May 30, 2000 IJ Epic Stunt Spectacular Reopens June 10th
Disney MGM Studios is planning to reopen the Indiana Jones stunt show next month, and they are looking for a few good Joneses. The first 500 Central Floridians with the last name Jones who call (407) 566-5335 today through Thursday will get free park admission and a chance to be a part of the show. Thanks to Scott Butler who got this info from the May 29th Orlando Sentinel. I'm guessing they might accept out-of-state Joneses if they don't find enough in the area, so if your last name is Jones you might want to give it a try. If you do, Tell me how it turns out.
May 29, 2000 TheRaider.Net Debuts
May 26, 2000 Spielberg: Indy IV in Preproduction
Today Dark Horizons is reporting that in a cyber-lecture given to Liverpool John Moores University on Wednesday, May 24, Spielberg stated that Indy IV "is currently in preproduction." Thanks Oddfeld for the info.
Several folks in the Forum have been hankering for Indy MP3's and there has been no shortage of sources: Johnwilliams.cjb.net, Soundfont Island, Indiana Jones Chronicles. None of these places have tracks from the widely available Raiders and Crusade CDs, and I hope we can keep it that way. Remember, everything Indy that we buy, whether they be videos, soundtracks, books, etc. is a vote for Indy. If you have the option of buying a legitimate copy please take it.
May 11, 2000 IGN64 Previews Infernal Machine
According to IGN64, the Nintendo 64 version of Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine won't just be a sloppy PC port. In fact, they report that gameplay and graphics are actually superior to the PC implementation.
May 10, 2000 Infernal Machine on N64
Well, it's official. Lucasarts has announced that Infernal Machine for N64 will be released this summer.
May 9, 2000 Rumors Fly on Ford's Next
Corona is reporting that Ford's next film will be a return to his action bread and butter with the sci-fi thriller, Gemini Man. Harry Knowles of AICN is very enthusiastic about the possibility, but Ford's representation told Cinescape, "That is absolutely not true." Who knows if he'll ever get around to Indy IV...
May 3, 2000 Indy Scratch 'n' Win
FilmForce has posted scans of a set of French lottery cards with an Indy theme, which feature the mugs of Indy, Young Indy, Marion, Mola Ram, Sallah, and Henry Jones Sr. Sacre bleu! I smell a lawsuit. (Scratch that... French resident Pierre Guerry says its officially licensed.)
May 1, 2000 Raiders: One of the Great Movies
Not that we needed his thumb to tell us Raiders is a good movie, but Roger Ebert recently added Raiders of the Lost Ark to his list of The Great Movies. His review actually has a few unique insights beyond the usual fare.
Thanks to Brett Lambert for the link.
Spielberg Warms to DVD
I passed on this story the first time, but with the dearth of Indy news, I'm scraping bottom. Why did I pass it up? It adds insult to injury... Lucas is ok-ing a Phantom Menace DVD and Spielberg has given the go ahead for Jaws, Jurassic Park, etc. But there is still no word on Indy DVDs.
April 20, 2000 Indy for N64 Rumored
According to Ed's Rumor Report at IGN64.com, a LucasArts employee, who (oddly enough) wants to be known as Jigglypuff has given them the straight scoop. The puffy one says...I can confirm that INDY is definitely going to be released for the N64, as well as a code-named RHUBARB, which will be a sequel to ROGUE SQUADRON.Thanks to Sean C. for the info...
The INDY64 conversion will be essentially the same as the PC version, but with more "bells and whistles" including an enhanced map/loading screen overlay, improved textures, completely new controls, a new camera system, environmental audio and new real-time lighting effects.
April 17, 2000 Fate of IJ Survival Guide Uncertain
For those who have been following Fielding's Indiana Jones Adventure and Survival Guide, a book aimed at exercising a kid's adventurous spirit, it's been a long ride. One that began in 1998 and apparently refuses to end. Amazon's site says it has already been released, but an email to Fielding's yielded the following response:
Hi! Thanks for your letter. At this time the date of publication has not been determined. If you'd like, if the book is published we'd be happy to send you an e-mail notice, no obligation to you of course. Thanks for your interest and time.
Notice he says, "IF the book is published"... *sigh*
Credit Where It's Due...
I have a couple things to clear up about yesterday's posting of the Selleck photos. The original source for the pics was Mr. Boy's Spielberg page, specifically this page. Plus, the Biography episode these were from was the Spielberg's, not Ford's as previously reported.
April 16, 2000 Indy Game Announcement May 10th...
At the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), LucasArts will be making several game announcements. The folks at AdventureGamer.com managed to sneak a peak at some web files which revealed one of the announcements would be Indy-related. Sure, there's a chance (though, in my opinion, quite slim) that another Indy game is in the works... More likely, they'll be announcing Infernal Machine for a new platform, probably one or more of the consoles (i.e. Dreamcast, N64, and Playstation 2).
Pictures of Selleck as Indy
Louis Roesli sent me a couple caps from an episode of Biography, which show Tom Selleck in a fedora talking with Spielberg and probably Karen Allen. ( Pic 1 | Pic 2 ). These pictures make me a little queasy... Harrison was meant to be Indy.
Thanks to The Man with the Hat who confirms that these caps are from the Biography episode chronicling Harrison Ford's life.
IndianaJones.com Back Up...
The corrected entry for IndianaJones.Com in the domain database seems to propagated everywhere. Let's hope this is for good.
April 12, 2000 IndianaJones.com Hijacked!
Due to a security problem at the keeper of the domain names, Network Solutions, the domain IndianaJones.com looks like its owned by some guy from Serbia (or Albania or Bosnia, depending on his whim). FilmForce.Net has the full story.
April 5, 2000 Raiders DVD Bootleg Surfaces
Posing as a preview of a May 2001 Raiders DVD release, DVD Furax has several faked DVD screencaps and cover scans. Whether its a hoax confined to the net or there will be actual bootlegs is unknown. The one thing we do know, thanks to DVDfile, is that these aren't from Lucasfilm.
April 2, 2000 April Fools!
April 1, 2000 I'm Baa-aack
I had a great time on vacation. Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming...
Spielberg's Schedule Fills Up
Today, Steven Spielberg fleshed out his schedule, and Indy is nowhere to be found on it. See the timeline here...
