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Nostalgia fuels the fourth ‘Indiana Jones’
No one involved with the three Indiana Jones blockbusters ever really considered the idea of a fourth until the American Film Institute threw a tribute dinner for Ford in 2001, says producer Frank Marshall. The film’s principals “all saw each other backstage in tuxedoes, and it was a nostalgic moment where we got to talking and we found how much fun we had on these movies. But these days it takes us all a while to clear our schedules.”
“It’s going to be the same team: George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg and me,” Marshall adds. “We are working on the film as we speak. I think production will start in 2004 for release in the summer of 2005. There are certain elements that are in all three movies that we will strive to maintain: the archaeology aspect, the fun of the movies and a little bit of the supernatural.”
Speaking of the supernatural, Marshall also is the producer of Signs, starring Mel Gibson and opening Aug. 2. Audiences won’t know too much of the plot before it opens, Marshall predicts. Even Touchstone Pictures’ advertising campaign for the latest film from writer/director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) is a red herring, he says. “It’s not a straight-ahead science-fiction movie,” Marshall says. “It’s about a lot more things than the advertising suggests, which is that it is about crop circles,” those mysterious rural images that are supposed to be UFO tracks but usually turn out to be hoaxes.
“Crop circles are really the tip of the iceberg,” says Marshall, mixing his metaphors. “I will say that it’s like Night’s other movies because it incorporates elements of the supernatural.”