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Digitally rejuvenated, Indiana Jones fights Nazis again

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Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny - Reporter at The European Times News

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On June 30, the fifth and last movie about Indiana Jones – “Clock of Fate” is released. It will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18, when Harrison Ford will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. On this date, but 15 years ago, “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” was also released.

The event is expected with great interest also because of the scenes in which Harrison Ford is digitally rejuvenated. With them, it goes back to the previous series, especially the first two. This was necessary because just two weeks after the premiere – on July 13, the legendary actor turned 81 years old.

Something else, however, is historical. It is the first film in the series not to be directed by Steven Spielberg and not written by George Lucas, who are executive producers. And the first that does not come out of the film studio “Paramount”, after “Walt Disney” bought “Lucasfilm” in 2012.

Harrison Ford is digitally rejuvenated for the beginning of the strip, which takes place in 1944. It then jumps to 1967, where he plays with his own image. The modern IML software was used, which had previously been applied to the images of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. At first, Spielberg was against the idea, but then even Harrison Ford himself was impressed with the final result.

Plans for a fifth film date back to the 1970s, when Lucas and Spielberg signed on with Paramount for four more installments following the smash hit of Raiders of the Lost Ark, which hit the screens in 1981. Lucas began to pursue a storyline for it in 2008, but the project was delayed for years. In 2012, he transferred everything to producer Kathleen Kennedy, who is the new president of Lucasfilm. But the company is focusing on the Star Wars sequels. It wasn’t until 2016 that one of the greatest screenwriters, David Koepp, was hired to write the fifth film. Everything was delayed due to script changes and in 2018 Jonathan Kasdan was hired. Koepp returns briefly and completes the script with Kasdan, Jez Butterwood and John-Henry Butterwood.

Spielberg took on the direction, but in 2020 gave it up to James Alan Mangold, known for “Copland”, “The Werewolf” and “Logan”.

Filming begins in June 2021 and ends in February 2022. Filming takes place in England, Scotland, Italy and Morocco.

The script briefly follows the life of the famous archaeologist Henry Joss Jr. in 1969. He is now a peaceful retiree during the space race. He doesn’t like that NASA has hired ex-Nazis to help defeat the USSR in it. Next to him in the adventures is his godmother Helena Shaw. His main rival is Jürgen Föhler, a former Nazi who is associated with the moon landing program. And it turned out, he wants a new world order, as he imagines it.

Photo: This is how Harrison Ford will look in different episodes of the film.

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