Mar. 24, 2000 Indyfan.com Hiatus
I'll be on vacation in Orlando, FL for the next week. This is the first time I'm going to visit Florida since I was a tot, and just my luck they've closed the Indy Stunt Spectacular for repairs. I'll try to have a good time despite the lack of Indy... :-)
Mar. 22, 2000 George's Collection
Ok, George you win. According to a recent InStyle magazine blurb, George Lucas keeps his Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award next to the Holy Grail, Henry Sr.'s diary, and Indy's whip and fedora at Skywalker Ranch. FilmForce has a scan of George posing near his Indy (and other) artifacts.
Mar. 21, 2000 Young Indy Storyboards
Today's FilmForce gives a tip to those visiting LA. Among the props at the Hollywood Museum, look for the storyboards from the young Indy opening of Last Crusade.
New Mystery Indy Script Appears
A recent Forum post points to a mysterious script named Indiana Jones and the Tomb of Ice. No source is given. More than likely it's a fan creation, but I'd appreciate any solid leads on the source of this script.
Mar. 20, 2000 Fan-Created Egyptian Papyrus
Mar. 15, 2000 A Funny Definition of Soon
Spielberg's previously uncertain schedule is solidifying and Indy isn't on it yet. Variety is reporting that he will begin shooting Stanley Kubrick's A.I. this July, and he is still signed up for the Tom Cruise vehicle, Minority Report, in April 2001.
Mar. 13, 2000 Spielberg: Indy IV Coming Soon
Steven Spielberg was recently given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Director's Guild of America. At the event, he told an Italian newspaper, that he has to " answer to the same question all the time: 'Dad, when are you going to film a new Indiana Jones movie?' But tonight I want to make a promise: Indiana Jones is coming back soon." It's good to know we have some Indy advocates at the Spielberg home keeping Papa Spielberg on his toes. FilmForce.Net has the full story.
Mar. 3, 2000 Happy Fifth Birthday to Us!
It's hard to believe. This web page is five years old. That's like fifty in web years. It began life on March 3, 1995 with a name only a father could love, "The Indiana Jones WWW Page"
Mar. 2, 2000 Indiana Jones Survival Guide Released?
The continuously changing release date of Fielding's Indiana Jones Adventure and Survival Guide may be solidifying. Last I heard the release was set to July 2000, but Amazon recently posted the publish date as March 1, 2000! However, it's March 2, and they are still only asking for preorders, so take it with a grain of salt.
Mar. 1, 2000 International Video Release
IndianaJones.com has posted details on the the release of the remastered Indiana Jones videos outside of the US. One noticeable difference is the inclusion of Oganga, The Giver and Taker of Life in the giftset rather than Treasure of the Peacock's Eye. Also, international Indy fans who purchase the giftset get a giant illustrated wall map. Each video purchased contains a sticker which can be applied to a designated part of the map. It's probably just a cheap attempt to get people to buy the whole set, but I'm a bit jealous. Where's mine?
From Kate and Steven to Harrison
Adam has posted an ad Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg took out in Variety to congratulate Ford on his AFI honor. Check out his post for the full text.
Feb. 24, 2000 Ford Gets Out Of "Traffic"
According to Variety, negotiations for Harrison Ford to sign with "Traffic" have broken down. His agent says that he has opted for a yet-to-be-determined action film. With Spielberg recently passing on Potter it's easy for our imaginations to run wild. In the distance I hear chanting... "Indy IV ... Indy IV..." or maybe its "Three years more..." I can't make it out.
Indy Gear History Lesson
Indiana John of Indygear.com tells a story of the long strange trip he, along with some other info-thirsty Indy fans, took to reconstruct Indiana Jones' trademark outfit.
Feb. 19, 2000 Access Hollywood Clip Online
I've captured the piece of Access Hollywood's report where Harrison speaks about the Indy IV situation. The movie is available in Quicktime 4 format and weighs in at 3.4 MB. Enjoy... If the bandwidth runs out on that server, try this link.
Feb. 18, 2000 Ford on Indy IV - Light a Fire Under Lucas's Ass!
On tonight's Access Hollywood, Pat O'Brien inquired about the status of Indy IV, to which Harrison, pointed to Lucas, saying "Light a fire under his ass." Lucas stuck to the "We're all busy" party line, but it was some great footage on AH's part.
Big Three AFI Award Pic
Feb. 15, 2000 Ford on Indy IV Script
Forum poster, Rick, was fortunate enough to attend the recent taping of Inside the Actor's Studio with Ford as the guest. When asked if there would be another Indy movie, Ford said, "Oh Yehhh...(audience claps)....... Now wait, I'm not makin' any announcement here tonight. I want it to happen. There is no script yet that everybody is REALLY happy with. George is a bit pre-occupied with that 'other' movie (audience laughs), but Steven and I are very ambitious to do it. But we all realize it has to be great."
Feb. 14, 2000 Ford To Be Honored By AFI
The American Film Institute will present their 28th lifetime achievement award to Harrison Ford this Thursday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. In a slightly dated LA Times story Ford said he was "surprised and honored and very flattered by it all." Congratulations, Mr. Ford, you deserve it. (Source: TheForce.Net)
Feb. 8, 2000 Raiders Whip Up For Auction
According to TheForce.Net, Lycos is conducting a Celebrity Charity Auction which includes a whip from Raiders signed by Ford. Last December, a whip used in the making of all three Indy movies went for £27,600 at Christie's.
Feb. 7, 2000 Spielberg Has Kidney Removed
According to CNN, Steven Spielberg has undergone surgery to have a kidney removed after an "irregularity" was discovered. A full recovery is expected. Here's hoping it is a swift one...
Ford's Agent On Indy IV Script
Ford's agent, Patricia McQueeney, told USA Today about Indy IV: "If there was a script they all loved, they would kill themselves to clear their schedules." Scheduling problems has always been the excuse given to us, but Ford's agent says of the Indy franchise: "They love it so much, but they can't seem to get their heads together on a script they are all enthusiastic about." ( Source: Scifi.Com )
Digital Bits Keeps Taunting
UK Video Release on March 6th
Sascha Krasny has full details on the upcoming release of the remastered trilogy in European PAL format.
