Vanity Fair sneaks peeks Indy and the Crystal Skull

Happy New Year! We start off this year with a bit of fun instead of actual archaeology – Vanity Fair has an exclusive on-set report on the upcoming movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!

Vanity Fair, Feb 2008

Keys to the Kingdom
Vanity Fair, February 2008


Of course, I’m going to cut to the fat and just highlight the *SPOILER WARNING*:

And then (spoiler warning) Lucas gets a little more (spoiler alert) specific: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will apparently nudge our hero away from his usual milieu of spooky archaeology and into the realm of (spoiler Code Red) science fiction. “What it is that made it perfect was the fact that the MacGuffin I wanted to use and the idea that Harrison would be 20 years older would fit,” Lucas says. “So that put it in the mid-50s, and the MacGuffin I was looking at was perfect for the mid-50s. I looked around and I said, ‘Well, maybe we shouldn’t do a 30s serial, because now we’re in the 50s. What is the same kind of cheesy-entertainment action movie, what was the secret B movie, of the 50s?’ So instead of doing a 30s Republic serial, we’re doing a B science-fiction movie from the 50s. The ones I’m talking about are, like, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Blob, The Thing. So by putting it in that context, it gave me a way of approaching the whole thing.”

Alright, that doesn’t really say much, does it? But that’s the point, huh? You can read the full post here.


Get Indy stuff here:
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The Adventures of Indiana Jones – The Complete DVD Movie Collection (Full Screen Edition)

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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