been worked into the Indy 4 script. Connery had said in an earlier interview that Spielberg wouldn’t be directing, however the statement was later denied by Lucasfilm and it seems that Connery was simply misinformed. Recently Connery Announced he plans to retire. He began writing his autobiography, but he did say that if an offer he couldn’t refuse arose, he’d do it... Professor Henry Jones Sr. could be just that.