Saturday, May 17, 2008

Indy! Indy! Indy! (pant, pant)

Reading this preview of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull dims my already pessimistic view of it. With a memorable Photoshop pic and the headline "George Lucas must be stopped," Victor Godinez at the Dallas Morning News' Screening Room blog frets over the revelation that producer George Lucas originally wanted to entitle the film Indiana Jones and the Saucer Men from Mars. More distressing is the second half of that sentence in the story, revealing that it took a decade for Lucas, Spielberg, and Harrison Ford to agree on a plot. A decade means ten years, folks. Given the basic Amazonian adventure plot, the Cold War underpinnings, and the rumored appearance of an alien presence, this makes it seem like the film is going to have a plot to satisfy each of its masters.

Add that Karen Black is returning, and suddenly this feels like the last episode of Cheers, where all the old cast mates get together and reminisce and try to sum up the meaning of life.

The film is set to debut for critics at the Cannes International Film Festival Sunday evening.

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