So the Powers that Be have finally given the latest Indiana Jones adventure a title: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. At least that’s according to Indiana Jones 4 actor Shia LaBeouf, who made the announcement last night at the MTV Video Music Awards show. You know, the awards show that isn’t really an awards show, and the one that everyone is going to be talking about not for Shia’s announcement, but instead for the extremely terrible performance Britney Spears gave. But I digress. So apparently the title is “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and not the oft-mentioned “Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods” as originally expected, rumored, and theorized given the film’s plot, which may or may not still hold water at the moment. Methinks the filmmakers behind Indy 4 realized most of the net already knew the ending of their film and decided to change it up fast.
For months, if not years, the name of this latest Indy adventure has been debated. Last month, it seemed that the field of contenders had been narrowed when it was discovered that Lucasfilm had registered six names with the Motion Picture Association of America. In addition to the winning name, there was “Indiana Jones and the City of Gods,” “Indiana Jones and the Destroyer of Worlds,” “Indiana Jones and the Fourth Corner of the Earth,” “Indiana Jones and the Lost City of Gold,” and “Indiana Jones and the Quest for the Covenant.”
Ever since the last Indiana Jones adventure, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” was released in 1989, rumors of a fourth film have run wild. Several high-profile Hollywood writers, including Frank Darabont (“The Shawshank Redemption”) (see “After ‘Waste Of A Year’ On ‘Indy 4,’ Director Rebounds With Stephen King’s ‘Mist’ “) and M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”) were signed on to pen the sequel in the last few years. In the end, it was a polished script by David Koepp (“War of the Worlds”) that convinced Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford to break out the famed fedora one more time. The film has been shooting since June in locations ranging from Connecticut to Hawaii.
Regardless of what they call this thing, I’m not sure how excited I’m supposed to be to see a 65 year old man running around punching bad guys.