Feb. 2, 2000 A Fan and Friend's Tribute to Boam
Scott Ryfun tells a personal story of his meeting with Jeffrey Boam and his subsequent student-mentor relationship with the screenwriter.
Feb. 1, 2000 DGA To Honor Spielberg
The Director's Guild of America will present their Lifetime Achievement Award to Steven Spielberg on March 11th. Congratulations Steven, but don't forget that you've got many more movies to make. ( Source: Spielberg-Dreamworks.com )
Jan. 31, 2000 Indy Advocacy
Recent activism by various DVD sites for Phantom Menace on that format has made this DVD-owning Indy fan wonder, "What about us?" I'm inclined to agree with TheForce.Net on this score. Nothing beats the power of paper. You saw Miracle on 34th Street didn't you? If you want Indy on DVD, a flood of written letters to Paramount and Lucasfilm could be just the push they need.
Paramount Pictures Home Video
5555 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197
P.O. Box 2009
San Rafael, CA 94912
Fan Poster Art
Jason Davies has given us an outstanding bit of fan art which mixes an action shot and portrait in a composition and quality reminiscent of Indy movie posters. Check it out!
Jan. 28, 2000 Jeffrey Boam Is No Longer With Us
Accomplished screenwriter, Jeffrey Boam, scribe of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as well as the candidate for Indy IV as of last June, has passed on at the age of 53. He will truly be missed. ( Source: Cinescape )
Jan. 24, 2000 Recycled Screams
TheForce.Net has bizarre story on the history of a sound effect, called the Wilhelm Scream, meticulously researched and documented by Pablo Hidalgo. This same scream is heard in every Indy movie, several Young Indy eps, every Star Wars movie, and many more.
Jan. 21, 2000 You Have Arrived!
This is the new site. If all goes well, it should work exactly like the old site (for now). After wrestling with Network Solutions change forms and perl script changes, I'm still not sure if everything will work. Please bear with me.
Jan. 18, 2000 IndianaJones.Com Scrapbook
Looks like I misread the signs. The Scrapbook could be a weekly or whenever-somebody-feels-like-it feature. Who knows? Only time will tell... Today's pic is from Last Crusade.
I'm getting close to a point where I can switch servers within the week. This may require a (hopefully) short outage of the Forum. Stay tuned...
Jan. 12, 2000 IndianaJones.Com Scrapbook Debut
Jan. 11, 2000 Indy Stunt Show Under Repair
If you're planning a trip to Disney-MGM Studios this summer, you might want to hold off until late June as the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular will be shut down until then for repairs. Unfortunately, the six month closing will only be for upkeep, no improvements are planned. See the Orlando Sentinel article for details. Thanks to TheForce.Net for the info.
Jan. 8, 2000 Cashiers du Cinemart on Indy
Reading Cashiers du Cinemart makes me a bit nostalgic for the days when Sci-Fi Universe magazine ran articles like "Fifty Reasons Why We Hate Return of the Jedi" (2/97). It was a fun read, and that spirit is alive at CdC with articles like Dude, That's Your Sister!.
In Jonesing for the New Indy Film, editor Mike White takes the opportunity to knock Temple and Crusade down a couple notches and wastes his time discussing known failures and fan fiction as potential Indy sequels, but if it doesn't drive you to violence, it's an entertaining read.
Jan. 6, 2000 Star Wars DVD - A Hint of Indy DVD's Fate?
Lucasfilm recently announced the release of Phantom Menace on video this April, along with bad news for DVD fans. The press release clearly states that Phantom Menace will "not being released on the DVD format in 2000 or for the foreseeable future." Considering Lucasfilm's apparent attitude toward DVD, the prospects for the Indy trilogy on DVD seems a bit dimmer than it did when The Digital Bits reported rumors of a March release.
Dec. 22, 1999 Happy Holidays!
If you couldn't already tell from my lack of updates, I'm on vacation, enjoying the holidays at home with family. I'd like to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy Y2K!
Lara Croft to Rip Off Raiders?
This isn't Indy, but... It seems to me that when Eidos made Tomb Raider, they were trying to tap into an interest that wasn't being satisfied by new Indy products. I'm sure the success of that series of games was a large part of the motivation for Infernal Machine, and now there's a movie in the works, that is reportedly similar to Raiders of the Lost Ark (CHUD, Cinescape). Let's hope this is the kick in the pants they need to get Indy IV rolling.
Dec. 13, 1999 Spielberg/Larry King Transcript
If you weren't able to catch the Spielberg interview, CNN has posted a transcript. There are a few references to Indy with generally positive comments on the possibility of Indy IV (like Spielberg's definition of "too old" quoted below). Well worth the read. Thanks to Ricard Befan of JohnWilliams.com-US.com for the info.
JustAdventure.com Indy Week
Dedicated to coverage of adventurous gaming, JustAdventure.com opens the week with an article on Indy and the products he spawned, and has plans for focus articles on Indy's adventures on the computer screen all this week.
Dec. 10, 1999 Spielberg on Larry King Live
According to Cinescape Insider, Spielberg's recent appearance on Larry King Live did indeed have some Indy content. When asked about an Indy sequel, he said that he would eventually get there as long as "Harrison isn't too old to jump, and I'm not too old to yell." The interview (or portions thereof) will be replayed on Larry King Weekend this Saturday at 9pm Eastern.
Dec. 9, 1999 Indy's Whip Underestimated
The Evening Standard, a London newspaper, reports that a whip used by Ford during the making of the Indy movies went to Anthony Pugliese III, who's high bid of £27,600 far exceeded Christie's original estimated value. Reuters says £27,500, but let's not squabble over £100. Thanks to TheForce.Net and Satipo for the news.
Dec. 7, 1999 Congratulations Mr. Connery!
Sean Connery, Henry Jones, Sr. to us (and perhaps Bond, James Bond), is one of the five performing artists recognized this year by the Kennedy Center Honors. The Honors Gala was held this past Sunday and will be televised the evening of Dec. 29th on CBS.
Larry King To Interview Spielberg
Whip Auction Followup
Here, courtesy of Christie's, is an image of the bullwhip going up for auction this week. The note signed by Harrison Ford, reads "This bullwhip was used by me during the making of the Indiana Jones films."
