Get ready to see Indiana Jones don his trademark fedora and crack his whip because the creators of the billion dollar film franchise have set a date for when the next Indy movie arrives in movie theaters. Paramount Pictures, the studio behind the 1980s trilogy of “Indiana Jones” movies, has confirmed that the fourth and as-yet untitled film will be released on Thursday, May 22, 2008. That makes it 19 years since Harrison Ford was last seen playing the iconic character in 1989′s “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”.
Once again Steven Spielberg will direct the new “Indiana Jones” and George Lucas will serve as the movie’s producer. The screenplay is by David Koepp, the writer who turned in Spielberg’s screenplays for “War of the Worlds”, “Minority Report” and the first two “Jurassic Park” films. Spielberg and Lucas are out to have Sean Connery reprise his role as Indy’s father but the actor is waiting to read Koepp’s script before committing. Also rumored to be back but in cameo parts are the characters of Marion Ravenwood (played by Karen Allen in “Raiders of the Lost Ark“) and Willie Scott (played by Kate Capshaw, Spielberg’s real-life wife, in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom“).
Locations are now being scouted and filming is expected to start this spring. An ultra-tight clamp has been placed on the production, resulting in no leaks about what sort of new adventure Indy finds himself on. The only detail that has been confirmed is that the story does reflect Ford’s age (64), meaning the action in “Indiana Jones 4″ will take place sometime in the 1950s.