Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Indiana Jones update First look: Whip cracks over new 'Indiana Jones' movie

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.

"He's teaching and having kind of a quiet life," the producer says. 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.

Despite all the gray-hair jokes (Harrison Ford is 65), Indy is still swinging from dangerous precipices and absorbing punches.

There's a few plot items in it. I like what they say here: "Indy's a fallible character. He makes mistakes and gets hurt. He has a few more aches and pains now," Marshall says. "That's the other thing people like: He's a real character, not a character with superpowers."

I think that's true. He doesn't really have any special powers -- no martial arts, no super-precision shooting skills -- he's just smart and he's incredibly tenacious. That resonates with audiences, I think.