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!
Reader Feedback - 24 Comments
Number one on my "must see" list (just edging out The Dark Knight). I've been an Indy fan ever since I can remember (I even own the hat!), and I'll wallowing in fanboy ecstacy when its released. Shame about the title, though (echoes of Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones).
Nathan on Dec 10, 2007
This is also #1 on my list of movies for '08. Anything that you grew up watching always has a special spot in our hearts.
PG on Dec 10, 2007
Why am I just not that excited for this? I mean I really want to be, I love Indy, I loved watching these movies as a kid, but my hype level for it is just so low! Maybe I just need to see a trailer or something more than some poster art.
Icarus on Dec 10, 2007
The best movie of 08 no doubt!! i havn't been as excited for a movie since i saw the trailer for matrix reloaded!!! I am a huge indie fan and i know as soon as i hear the amainzng john willians score i'm gunna go nuts!! literally! i wouldn't want to be sitting next to me when the first trailer launches!
ha1rball on Dec 10, 2007
I agree with all of the above, i'm really hoping the world for this one.
Zach on Dec 10, 2007
they did a fantastic job sticking with the original teaser poster style. let's hope the actual movie poster with be similar to the others! i think we will be ok as far as similar "clones and phantom menace's" spielberg is on board! needless to say, i am excited!
taurin on Dec 10, 2007
Cant wait for this movie, awesome teaser posters! I was hoping they would do something amazing with their storyline, magic skulls seems to do it for me, long as they dont get too crazy.
Kamic on Dec 10, 2007
Directed by Steven Spielberg with a story by George Lucas. You can't loose with that dream team combo! I can't wait!
jimi on Dec 10, 2007
Hate the typography of the subtitle! Otherwise, just beautiful. Compare to the older posters--the font and layout feels like a generic Spiderman poster type nod, particularly with the ugly date in white below.
Bill on Dec 10, 2007
I thought Indy drank from the Holy Grail... the character shouldn't age much
Jason on Dec 10, 2007
He did, but you can't take the grail (or its powers) past the seal.
Mike on Dec 10, 2007
story by George lucas = only downfall
lol on Dec 10, 2007
Where in hell are the Nazis?
Jimsome on Dec 11, 2007
Is it just me, or does Indy look strangely like Scott Bakula in this poster?
Thorn on Dec 11, 2007
The difference is great - I think Ford`s age prevented the poster designer to make his big portrait as it was in the 80`s.
Artyom on Dec 11, 2007
Actually, you're referencing the VHS release poster for Raiders. Here's the original movie release poster: http://posterwire.com/wp-content/images/raiders_of_the_lost_ark.jpg
Dave on Dec 11, 2007
I think Dark Knight *just* edges out this one for me, but I sincerely hope it's very good.
Andrew on Dec 13, 2007
I think that they'll replace the Nazis with communists in this one.
Sam on Dec 26, 2007
Sorry about the last comment as it was already mentioned in the article. I must of missed it, ill wear my glasses and read before I leave comments.
Sam on Dec 26, 2007
His hat is too small; this is the defining attribute of Indiana Jones. They should have gone back as close as possible to Raider's style. The hat, just like the quality of each sequel, has diminished successively. The LC poster attempted to make the hat look more like the one in Raider's, but in the actual LC movie it is the smallest one in the "trilogy" and the worst-looking. This latest movie will be on par with the appearance of the hat- a bombfest. The hat is the key.
Russell on Dec 31, 2007
The brim of the hat in the teaser poster is a bit small, but I don't think it's a representation of the hat used in the actual movie based on the teaser pictures that I've seen. The hat looks like it will be the same familiar Indy hat. Just for reference sake, the dress hats of the late fifities and early sixties did sport a smaller brim, but again I don't think Indy's hat will reflect this in the movie. As for the movie itself, even if it turns out to be a sub par Indy adventure in the same vein as Temple of Doom it's still going to be a blast seeing a beloved character doing what he was created to do, making it up as he goes. On May 22nd it's just simply going to be about revisiting memories in a whole new way.
Jon on Jan 1, 2008
could not be more excited for this movie. i remember seeing temple of doom in the theater and just being so utterly enthralled with it!! found this game online for the "temple of doom" sorta feel: http://www.fyrebug.com/displaygame.php?gameid=1253 pretty fun. plus, other than the indiana jones theme, its the best music from the series!
WhY sO seRIouS on Jan 7, 2008
You mean the Spiderman 3 font? er, I mean the Playstaion 3 font? crap, where am I going with this?
timekeeping software on May 30, 2009
In very small letters The producers would like to thank the generous contributions of the AARP.
all politics aside on Jun 17, 2009
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