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Image: Frank Marshall on Twitter

Notes from the world of Indiana Jones, Feb. 27, 2022

Last week, this space was thrilled to note Frank Marshall, tweeting about the “Home stretch…” for the fifth installment of the adventures of Indiana Jones.

Marshall’s February 20

Today, two of the biggest names from that production announced the end of the line.

Tweeting the End

Director James Mangold tweeted:

And Marshall again tweeted, and followed up with:

Beyond the tweets of the two filmmakers, there’s little more to share in terms of news about the film. Although, Indy remains set to ride again on June 30, 2023.

Meanwhile, Mangold is poised to delve into the life of Buster Keaton, while Marshall has the documentary entitled Picabo streaming on Peacock.

Keep Your Eyes Shut?

Image: Lucasfilm. GIF: Military Times.

Interestingly, Mangold posted a picture of the aftermath of “the power of God” dealing with the Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark. “And so begins the first day after the storm..” he wrote.

And given some of the fan rhetoric surrounding the development and production of Indy V, it’s understandable that Mangold intimates the kind of crucible he’s been in during the filming.

Some of that pressure may also be seen on his Twitter page, where “the power of God or something,” wreaking devastation is front and center in a still from Raiders in the title image.

Screencap from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Image: Lucasfilm.

Time will tell if any of the worst or best expectations come to fruition.

Retro-style Art Celebrates the OT

Although there’s been no “official” news on Indy V, Lucasfilm is by no means ignoring their beloved IP.

However, the Lucasfilm blog continues to look back at the first three films as each movie encounters its 40th anniversary.

Lucasfilm.com pointed to limited editions of three lithographs depicting Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Temple of Doom, and The Last Crusade.

The artist of the series, Eric Elia, spoke of the work:

I use traditional media in a realistic style to create my art. The Indiana Jones films have a long history of traditional artwork that really complements the old-world aesthetic of Indiana Jones and its 1930s – ‘50s adventure film roots. I wanted to emulate the grittier illustrative quality of Richard Amsel and Drew Struzan, and used a similar technique to theirs, overlaying airbrushed acrylic paint over a gessoed board to tint my pencil drawing and later add detail using colored pencil.

Learn more at Lucasfilm.com.

Life Imitates Art

Finally, in the latest “ignore the curmudgeon” moment for Harrison Ford, the on-screen hero came to the aid of a colleague on set.

On Friday, Express.co.uk reported, “Indiana Jones: Harrison Ford ‘saved a life during medical emergency.'”

Callum Crumlish posted:

The production of Indiana Jones 5 is slowly wrapping up, but while fans are patiently awaiting the release of new information about the movie, Harrison Ford has been saving the lives of his colleagues. The Star Wars actor reportedly jumped into action when someone needed him most during production in Pinewood Studios in the UK earlier this month.

Crumlish cited media reports originating in The Sun on February 22.

The Hollywood actor, 79, was filming the last scenes for the movie when the man collapsed.

  • The star shouted: “Get me a medic quick.”
  • A source said: “They’ve been at Pinewood and are due to finish Friday [Feb. 25].
  • “All of a sudden a male member of crew collapsed.
  • “Harrison was standing just yards away and yelled for a medic.
  • “There was a huge amount of panic.
  • “The on-site first aider did CPR while they waited for an air ambulance and paramedics to arrive.”

Sometimes, it’s just comforting to see life imitating art in times like these, especially the Indiana Jones series.