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Paramount Sets "Indy 4" Release Date

The whips are apparently crackin' over at Paramount. Though IMDB still only lists "May 2008" as the release date for the next Indiana Jones installment, Box Office Mojo is now listing the film with specific date of May 22, 2008. This is the Thursday before the Memorial Day weekend begins, and is frankly a logical date. Lucasfilm is no stranger to such timing, as the last two "Star Wars" vehicles have each blown past the weekend starting line with Thursday releases.

Other trivia: BOM also dubs the movie "Fourth Installment of the Indiana Jones Adventures," which is a little more snazzy than IMDB's "Indiana Jones 4."

Few concrete facts are known about the production, which is set to begin filming later this year. Of course, Spielberg is directing, and Lucas is producing. The David Koepp script has been kept under lock and key, though a persistent rumor has the story taking place some time during the 1950s, which would jive with Harrison Ford's actual age (not to mention they've really played out the whole Nazi angle anyway). Any casting other than Ford (a return for Sean Connery or Natalie Portman as Jones's daughter) is still purely speculative. The only rumor I'm really hoping is true has to do with in-camera effects; apparently the plan is to do as much stunt work as in the first three films, and use digital effects sparingly, so that the film will look more organic. Here, here.

The only other currently scheduled opening for that same weekend: the Wachowski Brothers's take on "Speed Racer".

Posted by on February 6, 2007 5:35 PM
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Natalie Portman has NOT been confirmed and her involvement is purely speculation at this point.

-- Posted by: Ned at February 7, 2007 7:21 AM

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