First Official Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Poster!!
It's early morning on Monday and of all wonderful things that I could have showed up today, it's the gorgeous new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull poster! It's beautifully drawn by incredibly talented Drew Struzan and comes straight from IndianaJones.com. If there's one thing you make sure you admire this Monday, it better be this poster! I've listened to John Williams' iconic Indiana Jones theme on that website for about 20 minutes straight while writing about this poster, and I am without a doubt more excited for Indiana Jones IV than about anything else at the moment.
USA Today has an article with some interesting plot updates from producer Frank Marshall.
"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."
"Once the archaeologist is thrust back into danger, the signature Indiana Jones red line tracing across the map will take him to New Mexico, Connecticut, Mexico City and the jungles of Peru."
"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. Ray Winstone, currently the star of Beowulf, co-stars as an unethical rival archaeologist."
"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."
For reference, here are the previous Indiana Jones posters from the original three movies. The teaser posters are featured first.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg with a story by George Lucas and screenplay by David Koepp (Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds). The movie arrives in theaters next summer on May 22nd, 2008!