Dec. 6, 1999 Indy's Whip on the Block
This Thursday, Dec. 9, in London Christie's will be auctioning off a "a 16-plait bullwhip of kangaroo hide" used by Ford in all three Indy movies, accompanied by a note from Ford. A press release estimates the value of the movie prop at 5000 to 7000 pounds. If anyone reading ends up being the proud owner of this whip, we want all the details! :) Thanks to TheForce.Net for the info.
Nov. 30, 1999 Back From Vacation - Indyfan.com Future
With recent growth bumping up against my hosting limits, I have some tough decisions to make and I'd appreciate your input. Due to some technical details, the Forum as it stands may require some reworking or replacing. One option is an Ultimate Bulletin Board like the one at TheForce.Net. Please weigh in with your opinion.
Infernal Machine for N64?
After cancelling the PlayStation port of Infernal Machine, PC owners became the privileged gamers wielding the virtual whip. Last week, AdventureGamer.com offered a glimpse of hope for console gamers. According to an unnamed LucasArts source, a Nintendo 64 version is in development.
Another Troubling Ford Quote
Last week Ford answered a Brazillian reporter's question on the possibility of Indy IV which passing through a couple translations came out, "But I am sure that I could never play Indiana Jones again. He is in the past of my career, that took different direction. I feel today closer of characters like Jack Ryan than Han-Solo and Indiana Jones." I've heard talk that way about Han Solo, but not Indy, I'm betting something got lost in the translation. ( Source: Dark Horizons )
Nov. 22, 1999 Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Just so you know... I'm on vacation this week and away from my home computer, so updates will be limited.
Nov. 18, 1999 Indyfan.com Growing Pains
Sometime in the past few weeks you may have been unable to access any files on the site, only seeing a message from me about outgrowing my account. Don't worry, Indyfan.com is not going away, but more and more people are visiting the site and the current web account that I pay for has a limit which we are reaching with more and more frequency. I'm looking for a new place where I can accomodate growth without raising the cost to me by an inordinate amount. In the meantime I don't have the resources available to start new forums, etc. Please bear with me through this.
Nov. 17, 1999 Raiders Marked For Preservation
Each year the Library of Congress selects 25 movies that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant to be preserved for all time. This year Raiders of the Lost Ark had the honor of being selected. Thanks to Michael Toppi for the info.
Nov. 16, 1999 Indy on DVD next March?
The Rumor Mill at Digital Bits reportedly has early unofficial word that Paramount and Lucasfilm plan to release the Indiana Jones Trilogy in DVD format in March of 2000.
Nov. 15, 1999 Odd Ford Quote
Responding to a question on the possibility of Indy IV in 2005, Ford told the UK weekly 'OK!' that he's "used to people printing half truths, no truths, mistakes. There is a rumour that there will be a window of opportunity for Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and me to get together in 2005 - that's when they'll be free! But I may not be of a mind to do it." Whether this an attempt at rumor control, a hint that Indy IV will come sooner, or a sign that Ford's fed up with the whole idea remains to be seen. Thanks to Dave Weiss for the info.
New Infernal Machine Site
A new site dedicated to coverage of Infernal Machine, Indy's Inferno (infernalmachine.net) debuted yesterday.
Nov. 14, 1999 Infernal Machine Walkthrough
If you're having trouble getting through the Infernal Machine demo, Craig Urquhart has posted a walkthrough, complete with screencaps.
Nov. 11, 1999 Well of Souls Fan Art
Adam McDaniel, a long time contributor to Indyfan.com, depicts the Well of Souls scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark in this painting. Will Indy and Marion make it out alive? (You don't have to answer that... :-)
Infernal Machine Demo Now Available
Nov. 9, 1999 So, Do You Have a Script or Not?
A recent bit in Variety may shed a bit of light on the constantly changing status of the Indy IV script. George keeps saying that they have a script, but according to Variety "the other two aren't sold." See TheForce.Net for text from the article.
Nov. 5, 1999 Infernal Machine Goes Gold
The 3D Indy action game from LucasArts has officially gone gold. For those unfamiliar with computer game development, that's the stage where the game is finished and its sent off to be duplicated and packaged. Lucasarts has put up a new Indy page to honor the occasion. They predict the title will hit store shelves the week of Nov. 15. Thanks to Lasse Ojanen at Adventuregamer.com for the info.
Nov. 3, 1999 Infernal Machine Preview
Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine, the 3D Indy action game for PC's, is slated for release before the month is out. Ign.com has a preview of the upcoming title.
New Yoda Boy Illustration
Nov. 2, 1999 Custom Indy Figure
Sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands. Michael Collins missed out on the Kenner Indy figures the first time around, so he made his own. Check out this site for pics and descriptions.
AFI To Honor Ford
According to the L.A. Times, the American Film Institute will be presenting the lifetime achievement award to Harrison Ford early next year. Congratulations!
Well of Souls Droids
Today's snapshot at starwars.com has a picture of one wall of the Raiders Well of Souls set where R2-D2 and C3PO are engraved. As far as I know, this cannot be seen in the film itself. in the exact same pose, although somewhat smaller, can be witnessed engraved in a gold column near the Ark, as Sallah and Indy are about to open the stone cask. Thanks to belloq for the tip.
Oct. 29, 1999 John Williams Greatest Hits
A 2-CD compilation of movie music by John Williams will be available in stores November 2nd. The set includes three Indy tracks, one from each movie. If you want a bigger dose of Indy music, Star Wars Insider is selling all three soundtracks on CD.
Oct. 26, 1999 Attention Shoppers!
Today is the day. Go out and buy Indy on video. The new videos have been remastered and contain never-before-seen interviews. I'm sure the powers that be will be watching those sales numbers, so if you can't decide on widescreen vs. pan'n'scan, heck, buy them both.
Oct. 25, 1999 Ford Walks Away From Helicopter Crash
This past Saturday, the helicopter Harrison Ford was piloting landed heavily on its side, suffering major damage. He was practicing landings without power when the accident occurred. Both he and his flight instructor walked away from the crash, apparently escaping injury. Please Harrison, be careful out there! Source: L.A. Times
Unreleased Young Indy Episode To Air
Just one day to go before the big video release, however don't get so wrapped up in watching them that you miss Demons of Deception, airing on USA this Sunday. That particular episode is not being released this month.
