Indy IV plot details — a producer speaks, again.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull producer Frank Marshall has spilled a few more details about the film — this time to USA Today — and once again, he’s basically just confirming what the rumour mill has been saying for months now. He even teases us with a possible reference to those alien rumours:

The artifact of the title is inspired by real quartz sculptures of disputed origins that are carved in a way that defies the natural structure of the crystal.

“The theory is they are shaped by higher powers or alien powers or came from another world, or an ancient Mayan civilization had the powers,” Marshall says.

The Cate Blanchett character also has a name, now:

The Nazis are no longer Indy’s chief foe — he’s racing for the Crystal Skull against operatives from the Soviet Union, including Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as the seductive Agent Spalko. “Indy always has a love-hate relationship with every woman he ever comes in contact with,” Marshall says.

I must also nitpick one little detail here:

When last we saw Indy, he was riding off into the sunset in 1989’s The Last Crusade, set in 1938 near the start of World War II. The new movie, due this spring, is set at the height of the Cold War in 1957, so the character has aged in real time — 19 years.

While it may be true that both Indiana Jones and Harrison Ford have aged the same number of years since the last movie, the last movie was produced 8 years after the first movie but was supposedly set only 2 years after it, so Harrison Ford would still be about 6 years older than the character he is playing. So Indy has aged in “real time” — but only to a point. No big deal, though.

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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • Sam Norton

    The fact that you nitpick such details is just one reason why I love your blog.