Director Steven Spielberg has two very different movies coming out this holiday season. One is a fun, animated action-adventure (The Adventures of Tintin), while the other is a very serious drama about World War I (War Horse). In anticipation of the release of those films, The Beard recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly. His full interview will run in the latest issue, but the director made some comments regarding Michael Bay returning for a fourth Transformers pic and gave an update on Indiana Jones 5, both of which are now available. In addition, he addressed recent discouraging comments he made about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Jamie Benning has previously put together “filmumentaries” where he goes along with a movie and adds interviews as commentary and production notes and behind-the-scenes footage that runs concurrently with the motion picture. He has now turned his attention to Raiders of the Lost Ark and while his work is unofficial, I doubt any official documentary will be able to match what he’s put together, especially since Steven Spielberg doesn’t do audio commentaries. The first 17 minutes of his new filmumentary, Raiding the Lost Ark has gone online and it’s a must-see. It reminded me that it’s been too long since I last watched Raiders and how many details I missed or forgotten.
Hit the jump to check out the first seventeen minutes of Raiding the Lost Ark. There’s no word on when the full documentary will be released, but Benning will put it online when it’s finished.
Steven Spielberg is making the press rounds for The Adventures of Tintin, and naturally he’s being asked the future of his franchises, specifically Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones. In June, we reported that Spielberg was brainstorming ideas with screenwriter Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend) on how to reboot the Jurassic Park. In a recent interview with Empire, Spielberg provided an update on the project:
“The screenplay is being written right now by Mark Protosevich. I’m hoping that will come out in the next couple of years. We have a good story. We have a better story for four than we had for three…”
Perhaps there will be less of a reliance on raptor whistles this time around. Hit the jump for what Spielberg had to say about the shortcomings of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and the status of Indiana Jones 5.
by Jason Barr Posted: September 17th, 2011 at 10:04 am
With the craziness that is the Toronto International Film Festival winding down this weekend, things around Collider are slowly shifting back into normalcy (whatever that means). Although I’ll talk more about TIFF after the jump, I’d like to take this space to give Steve, Matt and Phil a big “thumbs up” for a job well done in covering the event. Especially our own Mr. Goldberg who, by my last count, has turned in an impressive 33 film reviews over the last nine days. Kudos, gentlemen. Now, enough with the backpatting…
In this week’s installment, you’ll find our recap of the Raiders of the Lost Ark Los Angeles screening with Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford, the first look at Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, interviews with Drive‘s Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn, an exclusive with Megan Fox where she discusses (among other things) whether or not she has seen Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and all of our TIFF 2011 coverage in one place. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.
by Tommy Cook Posted: September 13th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Raiders of the Lost Ark, make no mistake, is a film that trades on nostalgia – mostly for the action sci-fi serials of the 30s, which in turn were escapist entertainments extolling herculean dashing do-gooders, loyal dames, a time when no matter what happened or obstacle faced, everything was going to be just fine. Times, people and places that never were. A nostalgia for nostalgia. What a strange and appropriate fate then that Raiders itself becomes a very token of the nostalgia it glorifies. How many times has one heard/said/thought ‘They just don’t make ‘em like Raiders anymore.’ Or ‘remember when action films were good – like Raiders.’ Or ‘I remember the first time I saw Raiders…’ A nostalgia for nostalgia for nostalgia. Re-watching the film again up on the big screen for the very first time (as part of The LA Times Hero Complex 30th Anniversary Screening), I’m struck not by just how good the film is (because it is the seminal action adventure film), but more so by how sometimes the past really is just as rose tinted as you imagined/remember. Raiders of the Lost Ark is filmic proof.
After the screening, Steven Spielberg appeared for a Q&A with a surprise mystery guest (Harrison Ford). They talked about making the film, will they do Indiana Jones 5, “fixing” E.T. , and a lot more. For the bullet point highlights of Q&A, hit the jump.
by Jason Barr Posted: September 7th, 2011 at 1:18 pm
Advance warning that the audio and video quality of this video is far from ideal. Nevertheless, I’m guessing that fans of the franchise are willing to sacrifice quality for what appears to be an ultra-rare outtake from the set of Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. What you’ll find after the jump is a video of Barbra Streisand, Carrie Fisher, and The Empire Strikes Back‘s late director Irvin Kershner showing up to play a little practical joke on Harrison Ford during the scene in which Indy is being whipped by the Thuggee goon at Mola Ram’s temple.
The video is reportedly from Spielberg’s personal reels although there is no absolute confirmation on that front. Watch the video and read a rough transcription of it (yeah, it’s that low quality) after the jump.
Raiders of the Lost Ark is frequently cited by our kind as the epitome of the action-adventure genre. It is as perfect as perfect gets. Few men are so equipped to exalt the greatness of Raiders as eloquently as Damon Lindelof. The co-creator of Lost and one of the minds behind the Star Trek reboot has parlayed his status to become a curator of geek culture, which this weeks takes the form of a love letter to the 1981 film. Here’s an excerpt:
I could go on for pages about just the little things. Like the sound you make when Indy punches someone in the face. Or that Marion’s superpower is drinking. And don’t even get me started on the coat hanger. Where did that Nazi even get that thing? Did he special-order it? “I need somezing that vill terrify people when I take it out, but then give them a false sense of relief when I reveal it is simply somezing on vich to hang my coat.” Seriously. The best.
Read the full letter after the jump.
If you’re an Indiana Jones fan and going to Comic-Con this week, get ready to drop a few bucks at the Hasbro booth. That’s because they’re going to be selling the “lost wave” of Raiders of the Lost Ark figures and they’re in an amazing bit of packaging. As you can see after the jump, all the figures come in a special box which looks great on its own. Inside you’ll get Indiana Jones (ultimate version with a brand new head sculpt), Marion Ravenwood, Satipo, German Mechanic, Indy in German Disguise, and Toht (with extra melted head!). Trust me, look at the pictures. You’ll want one. This is definitely going to sell out.