Oct. 21, 1999 Indy IV Discussed in Video Interviews
Cinescape Insider is reporting that the interviews preceding the upcoming video re-releases have some discussion of a possible Indy sequel. Although nothing earth-shattering, one comment by Spielberg gives a good reason for what may be holding things back. He says, "We're being a little more prejudicial. We don't want the fourth Indiana Jones movie to leave a bad taste in anyone's mouth." Source: Hollywood Reporter
Oct. 20, 1999 Indy on DVD in 2000?
The Digital Bits Rumor Mill reports that a couple of sources have unofficially confirmed the Indy trilogy is being worked on in-house at Lucasfilm for a DVD release sometime next year. This was actually posted on their site last week. Sorry about that... (Thanks to Adam for pointing it out.) I haven't seen any corroboration on other DVD sites, so I'm not sure how much credence to give it.
Oct. 13, 1999 Official Indy Site Opens
Just yesterday we saw signs of activity on IndianaJones.com and today the site is a splashy ad for the soon to be released videos.
Oct. 12, 1999 IndianaJones.com Under Construction?
Occassionally someone will try www.indianajones.com and think that they've uncovered something sinister. For the longest time this was just a link to www.starwars.com, but no longer... Right now there's only a test page, but could an official Indy site be on its way? We hope so, and soon, preferrably with some official word on Indy IV. Thanks to Mike Streeter of LucasFan.com (temporarily unavailable) for the tip.
New Infernal Machine Screenshots
Oct. 11, 1999 Rumored 'Big Three' Meeting
An anonymous email tells the Spielberg-Dreamworks Fansite that Ford, Spielberg, and Lucas are planning a meeting in London to discuss Indy IV.
E-Online Interviews Ford
In a Q&A with Harrison Ford, E-Online asked one Indy question, "How about that fourth Indiana Jones movie?" Ford's answer: "I'm ready when they're ready."
Oct. 6, 1999 No Infernal Machine for Playstation
According to Next Generation, Lucasarts is cancelling the 3D action game, Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine for Sony PlayStation. A LucasArts spokesperson said, "the company is refocusing its resources in anticipation of new titles, both for current and next generation platforms." The PC version is still on track, however.
Infernal Machine Ad
Oct. 5, 1999 Raiders of the Forbidden Valley Conclusion
Hannibal King's fan fiction serial concludes its action-packed, cliff-hanging run with the final installment, Chapter 21: Back to Nature. The story will have a permanent place on Indyfan.com here. Thanks Hannibal! Excellent work.
P.S. This will be the last bit of fan fiction I publish for a little while. I'm going to focus on updating some of the neglected parts of this site. I'm not cutting off fanfic completely, I just want to spread my limited time around a bit.
Young Indy on USA Network
For the next couple months, the USA Network will be airing Young Indy movies on Sunday mornings (11 a.m. EDT, check local listings). Deidre has posted a list of air dates.
Oct. 4, 1999 Two Indy Scripts Under Consideration?
In an interview with ET This Week, Lucas said with regard to Indy IV that he has "two scripts for consideration and all I'm waiting for is a phone call from Steven and Harrison. I'm ready to go!" Thanks to Michaelson for catching this.
Sept. 28, 1999 Monkey King Script Synopsis
Dietrich, Forum regular (not the melon-tossing Nazi), has written a detailed synopsis of Chris Columbus's failed Monkey King script. It was written for the third Indy installment, but some unscrupulous folks have been known to try passing this old script off as a potential Indy IV script. Check it out to see "what might have been," but thankfully, wasn't.
The Temple of Disco
Thanks to Mecofan for alerting me to this obscure bit of trivia. I knew that Meco disco-ized Star Wars, but I had no idea that he gave the same treatment to the Raiders March. The Meco Fan Page has a sample MP3.
Sept. 23, 1999 Lucas Says Indy on DVD Coming
At press conference in Europe this week, Lucas told reporters that Indy and Young Indy on DVD is currently in production. No release date was mentioned. Dvdfile.com has some more details. Thanks to Doug Irving for the heads up.
Sept. 21, 1999 Upcoming Releases
Checking in on the Fielding's Guide, which was last slated for a Fall 1999 release, Amazon now lists it for December 1999. Also, if you're having trouble accessing Sascha Krasny's video page like I am, I made up a simple list of all the Young Indy videos up for release, which is linked to in the sidebar. The YIJ Unofficial Home Page has a similar list with links to the episode guide.
Sept. 16, 1999 Indy Laserdisc Release on Hold
According to Widescreen Review, Pioneer will not be releasing Indy on laserdisc in October by request of Lucasfilm and Paramount. The reason for the hold is unknown. Perhaps they are anticipating a DVD release or they don't think the laserdisc will sell enough to justify. Who knows? Thanks to Neil S. Bulk for the heads up.
Sept. 15, 1999 Harrison Ford Quote on ET
Today's edition of Entertainment Tonight had a short "news" piece on a possible Indiana Jones sequel that didn't provide much in the way of new information, but it did have an interesting quote. Ford reassures those worried about his age, saying "I'm still quite fit enough to fake it. It's all smoke and mirrors anyway." Thanks to J for the head's up.
Sept. 14, 1999 Mini-Indy Impressions
I received my Toys McCoy Indy figure today, and I can assure you it lives up to all the hype. If your so inclined, you can read my initial impressions of the figure.
Sept. 10, 1999 New Video Covers
Sascha Krasny has compiled a page with images of all the videos being released this October. Check them out here. These pictures are also accessible by searching Amazon.com, but in addition to these there is a picture of the boxed set. The widescreen edition is the same, except instead of a white background color, it's purple.
Sept. 3, 1999 Indy, Chapter and Verse
Apparently Lucas is taking a page from his Star Wars playbook for the upcoming release of Indy and Young Indy videos. All the videos will be referred to by chapter, numbered chronologically. For example, Temple, Raiders, and Crusade will be Chapters 23, 24, and 25 respectively. The original movies will not, however, betray their chapter number within the films' credits, only on the packaging. Thanks to Brian James Crewe for sending me details of the original Hollywood Reporter article. Dvdfile.com also has a blurb on this.
