Lucas: Script Ready, Indiana Jones 4 To Start Filming

December 31, 2006 4:02am CST
Indiana Jones 4 is to start filming as of 2007, director-writer George Lucas has said. After many years in the making, he and Steven Spielberg recently finalized the script for the film. Lucas kept mum about the plot, but said that the latest action flick will be a "character piece" that will include "very interesting mysteries." Provisionally named 'Indiana Jones and the Ravages of Time', according to, the film is expected to be released in 2008. "It's going to be fantastic. It's going to be the best one yet," the 62-year-old filmmaker said during a break from preparing for his duties as grand marshal of Monday's Rose Parade, reports AP. "Mostly it's the charm of Harrison that makes it work," he said. "I think it's going to be really cool." Harrison Ford, one of Hollywood's most famed stars, feels quite fit to get back in the shoes of Indiana Jones for the fourth part of the series. At the recent Rome Film Festival, actor Harrison Ford said he feels he is "fit" enough to star in a fourth "Indiana Jones" film, even though he is 64. "I think it's a real opportunity to make a film as successful as the ones we've made before," said Ford. He said, "We did three films that stay within the same block of time. We need to move on for artistic reasons and obvious physical reasons. I feel fit to continue and bring the same physical action" to the movie. He last played the legendary action hero in 1989, in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The "Indiana Jones" trilogy scored blockbuster grosses at the global box office and garnered seven Academy Award nominations. Collectively, the movies grossed more than $1.1 billion US at the box office. Since 1992 more than five big name screenwriters have submitted scripts — including 'Sixth Sense' scribe M Night Shyamalan, 'Harry Potter' director Chris Columbus and 'Shawshank Redemption' writer Frank Darabont — but Lucas and Spielberg could not agree on a plot. Spielberg and Lucas finally agreed this year upon a script by David Koepp, who worked with Spielberg on 'Jurassic Park' and 'War of the Worlds'. Ford said he hoped top rated actor Sean Connery would reprise his "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" role as hero Indiana Jones' father, Dr Henry Jones. "He's part of the emotional fabric of these films. I believe that Sean is still willing and I'd be delighted if he joined us," he told the BBC. However, apparently Connery wasn't aware of any offer to join in.
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