Tuesday, February 5, 2008

New photos from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and some story-line secrets...

Three new photos of the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull were released, and the highly awaited trailer could be released on Valentine's day - February 14th.

On the first picture above, Indy is inside the famous government warehouse that we saw at the end of Raiders of the lost ark, presumably to find againthe Ark, and all the question is: WHY? We will have the answer in 3 months and 2 weeks from now, so, it's not too long to wait.

The next picture show Indy, and his son - play by Shia LaBeouf and Karen Allen who play again the Marion Raverwood character from "Raiders". Obviously they're not in lack of weapons!

The third one is an Empire magazine exclusive , and show the "villain" character russian agent Irina Spalko play by the excellent Cate Blanchett, and Indy seems to be in trouble!

Finally - look out, spoliers ahead - here is a picture of how the " crystal skull " should look. This is not the picture shown on the MovieWeb.com web site - the picture was removed today, probably on the request of Lucas film. This one below is a promotional flyer from Japanese company Takara Neduke, makers of necklaces and trinkets, and was posted by Action Figure Insider.

And if you have the feeling that this skull could be more extra-terrestrial than human, you may be close to one of the plot's secret. Nothing confirmed, however, but this Lucas interview from IGN Movies tell us more:

" I'm the one that has to come up with the story, and the MacGuffin, the supernatural object that everyone's going after," Lucas said, referring to the Hitchcockian term for the plot gimmick that propels the narrative forward. Lucas stuck with his long-gestating idea even when Spielberg and series star Harrison Ford continuously rejected it.

"So this went on for 15 years," Lucas recalled. "And finally we got to a point where everybody said, 'Look, we're not doing that movie.' And I said, 'Well, look, I can't think of another MacGuffin. This is it. This works. I know this works.' And then we stopped. I just said, 'O.K.,' and that's about the time I started Star Wars again. But then Harrison was kind of interested. And I said, 'I won't do it unless we can have that MacGuffin. Without the MacGuffin, I will not go near this thing.'"

The filmmakers finally found an approach to Lucas' MacGuffin that they all agreed on when David Koepp turned in his screenplay. "What it is that made it perfect was the fact that the MacGuffin I wanted to use and the idea that Harrison would be 20 years older would fit," Lucas told the magazine.

"So that put it in the mid-50s, and the MacGuffin I was looking at was perfect for the mid-50s. I looked around and I said, 'Well, maybe we shouldn't do a 30s serial, because now we're in the 50s. What is the same kind of cheesy-entertainment action movie, what was the secret B movie, of the 50s?' So instead of doing a 30s Republic serial, we're doing a B science-fiction movie from the 50s. The ones I'm talking about are, like, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Blob, The Thing. So by putting it in that context, it gave me a way of approaching the whole thing."

Let's end with something fun with an Indiana Jones merchandise item that i've never expected to see in my lifetime, and it's an Indiana Jones Potato head! It will be released on May 1st and the figure include a jacket, whip and fedora, and a kind of Raiders idol.

Photos: copyright Lucas film ltd and Indiana Jones.com

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