Sept. 1, 1999 Spielberg on Indy IV Timeframe
The UK site, Popcorn, has an article and RealAudio clip where Spielberg quips about the state of his and Harrison's health by they time they get to shooting Indy IV
Aug. 31, 1999 Indy IV in 2005?
I didn't report on this item at first because it's identical to what McCallum said in the news item I posted on May 14, but so many folks have sent me info on Hollywood.com and IMDB reporting on McCallum's interview with the London Sunday Express that I gave in. He says the plan is to finish the next two Star Wars episodes, and then take on Indy IV within the next five years.
Aug. 24, 1999 Indy Remaster on Laserdisc
Adding another slap in the face to DVD proponents, Paramount and Pioneer will be releasing the remastered edition of the Indy trilogy on laserdisc concurrently with the video release (10/26). According to dvdfile.com, the extras promised for the video version, however, will not appear on the laserdisc edition.
Aug. 20, 1999 Sansom Indy Drawings
These drawings ( My Kind of Hero | Indiana Jones | Indy | Escape from the Flying Wing ) date from Suzy Sansom's days contributing to several Harrison Ford fanzines, as well as her own Star Wars 'zine (1980-87). If anyone wishes to contact her regarding a specific piece or for possible commission, they can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug. 17, 1999 Raiders Name Change Not In Movie Itself
According to a recent Q&A conducted by TheForce.Net with Jim Ward, head of Lucasfilm marketing, the name change will only appear on the video's packaging, not in the film's opening credits. He said the reason for the change is that Lucas views the videos as a single storyline, and the Raiders name, being in the middle somewhere, "jumps out apart from the rest." Thanks to red four this.
Aug. 16, 1999 Three Scripts?
In a recent AICN item an attendee of Spielberg's Smithsonian award reception managed a few choice words with the director. Spielberg reportedly said "we've got about three scripts that we're choosing from at this point," one scripted by Boam. I'm with Mike Orton of The Unofficial Indiana Jones IV Page on this one. The "scoop" smells a bit fishy.
Fan-Created Indy Card Game
Sascha Krasny has put a great deal of work into a card game based on our hero's adventures, called Indy's Gamble. Some assembly is required.
Yen-ning for that Indiana Jones Figure...
Apparently the yen has gained some strength in comparison to the US dollar. What does this have to do with Indy fans? Well, that Toys McCoy figure is going to cost you $30 more than it would have if you had preordered. Those who signed up early need not worry, in fact, you may already have it in your hot little hands. If not, here are a couple pictures ( one : two ), and a review, all from Forum newcomer, Covenant.
Aug. 9, 1999 Drew Struzan Considering Indy CD
Over at TheForce.Net, they recently posted an interview with Drew Struzan, the artist behind many Indy movie posters and novel covers, among other things. At the end of the interview he speaks of a computer CD with his artwork, behind the scenes info and interviews which he has created for Star Wars. Then, Drew says, "If it works, maybe Indiana Jones next..." Unfortunately, I didn't see a way to indicate my interest in this CD on his website.
July 19, 1999 Indiana Jones and the Red Menace?
Today, Harry Knowles' AICN brings us a rumored Indy IV plot that seems more befitting James Bond or Jack Ryan than our daring archaeologist. The "informant" insists that no Indy IV script exists at the moment, only a 12 page treatment, which has Indy employed by the US government to determine the whereabouts of the artifacts recovered and spirited away from Hitler's bunker by the Commies during their raid on Berlin.
Lucas told us point-blank last November that the Indy IV script is ready. Who's this guy to be calling George a liar?
July 15, 1999 Audio for Indy Video Ad
Lucasfan.com has managed to get a hold of an upcoming rental video which will contain a commercial for the Indy video re-release. The video, Payback, won't be out until July 27, but they've captured a RealAudio clip for your listening pleasure. The clip clears up a couple issues: Raiders has indeed been renamed, the remastered videos will come in both standard and widescreen versions, and they will contain all new interviews with Lucas, Spielberg, and Ford.
July 14, 1999 McCallum's Gets Cryptic On Indy IV
Today's AICN has a report from a London press conference where Rick said the following about Indy IV:We've got a fantastic script, and everyone really wants to do it. We've now got to wait for everyone to be free, George is tied up as you know, Steven is busy for a couple of years, and Harrison is commited for the next 18 months. But the script is great and age is not a problem. I think we'll get it together in about three or four years.Basically the same stuff we've been hearing for a while now... BUT when asked whether Atlantis would be involved in the movie, he said only: "Watch the stars, and watch the desert."
Thanks to Mike at the Unofficial Indiana Jones IV Page for the heads up.
July 13, 1999 Video Cover Pic
Dvdfile.com has a picture of the upcoming Indy videos in their VSDA report, although I'm not sure whether these are the final covers. It looks like they've renamed Raiders, adding Indiana Jones to the title. I guess it's to be consistent, but I'm uncertain whether they should be messing with the title of the original Indy adventure.
July 11, 1999 Trilogy Re-release and Young Indy on Video
According to the July 9th Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Home Video will re-release the digitally-remastered Indiana Jones Trilogy on VHS video in letterbox format on October 26. Also, as a part of their "Complete Adventures of Indiana Jones" promotion, 12 feature-length episodes of Young Indiana Jones will be available. Brian James Crewe has updated his December 1997 report on the repackaging of Young Indy with these latest developments.
Just some interesting trivia to go along with the Young Indy release... Did you realize that Elizabeth Hurley (London 1916), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Palestine 1917), and Anne Heche (New York 1920) appeared in YIJC, all before they really hit the big time as actresses. Good eye, George. Thanks to Laird Malamed for the observation.
July 1, 1999 The Big 1-0-0
Today marks the 100th anniversary of our fictional hero's birth date. Jason Cormier has contributed a special birthday card to celebrate the occasion.
IMDB Lost Continent RIP
The IMDB entry on Indiana Jones and the Lost Continent is no more, and I think it's my fault. As far as I can tell the original "scoop" hit Corona in August 1997. It was from a horse back tour guide in Kaui which clearly mistook preparations for Six Days Seven Nights as scouting for an Indy sequel. Someone submitted it to IMDB and over the last couple years newspapers and web sites have mentioned this "fact" offhand, fueling the fire. ETOnline is the latest victim (Entertainian - June 27, 1999). According to Rick McCallum (Lucasfan - June 15, 1999) Indy IV remains untitled.
