The whip-cracking archaeologist superhero immortalized by Harrison Ford returns to the screen with a saga inspired by a Mayan legend involving crystal skulls and supernatural powers. (Story: France2, N. Rushworth)
"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" is the hotly anticipated follow up to the third chapter of the franchise, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" released 19 years ago.
With a red-carpet world premiere likely to be watched by thousands of fans in the
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"It's a nice place when it's not raining," he added, referring to cool and wet weather during the festival this year.
But he added that the risk of negative reviews from the festival's notoriously picky critics was "probably higher" than a launch in, say,
Lucas also expected a backlash from the public, recalling how unpopular he was with many fans when he revived the original "Star Wars" franchise with the 1999 movie "Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace".
"I explained to Steven when we sat down on this, I said ... when you do a film that's this anticipated, people have a tendency to believe it's going to be the second coming and no matter what you give them they're going to be disappointed.
"We're all going to get people throwing tomatoes at us. But it's a fun movie to make. We love it."
Ford was also confident the fourth Indiana Jones instalment would wow viewers.
"We have a degree of confidence that it will be an experience that people will enjoy," the 65-year-old said, adding that there had been no attempt to hide his age.
The story of the Crystal Skull is set in 1957, 19 years on from the plot of the third movie in a franchise which has made over $1 billion at the global box office in 1980s dollar terms.
Ford teams up again with Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, his love interest in the first film, "Raiders of the Lost Ark".
Shia LaBeouf also stars, and Australian actress Cate Blanchett plays Soviet agent Irina Spalko.
Asked if he, Spielberg and Ford were planning a fifth Indiana Jones movie, Lucas replied: "Harrison, Steven and I haven't talked about it. We can't do it unless I can come up with a good idea, which I haven't."
Date created : 2008-05-18