Steven Spielberg

Nostalgia or Dementia?

Posted on:  February 1, 2007


I recently read that the fourth INDIANA JONES movie will finally begin shooting soon here in Los Angeles. The film’s screenplay and plot which supposedly endured constant wrangling and several revisions is being guarded tightly, something producer George Lucas has done very well over the years from making six Star Wars movies.

Harrison Ford (whose involvement hinged on his approval of the script) is turning sixty-five this July so one has to question whether his advanced age will be written into the story. Obviously anything is possible these days so making him look “younger” can be achieved rather easily. It’s also rather obvious that the luster in Mr. Ford’s star has steadily dulled over the years with a long streak of weak projects and box office flops, so he would love nothing than to return triumphantly playing a character that ruled the box office once before.

I sincerely hope that they have a screen story on par with Raiders of the Lost Ark and that Steven Spielberg and George Lucas stay true and shoot the movie in a more “traditional” sense not because i’m some sort of purist, (although part of me is) but to prevent it from being a CG fest much like Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace. (We all know how that turned out)

The screenwriter for Indy Four on record per IMDB is David Koepp, whose recent projects include War of the Worlds and Zathura. Most notably he wrote the screenplays for the first Spider-Man film as well as Jurassic Park and Mission: Impossible. All successful films so his track record is reliable however, a common factor between the Star Wars prequels and this new Indy film is the non-involvement of screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan whose knack for writing charming and believable dialogue made the Raiders and the original Star Wars trilogy memorable. (and as history has proven, quite quotable)

I‘m willing to go out on a limb and say that this film, much like the aforementioned Star Wars prequels will only bear a minute resemblance to it’s vastly superior ancestors.

…. on a similar note….

Even old rock groups are joining the nostalgia bandwagon. It seems that one of my favorite bands of all time, The Police is reuniting to perform at this year’s Grammy Awards and possibly followed by a summer tour. Likewise the eighties version of the band Genesis has reformed and will tour Europe and North America. Again, no question that Sting and Phil Collins are needing to get some of their mojo back….

Where’s Boy George when you need him. (or her?) Sketch done in Sketchbook Pro and Photoshop.