June 2, 1999 Indy DVD Not In The Works
Back in February, Widescreen Review reported that Paramount was considering the release of the Indy trilogy on DVD by the end of this year. Yesterday, however, dvdfile.com got word straight from Lucasfilm's Lynne Hale that there "isn't any activity at this time" for a DVD release of those films. Also, dashing any slim hopes we may have had for a letterbox edition of the videos or a Special Edition treatment anytime in the near future, she states that there is "no big theatrical or home video re-release planned" for the Indy movies. Thanks to Ed Sabol for the info.
Fielding's Indy Guide Delayed
Curious about the status of Fielding's Indiana Jones Adventure and Survival Guide, which was due for release this month, I called Fielding's customer service department. Unfortunately, the book has undergone some changes which has delayed its release until later this fall. Hopefully, the third time's the charm and this will be the final release date.
May 28, 1999 New 12" Indy Figure Pics
Jan. 20, 1999 Ford Picking Jack Ryan Over Indy?
Harry's AICN reports that after What Lies Beneath, Ford may be looking to star in the adaptation of the Clancy novel, Sum of All Fears. I'm not sure why it's an either/or proposition, but Harry seems certain that Indy IV will not happen. I don't know why Ford would go down that road again, after seeing how difficult Clancy is to please while making the last Ryan flick. (First spotted on Indy World)
Dec. 15, 1998 A New Atlantis Angle?
On Dec. 13th, Ain't It Cool News posted a synopsis of a bizarro Indy story involving Atlanteans, who happen to be of alien origin, being raised in their domed city from under the ocean. The scooper says that this script has been submitted by a CAA screenwriter for consideration. This, however, flies in the face of Lucas's revelation that a script has been settled upon, so I believe there's no need to be alarmed. This is no Indy IV.
Dec. 2, 1998 Saucer Men from Mars
Thanks to walker, we have a synopsis of Jeb Stuart's script called Indiana Jones and the Saucer Men from Mars. It appears to be a genuine, if failed, Indy IV script. The script, labelled as the final draft and dated 1995, involves an alien artifact which continuously changes possession between Indy, Russian baddies, and saucer men. Besides being convoluted and unbelievable, the storyline ends in indulgent sappiness, with Indy marrying the lady linguist who accompanied him throughout the adventure. The ceremony is witnessed by Sallah, Marion, Willie, Short Round, and Henry Jones, Sr.
Nov. 9, 1998 Ford Rumored To Be Ready
Harry Knowles' AICN has another rumor to work us Indy fans into a frenzy. An Australian newspaper is reporting that Harrison is ready and filming is ready to begin on Indy IV. This, however, conflicts with Ford's currently known schedule with What Lies Beneath slated as his next film.
Nov. 6, 1998 Official Word: Indy IV Script Ready
Cinescape Insider reveals that the whispers overhead yesterday are true. At the Screen Producers' Association conference currently being held in Australia, Lucas told those in attendance that the Indy IV script has been completed, and the sole obstacle remaining is the availability of Ford and Spielberg. Come on guys, you know you want to recapture that Indy magic... What could be more important?
Rik Duel, who was in attendance at the SPAA conference, has some words of caution.
Oct. 30, 1998 Two Possible Indy IV Scripts?
For those who have been worried about the recent drought of Indy IV rumors, be careful what you wish for... Harry Knowles' AICN reports that according to a purportedly high-ranking Paramount informant, two Indy IV scripts are currently circulating. One of them excludes any possibility of Ford starring, with a young Indy in the primary storyline!
Sept. 15, 1998 Indy IV On Track for 2001?
Dark Horizons reports that in a recent interview in the Spanish magazine Fotograms, Ford reveals that Indy IV is "in an advanced phase. Because it's a production expected for the summer 2000," meaning it's on track for a 2001 release.
Personally, I've never heard of this magazine. Any info confirming its legitimacy would be appreciated.
July 9, 1998 Michelle Yeoh in Indy IV?
Dark Horizons reports that, according to Michelle Yeoh's agency, Spielberg has met with her to discuss her possible involvement in the upcoming Indy movie.
July 8, 1998 Ford Looking Forward to Working with Connery
Along with repeating his enthusiasm for playing Indy (using the same NY minute cliche), Harrison Ford reveals to Cinescape's Cindy Pearlman that he is "looking forward to working with Sean Connery again. He makes a great screen dad."
July 7, 1998 Spielberg Confirms Indy IV Plot Exists
On Fourth of July weekend, Cinescape reported that Spielberg has the plot for the fourth Indy installment worked out, and that filming could begin in the summer of 2000 with Harrison Ford starring (of course), and Sean Connery reprising his role as Indy's dad.
This fact is consistent with Ford's recent revelation that no script for Indy IV exists. A plotline is a long way from an Indy adventure on celluloid, but it's the most solid piece of Indy IV information to date... Definitely something worth cheering about.
Raiders Scripter Working on Indy IV?
On July 3, Jawad's Steven Spielberg Page received word from an anonymous Dreamworks source that Spielberg is writing the Indy IV script with Lawrence Kasdan, who scripted the original Indy adventure.
June 10, 1998 Ford on Magic Hour
Harrison Ford appeared on last night's Magic Hour, Magic Johnson's new talk show. My expectations were low and it was on late, so I taped it. I'm glad I did, because Indy was on the top of Magic's agenda. I have to admit, I got a little excited when the band played him out with the Raiders March. Check out my transcript of the Indy-related portion of the interview.
June 1, 1998 No Script, Says Ford
In an appearance on today's Rosie O'Donnell Show, Ford was asked about the prospects for another installment of the Indy saga. He expressed his desire to don the fedora again, but assures us that despite rumors to the contrary there is no script at this time, in fact, there hasn't been one for over 5 years.
May 27, 1998 AICN Indy IV Blurb
Harry Knowles' Ain't It Cool News has an Indy IV blurb, repackaging or confirming old rumors on the next Indy movie, it's difficult to tell which. Word is that Indiana Jones and the Lost Continent, the currently favored title, is due out in 2000.
