Indiana Jones 4 On Front Burner

Published June 25th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The fourth Indiana Jones movie is back on the front burner, as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Harrison Ford court a hot writer-director to pen a new treasure-seeking adventure: The Sixth Sense’s M. Night Shyamalan. 

So, will Indy get a psychic boy sidekick who says, “I see buried treasure”? We fervently hope not, having gone down the boy sidekick route in 1984’s disappointing Temple of Doom installment.  

Still, bringing along the Oscar-nominated Shyamalan is a sign that Indiana Jones may swing back into theaters before 2005, the date Spielberg had earlier predicted would be the earliest that the crack team of filmmakers could be assembled. Variety reports that, with the right script in hand, Spielberg would start directing the next Indy film in 2002.  

It’s been 11 years since the third film in the series, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, hit theaters. Since the three principals had decided only to do a film if all were involved and mutually approved the concept and script, it’s no surprise that it’s taken this long for them to find some collective free time in their schedules.  

Numerous scripts have been written; including one by the late Jeffrey Boam, who also penned the third Indy installment, and languished while Messers Spielberg, Lucas, and Ford busied themselves elsewhere. Now Ford may have time to finally reappear as the Fedora-wearing Jones, having turned down another go as Jack Ryan in The Sum of All Fears.  

Variety’s sources say that Shyamalan would likely start writing the script in January, after he finishes Unbreakable. Since Shyamalan was paid $10 million to write and direct his Sixth Sense follow-up, there’s no telling what his services would be worth these days as a mere scribe--MR.SHOWBIZ 

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