We're likely to see a ton of Indiana Jones related news pieces out there as we get ever so closer to the Indy 4 opening. Like we did with the Star Wars related pieces around the time of CIV and the 30th Anniversary, consider this post as your place to find all the links. Only have one to start today but rest assured many more updates will be coming...
CNN.com (AP) - "'Real guy' Indiana Jones ready to return." - See the excerpt below:
"Resurrecting Indy took more than a decade of debate, disagreement and compromise among the film's three principals, Spielberg and Ford disliking a way-out-there initial idea Lucas had.
"It was the three of us, Steven, George and I, coming to agreement on the central notion of it all," Ford said. "I think the original idea is still a large piece of it in the movie, but it's been developed and worked on in ways that made it a lot more palatable to Steven and I."
Though the filmmakers have been tightlipped on the plot, the era -- 1957 instead of the 1930s -- and the trailer's image of a crate marked "Roswell, New Mexico, 1947," imply aliens are involved. Roswell is where UFO buffs claim an alien spaceship crashed in 1947.
Just as the first three Indy flicks were inspired by the supernatural B-movies of the 1930s, Lucas conceded he took his cue for the new film from the equivalent of the 1950s, when B-movies centered on extraterrestrial menace.
Just how far "Crystal Skull" might venture into "E.T." territory remains to be seen, though it clearly was not as far as Lucas wanted..."
UPDATE: Make sure you check out our post about Marco Andretti's Indiana Jones car for the Indy 500 right here. In the same category, our friend Brett sent over the following:
"Just thought I'd let you know that it was announced today that Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, will carry a special Indy 4 paint scheme during Saturday night's race at Darlington (on FOX). The press release can be found here (and) an image of the left side and hood of the car can be found here."
Just some interesting poll results at MovieTickets.com from over 2,000 movie goers:
What is your favorite Indiana Jones moment?
46% - Indy shooting the expert swordsman in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" 18% - Indy and the boulder in the opening scene of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" 15% - Indy reaches under a closing door to grab his hat in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" 11% - The mine cart escape from the "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" 10% - The snake pit in "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
Their current poll asks "What is your favorite "Indiana Jones" bad guy death?" Click here and cast your vote! (down at the bottom of the page)
UPDATE #8: Our friend Brett sent over the following Kyle Busch news: (See the first update above)
"Just thought I'd let you know that Kyle Busch won tonight's NASCAR race at Darlington in his M&M's Indiana Jones Toyota. Trust me when I say that it was a good thing that the decal of Harrison Ford was on the right side of the car because the wall had its way with the left. I should also add that Jeff Gordon won at Talladega back in 2005 in his Pepsi/ Yoda Chevy, so maybe Lucasfilm movies bring a little luck to these race teams."
UPDATE #10: Our friend "Master Devwi" sent over the following:
"Microsoft has just released a pack of Indiana Jones IV gamerpictures (display pictures) and a theme for Xbox 360. They’re available for download under the “New Releases – Themes and Gamerpics” category* on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. They are free, and are really well done. (via Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson)
* In two weeks, these will not show up under New Releases. To download them, you’ll have to go to the Themes and Gamerpics store under the name Indiana Jones." (Thanks "Master Devwi"!)
The Indy 4 reviews are coming in fast and furious and seem to be, for the most part, quite positive. Click here to check out the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull review page at Rotten Tomatoes where Indy 4 is currently enjoying an 80% positive rating.