May 6, 1998 Corona Says Glass Is Completely Empty
In direct conflict with Hollywood Reporter's assertion, Corona's source says no one likes Boam's latest script. The scooper's laundry list of plot points for the reportedly doomed story include the recovery of a post-WWII Nazi sub, some Dead Sea Scrolls and a metatronic, which is a apparently a divine transporter.
April 11, 1998 Cinescape and Law of One
On this day in Indy IV rumor history, Cinescape revealed that they had received a script entitled Indiana Jones: The Law of One, which dealt with Indy's pursuit of a powerful ancient device responsible for the destruction of Atlantis. Cinescape, dubious of the script from the start, later deemed it "a fake or at the very least a spec script."
February 9, 1998 Galoob Licenses Rights to Indy IV Toys
Cinescape reports that Galoob, in an SEC filing, reveals details of their licensing agreement with Lucasfilm. In the document, Indy IV is said to be currently in development. My report uncovers further details on this news item.
January 15, 1998 Raiders of the Fallen Empire
Dark Horizons posted what was purportedly the opening pages of the actual Indy IV script, entitled Raiders of the Fallen Empire, but withdrew them soon after.
January 14, 1998 Little Indys Running Around?
Corona has posted a "scoop" from someone claiming to have a source at Dreamworks. He says that Indy IV will take place post-WWII, Indy will settle down, and his dad will make an appearance. Reportedly, casting is to be completed by March.
December 30, 1997 Indy After The Other Ark?
Harry Knowles' AICN has posted an Indy IV rumour, although he views it as "highly dubious." (What Indy IV info isn't?) In this latest rumour, Indy is searching for the other lost Ark, Noah's. It's interesting to note that the scooper / rumormonger was very careful to separate it from the Sons of Darkness script, a known fake, by mentioning Kasdan's involvement.
Late 1997 Indy IV Timing
I received a message from someone claiming to be an ILM employee, which details the current plans for the timing of Indy IV production and release. While I'm wary of such claims in light of recent jokesters posting in the Forum, his information seems sound.
October 24, 1997 Indy IV That Might Have Been
Harry Knowles' AICN has a plot synopsis on an Indy IV that might have been. The 1995 script, penned by Chris Columbus, focuses on Chinese myths and was rejected by Spielberg and company.
October 12, 1997 Indy IV Info from the Trenches
I received a communique from a not-so-highly-placed mole at Paramount, reporting (among other things) that a relatively unknown actor will play Indy's younger brother.
July 15, 1997 Harrison Ford Appears on Oprah
Thanks to Paul Dobbs for being our man on the street for this one. On July 15, Harrison Ford was a guest on Oprah. When asked whether he would participate in a fourth Indy outing, Ford replied, "Oh yes, definitely. I had alot of fun doing them. It was alot of work, but I enjoyed it. Steven was really great to work with." When asked whether he would play a certain scruffy-looking scoundrel, he said no, as he doesn't feel that Han Solo has any room for character development, while he emphasized that Indy had ALOT.
Also, Sean Connery told a story equally embarrassing to both Dad and Junior. While filming Last Crusade, where the two were tied together in the burning castle, the heat was particularly intense. Since the scene would be shot from the midchest up, Connery took off his pants, and Ford followed suit. They performed the scene in their underwear.
May 30, 1997 Black Sheep of the Jones' Family?
Harry Knowles' Ain't It Cool News indicated that news on Indy IV was imminent. Reportedly, the Big Three would discuss the film in London in June '97. The proceedings of that meeting or whether it even took place is unknown. Unfortunately, along with this report the Kevin Costner as Indy's brother rumor resurfaced, with a new twist... He's Indy's EVIL brother. Oh brother... How does something this absurd get started?
The bad seed brother rumor mutated yet again, replacing Costner with Tom Selleck. While this has some resonance, since Selleck was originally considered for Indy, it's still completely ludicrous. Corona's served up this slice of baloney.
In response to Corona's report on the brother rumor, an anonymous source indicated that it's totally false. Reportedly, the fourth movie will bring back Henry Jones, Sr. and Marion Ravenwood for another adventure. The source also said that one of them dies in the film.
Early 1997 The Big Three Are Willing...
In a March 24, 1997 interview, Barbara Walters asked Harrison Ford, "Would you play Indiana Jones again?" He responded, "In a New York minute... It's a question of Steven Spielberg and I finding a slot that we have in common."
In the May 19th (1997) issue of Time, an interview with Steven Spielberg reveals that he expects to direct a fourth Indy movie, but needs to do "a lot between now and then that will frighten [him]."
In a July 25, 1997 press conference on the first Star Wars prequel, George Lucas says, "We're working on a screenplay for Indiana Jones and it's really now a matter of trying to get Steven and Harrison and all our schedules so that we can actually work on it because everyone is so busy.
May 5, 1997 Sean Connery Honored
Sean Connery was honored May 5 by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. An attendee of the gala affair has a report. This honor prompted a full-page ad in Variety, with the message Hey Dad -- Congrats! Love, Junior
January 1997 Harrison Ford in Biography Magazine
Harrison Ford adorns the cover of the January 1997 issue of Biography magazine. According to the cover story, Ford says he'd do another Indiana Jones movie "in a New York minute." Ok, he's willing. Now, when will everybody be able?
May 1996 Sons of Darkness
The infamous Sons of Darkness script was posted around Memorial Day. It was quickly identified as a bogus script meant to further the career of an aspiring, unscrupulous screenwriter.
Early 1996 Indy Heroines Want to Return
Excerpt from Parade magazine's "In Step With..." section by James Brady --First the news: Yes, there will be another "Indiana Jones" movie. And you can go to the bank on that, because my source is Mrs. Steven Spielberg, the actress Kate Capshaw--wife of the directing genius and herself the heroine of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. "Oh yeah," she told me, "all the girls [heroines of the three Indy films] are lobbying to be in it."
January 20, 1996 Indy Trilogy Screening
Adam McDaniel reports on a Rahway, NJ screening of the Indy movies.
March 21, 1995 Indy IV Delayed
Variety article by Michael Fleming
October 8, 1994 Lucas Writing Indy Screenplay
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