Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Premiering at Cannes
A few days ago a rumor began spreading that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull would premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in France, which runs from May 15th to 25th. Variety seems to have some confirmation today (give or take that ominous question mark in their title), saying that the film will premiere on Sunday, May 18th in Cannes. While the deal isn't official, apparently those are the preliminary details for the world wide debut of Indy's next adventure. Steven Spielberg and his cast have already been told to prepare for an appearance on the red carpet in Cannes this May.
The last time Spielberg appeared at the Cannes Film Festival was in 1982 to debut E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. And we all know how well that movie played after premiering there. Are we ready for a similar repeat again 26 years down the line?
Why is this an important thing to point out, especially when all the die-hard Indiana Jones fans won't be enjoying that world premiere in France? Well, speculation that the film won't be screened for press at all beforehand now seems to make a lot more sense. Usually a big film like this screens for the first time for press on the Monday before its opening. Considering Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is arriving in theaters on Thursday, May 22nd (or probably Wednesday night for that matter), and the world premiere scheduled for Sunday, the 18th, just four days beforehand, it doesn't seem like there is much room for press screenings to be fit in. But I could be wrong and only time will tell.
The "thought" is that if a film doesn't screen for press, it's because the studio thinks it's crap and doesn't want them to see it before they can show it to paying moviegoers. I don't agree with that theory - especially for a film like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull that deserves to be shown to fans before the press. Whatever the case may be, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is going to be an epic and unforgettable opening. I'd start preparing to camp out right now if I were you.