Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull almost happened for 19 years. RevolutionSF has kept track of it before we had computers, and since we launched in 2001. This is a collection of every news item we've done about the movie over the years, complete with RevolutionSF style value-added smartassery, in handy countdown form.
July 5, 2001
Paramount confirmed it's looking at scripts for a possible Indiana Jones
sequel, says the New York Post. At least three scripts already exist. It wants George Lucas to produce, Steven Spielberg to direct, and Harrison Ford to star. Harrison will want $25 million.
Which is reasonable, because Harrison Ford is not getting any younger. Not even by a day. Lucas and Spielberg, are actually getting older.
Connery reports he would like to be in the the movie. But only if he can wear skin-tight black pantyhose like he did in that movie with Catherine Zeta Jones.
Earlier reports said the earliest Lucas and Spielberg can get to Indiana Jones 4 is 2005, because they are so busy not making Indiana Jones 4
August 3, 2001
M. Night Shyamalan, whose name I like to say, spoke to the Dark Horizons site about Indiana Jones 4, and what isn't happening with it. The director said he was not "formally" signed up to do anything with it. He has spoken to everyone involved except George Lucas. He had some ideas, they had some ideas, but nothing is happening.
In Shyamalan's Indy 4, he said a pivotal role will be the sidekick, played by M. Night Shyamalan. Also, Indiana Jones will be played by M. Night Shyamalan.
Dec. 5, 2001
Theraider.net site reports that Paramount's 20-year deal for Indiana Jones
may have expired. Imagine! Paramount, the Star Trek
people, has always been so good to their franchises.
Jan. 24, 2002
Steven Spielberg talked about Indiana Jones IV
at the Golden Globe Awards. He said they have a movie title, but they are not telling anyone what it is yet. Spielberg's wife Kate Capshaw will reprise her Temple of Doom
role in it.
Harrison Ford said the whole problem was "getting the right script, and now we have it."
A Spielberg publicist says they have a story, but not a script. Wait, did somebody tell Harrison they had a script, not just a story?
Spielberg says he plans to do Indy 4 when he finishes Catch Me If You Can with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Harrison Ford has no appointments after he finishes K-19: The Widowmaker, a submarine flick.
Mr. George Lucas, is busy with Star Wars stuff, so maybe no one should bother him. Last time he got all distracted, it took him 16 years to make a sequel.
June 2, 2002
Steven Spielberg has finished filming the movie he said he would finish before he started on Indy 4
. This is typical for Hollywood. But at least it's not two
movies we don't care about first.
A deal is "imminent" with screenwriter Frank Darabont, says Paramount. George Lucas came up with the story and it was approved by Spielberg and Ford. Darabont will write it up, said CNN.
He's written for Indy before, on some of the Young Indiana Jones series. Darabont
is an uncredited co-writer on on the screenplay of Spielberg's Minority Report.
As long as Darabont snatches the notebook out of George Lucas' hand anytime he tries to add something, everything will be good.
June 22, 2002
Cinescape says during press rounds for his latest movie that isn't Indy 4
Harrison Ford said "unless we get a script that we're all happy with, I don't think it's sure that it will happen."
Steven Spielberg told JoBlo.com that Sean Connery is in Indiana Jones 4
Oct. 23, 2006
Harrison Ford said he's not too old to whip it. About the never-to-exist Indiana Jones IV
he said at the Rome Film Festival he feels "fit to continue and bring the same physical action."
March 29, 2007
Ray Winstone will play Indy's sidekick in Indiana Jones 4
. Winstone is the voice of that bad-ass talking beaver in Chronicles of Narnia.
They still are not telling me what I want to hear. Short Round. Bastards! What have you done with Short Round?
June 8, 2007
No Sean Connery in Indiana Jones 4
. But thank goodness it will have Shia LaBoeuf!
June 21, 2007
Jim Broadbent will appear in Indiana Jones 4
. Apparently he won an Oscar, for Hot Fuzz
, I think.
He was also in another fourth movie in another classic series, Superman IV: The Quest For Peace.
Only fourth movies are good enough for Broadbent. He says, "You practice your crap for three movies. Then call me."
June 23, 2007
It's Indiana Jones! Phone the neighbors! He's sitting down!
It tickles me to see him in this first shot from the set, which appeared on the Indiana Jones official site.
That's odd. A Web site for something that's rooted in prehistoric era before we had the Internet.
This would be like the Goonies having a MySpace. Thank much for add! Tell Chunk wear diaper next time! (from BootyTrap723)
I'm glad this movie is happening. Harrison Ford has earned the right to cop a squat now and then. I'm glad he's getting his rest. Being awesome is hard work.
But sitting down is our job! You and Lucas and Spielberg have slobbed around on your gold-plated couches for 17 years! You think Shia LaBeouf is sitting down right now? If you\'ve got time to sit around, you've got time to call Short Round and see if he can be in the movie! Now get off your hump!
Sept. 10, 2007
Did anybody hear what happened at the MTV awards last night? It was all we could talk about for the rest of the night. Those Foo Fighters are just awesome.
In other news from the show, the name of the fourth Indiana Jones
movie was revealed by none other than the star of the new millennium, Mr. Shia LaBeouf.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Whoa, whoa! Ever hear of a spoiler warning? I don't want to know what's in that kingdom. Now the whole thing is ruined. Thanks a lot, LaBeouf.
This movie has Indy and a kingdom of a crystal skull? How will the theaters contain it all?
Here is some atlas information on the location: It is a monarchy. Its primary export: a crystal skull.
Feb. 22, 2008
Shia LaBoeuf plays himself in Indiana Jones 4
. He admits they indeed go to the big warehouse from Raiders of the Lost Ark
. He confesses that he and Karen Allen stole stuff from the set. That is just deplorable.
March 7, 2008
New DVDs of the Indiana Jones
movies will be out May 13. Which means the ones on my DVD shelf right now that I paid 70 bucks for, I should just rip up and throw in the garbage. Poor me!
I wonder if they changed anything like the last time George Lucas or Steven Spielberg re-released some movies.
Shane Ivey says, "I hope Spielberg gets to sanitize them the way he did E.T., with the Thuggee priest pulling a walkie-talkie out of the guy's chest instead of his still-beating heart."
April 5, 2008
Frank Darabont says he will get no onscreen credit for Indiana Jones 4
. About working again with George Lucas, he said, "Honestly our storytelling sensibilities have diverged to the point where that would be a pointless exercise."
Ouch, Lucas. Hurts, don't it?
May 22, 2008
In an Entertainment Weekly story
, Harrison Ford says it's OK that Indiana Jones is older. This is because, "So are you!"