Monday, May 12, 2008

Indiana Jones - Total SciFi: Frank Marshall Interview

From Total SciFi:

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Posted on Monday 12 May 2008

Frank Marshall: Keeping up with the Joneses

Frank Marshall has had a long career as both a producer (with films such as Signs, The Bourne Identity and Poltergeist) and director (helming the likes of Alive and Arachnophobia). He has now returned to produce the new Indy adventure, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. “It really did feel that we were just picking up where we left off all those years ago,” he tells David Grove.

What was it like to return to the Indiana Jones franchise after almost 20 years?

Steven said it was like getting back on a bike you loved to ride as a kid, and I think we all feel that way. It was also like a great reunion, with Harrison Ford and Karen Allen, and all us being back together. We’ve stayed in touch over the years, and there was the big DVD release a couple of years ago, but when we stepped onto the set in New Mexico for the first day of shooting it was a real blast from the past.

We were all in our 30s when we made Raiders of the Lost Ark and now we’re in our 60s, and our careers and lives have gone in all sorts of interesting and unexpected directions. So it was a real moving experience to be back together.


Would you say that Crystal Skull has a much stronger science fiction element than the previous movies?

Yes, there’s a strong science fiction element in the story. It’s key to the story, all in the context of the archeology and the supernatural-mystery elements that are a part of any Indiana Jones adventure. This is set in the 1950s, and George Lucas grew up in that period watching lots and lots of science fiction shows. Much like the serial adventure film defined the 1930s, the science fiction B-movies defined the 1950s, at least for George and Steven.


Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is released in UK and US cinemas on 22 May 2008.

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