Ford and Spielberg to revive Indiana Jones, again

Serially unlucky small plane pilot Harrison Ford will reprise his role as the greatest action hero of all time, Indiana Jones.

Via the Mouse:

Indiana Jones will return to the big screen on July 19, 2019, for a fifth epic adventure in the blockbuster series. Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous films, will helm the as-yet-untitled project with star Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role. Franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.

“Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”

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Stock footage tribute to Raiders of the Lost Ark

The bowling ball! The melting chocolate bunny! Well done, Dissolve.

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Indiana Jones Nazi face-melting candle

Everyone hates Nazis. For decades they've been the go-to villains for movies that need bad guys. With the modern sensitivity toward Native Americans, Russians and other traditional villains of American screenwriting, I predict we will see a resurgence in film and television with lots more nasty Nazis. The Man in the High Castle, anyone?

So what could be more fun than a gift whose function perfectly follows its form than this candle of that nasty Nazi rat-bastard SS agent Arnold Ernst Toht, Gestapo agent? The little weasel gets his well-deserved comeuppance in perfect style when his face melts off like hot butter, when the hell hiding in the Ark of the Covenant is unleashed at the end of first Indiana Jones flick Raiders of the Lost Ark.

You gotta love this candle! Let's watch his soul get sucked out of his stinking Nazi skull with the flick of a match. Available from Firebox for a mere $28.39 in the UK (hence the odd price),  I really have to buy two: one to keep, and one to melt. 

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Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg announce a new Indiana Jones movie

Iconic action hero Indiana Jones will be returning to the silver screen, portrayed once again by Harrison Ford and directed by Stephen Spielberg. The movie is set to release in 2019.

Raiders of the Lost Ark is perhaps one of my favorite films, ranking up there with Das Boot. The rest of the franchise, with the Last Crusade as a near bright spot, has been junk. Read the rest

Harrison Ford can't, and fortunately won't, be replaced as Indiana Jones

The only thing that Disney seems certain about regarding any future Indiana Jones films is they don't plan on subbing in another actor as Indy.

“There are a lot of rumours,” the franchise's producer Frank Marshall says. “We haven’t even sat down to talk about Indy yet… at some point we’ll sit down. But there’s a bunch of people who could probably take the baton. … We’re not doing the Bond thing where we’re going to call somebody else Indiana Jones … we have to figure this out.”

Sorry, Chris Pratt. Mr. Ford, please put down the blaster and grab the bullwhip.

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See the shot similarities between all of the Indiana Jones films

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The art of Grant Gould

Grant Gould is probably most well known for his Star Wars trading card art and illustrating two Star Wars books, Draw Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Draw Star Wars: Rebels. He's also the creator of the original comic series Wolves of Odin and has done awesome art from just about every fantasy and scifi series out there (and even some pop culture characters too). Read the rest

Star Wars and Indiana Jones plot maps as fine art

Andrew DeGraff created a series of excellent story maps for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. Above, "Paths of Hope." The work is currently hanging at Gallery1988: Melrose in Los Angeles and viewable online and available for purchase (originals and limited prints). "Gallery1988: Andrew DeGraff & Bennett Slater" Read the rest