So does anyone want to talk to Shia LaBeouf about his role in John Hillcoat’s upcoming Prohibition-era drama The Wettest County in the World? Of course not! We want to hear about sequels both real and imagined. Let’s start with the imagined: LaBeouf tells MTV that he thinks Indiana Jones 5 is “not so far off” because—wait for it—Harrison Ford is going to the gym and George Lucas is ruminating on a MacGuffin. Wow. I’m amazed cameras haven’t already started rolling with that kind of pre-production movement.
In slightly more substantial but not wholly surprising sequel news, LaBeouf says he won’t return for a fourth Transformers film and he doesn’t expect director Michael Bay to return either. I imagine you can only yell “Optimus!” so many times before it starts to sound silly. Speaking to MTV, LaBeouf says, “It still is a hot property, I think, especially coming out of the third one. So I imagine they’ll reboot it at some point with someone else.” Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens in 3D on June 29th.
If Indiana Jones 5 ever comes to pass, it will likely be the last time Harrison Ford ever picks up the hat and whip. But the manner of that exit is important and sources tell Showbiz Spy that “Harrison thinks it would be good for Indy to die and pass on his hat to his son in the next one.” That would also involve bringing back Shia LaBeouf, who publicly admitted that he didn’t think much of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Showbiz Spy’s sources also say that while producer George Lucas is resistant to the idea, Steven Spielberg is considering it. While I would like to say that I’m okay with killing off Indy as long as it’s done with dignity, Crystal Skull indicated that “dignity” really has no place in the future of this franchise. Indiana Jones will most likely die while strapped to a rocket that’s being shot into the moon.
Of course, you can file this one under “rumor” for right now, but I’m sure Ford can’t wait to be asked about it eight billion times if/when he does press for Cowboys & Aliens, which opens July 29, 2011. [Update: Speaking to The Huffington Post, representatives for Ford deny Showbiz Spy's story and say that reports of the actor wanting to kill off the character are false]
Hot on the heels of the long-gestating news that Lucasfilm intends to begin rereleasing all six Star Wars episodes in 3D starting in 2012 (covered here), the internet rumor bees went abuzz about the possibility that this could mean another threequel of Star Wars episodes, as it would mirror the announcement of The Phantom Menace and the digitally re-mastered releases of the original trilogy in the 90’s.
In much less dramatic fashion, it seems to have rather signaled the development of 3D post-conversions for the Indiana Jones films. Raiders of the Lost Ark is obviously 1st up in the queue, and it’s unclear whether the one-a-year strategy planned for Star Wars will be carried over for these or where the theatrical runs of the two series will fall with respect to one another. According to Blue Sky Disney, George Lucas is expected to make an official announcement next month, and if it all pans out as reported we’ll have more for you then.
Hit the jump for more on 3D post-conversion and why nostalgia should be held sacred.
Indiana Jones rumors are like tabloids. You can’t stop reading them even though most of the time they’re wrong. Well, the latest rumor circling the web about Indiana Jones 5 is that it will be about, or set in, the Bermuda Triangle and start filming next year. An anonymous source claimed: “George [Lucas] and Steven [Spielberg] have been working on a script and it’s almost there.”
Like most rumors, you’ve got to take this with a grain of salt. Lucas has been producing Red Tails and Spielberg has been attached to, well, a million things so who knows when either would have the time to work on a script. Then again, Harrison Ford and Shia LaBeouf have each dropped hints in recent months that could point to the Triangle.
For more possible information on the sequel and the Bermuda Triangle, hit the jump. [UPDATE: Producer Frank Marshall tweeted "The rumor about INDY 5 is completely false. Nothing has changed, we are not shooting next year and still in the research phase..."]
Harrison Ford told the BBC that there is now an official idea for the plot to Indiana Jones 5.
“Steven [Spielberg] and George [Lucas] and I are sort of agreed on a germ of an idea and we’re seeing what comes of it,” the star said.
What does this mean? Well, first things first, it means our nightmares have come true. An unnecessary follow up to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is imminent. But it could take a while.
“The process works like this,” Ford continued. “We come to some basic agreement and then George goes away for a long time and works on it. Then Steven and I get it in some form, some embryonic form. Then if we like it, we start working with George on it and at some point down the line it’s ready and we do it.”
Hit the jump to read where this statement puts us, production hurdles for the filmmakers and more.
With the expected success of James Cameron’s Avatar, a 3-Dimensional craze has begun to sweep Hollywood according to Waxword columnist Sharon Waxman over at The Wrap. Although filming completed some time ago and despite a trailer already online, director Ridley Scott is apparently seeking approval from Universal executives to create a 3D version to his $200 million Robin Hood reimagining. A deal is currently in the works with Studio Canal-the studio that owns the rights to Cameron’s legendary “Terminator 2″-to fast track a screen-popping version of the film.
Hit the jump for more directors looking to send audience’s eyes into a frenzy.
From the horse’s mouth, it seems that The Man with the Hat is gearing up for another global adventure in the next few years. Harrison Ford says that work on the story for the fifth “Indiana Jones” film has started and that George Lucas is currently at work on a treatment after the he, Steven Spielberg, and Ford agreed on a general story idea. Ford says, “If the script is good, I’ll be very happy to put on the costume again.” Another film was almost a no brainer financially after the strong box office showing of 2008′s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”, which had an opening weekend gross of over $126 million and a final gross of $317 million on an estimated $185 million budget. Money is one thing, however, as the critical and fan response to the film was lackluster at best. Grab your whip and hit the jump to read more.