by Chris Haire
Vanity Fair has a fanboy-rific article on the new Indiana Jones flick, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. (Damn you, George Lucas and your clunky titles, but God bless your neck fat. You look more and more panda like every year.) As far where the film might be going plot-wise, here's a bit from the Emperor Lucas himself:
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.”
Garth Franklin at Dark Horizons has uncovered even more plot details thanks, oddly enough, to a Lego Playset for the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
The third and big one shows the Temple of the Crystal Skull itself. The shot has lots of strange elements including alien skeletons, natives, and hints of the temple itself opening up to reveal something other-worldly.