Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford Reuniting for Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’

Anything Goes: Indiana Jones Returns…

On March 15, 2016, Walt Disney Studios announce a 5th Indiana Jones film to be directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Harrison Ford, set to premiere July 19, 2019.

Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce the as-yet untitled project (with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg serving as Executive Producers). 

Ford tells the BBC he took the role under two conditions:

“I’ve always thought there was an opportunity to do another. But I didn’t want to do it without Steven [Spielberg]. And I didn’t want to do it without a really good script. And happily we’re working on both. Steven is developing a script now that I think we’re going to be very happy with.”

Other actors have not yet been cast. Regular crew members include:

David Koepp

Original Music
John Williams 

Janusz Kaminski

Film Editing
Michael Kahn 

Special Effects
Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)

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Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford Reuniting for Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’


Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Peter Jackson Backing Sean Parker’s Bold Home Movie Plan (EXCLUSIVE)

Napster Co-founder and Facebook’s first president Sean Parker plans to launch a controversial streaming service called Screening Room which lets subscribers watch new movies at home the same day they hit theaters. The idea is “to capture an audience older than teens and young adults, who might have responsibilities such as children that prevent them from going to the theater.”

Parker has lined up a number of Hollywood’s heavyweight filmmakers as key supporters and share-holders. Among them: Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Martin Scorsese and J.J. Abrams

According to Variety, there is serious interest from several of the major studios, including Universal, Fox and Sony, whereas Disney does not appear to be interested in the plan.

Christopher Nolan, James Cameron and Titanic producer Jon Landau have declared their objection. Opposition has also come from the National Assn. of Theater Owners and the Art House Convergence.

One-time cost would be $150 for the anti-piracy equipped set-top box, plus $50 per movie, which would be rented for 48-hours. To smooth down opposition by exhibitors Screening Room is offering to cut theater owners in on some of the revenue, as much as $20 per film (Screening Room customers will receive two free tickets to see the movie at a cinema, which will further benefit exhibitors when concessions are purchased).

Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Peter Jackson Backing Sean Parker’s Bold Home Movie Plan (EXCLUSIVE)

Production designer Sir Ken Adam dies at 95.

The five-time Academy Award nominee and two-time winner worked on more than 70 films. He created iconic set designs for the 007 franchise – including Dr. No’s secret island complex, Fort Knox in Goldfinger (1964) and a giant rocket base inside a volcano featured in You Only Live Twice (1967), for which Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay.

In the late 1970s, he also conceived the supertanker set for The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) – for which he received an Oscar nomination – and a futuristic space station for Moonraker (1979), his last Bond film. The lighting for the super tanker set was supervised in secret by Stanley Kubrick (videoclip).

Ken Adam designed the famous War Room for Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove (1964) and collaborated with him again on Barry Lyndon (1975), for which he earned his first Oscar. He received his second Academy Award for The Madness of King George (1994).

Although Ken Adam never worked for Steven Spielberg (a big fan of the 007 series and Kubrick’s films), Adam had fond memories of the biggest compliment he ever received:

“I was in the States giving a lecture to the Directors Guild when Steven Spielberg came up to me. He said ‘Ken, that War Room set for Strangelove is the best set you ever designed’. Five minutes later he came back and said ‘no it’s the best set that’s ever been designed’.”

Klaus Hugo Adam was born in Berlin. When the National Socialist party came to power in Germany, Adam had to emigrate with his Jewish family
to England in 1934. He attended University College London and Bartlett
School of Architecture

In 2012, Ken Adam gave the entirety of his artistic life’s work to the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin.

Steven Spielberg in 30 Memorable Shots

Director and editor Jacob T. Swinney combines the most iconic shots from all 30 films directed by Steven Spielberg (so far).

This is what he says about his video:

“Before I knew what a director was, I knew who Steven
Spielberg was.  I believe that this is partially due to the fact that
Spielberg has crafted some of the most iconic shots in all of cinema.  
Many filmmakers have that one signature shot that will forever solidify
them in film history–  Spielberg has dozens.  This video showcases the
work of Steven Spielberg in 30 memorable shots, one from each of his
full-length films.  From something as magical as a silhouetted bicycle
streaking across the moon, to something as simple as tiny ripples in a
cup of water, this is Steven Spielberg.”

You can find background info to all the films used in the video here.

Films contained in the video (in order of appearance):
Duel (1971) DoP: Jack A. Marta
The Sugarland Express (1974) DoP: Vilmos Zsigmond
Jaws (1975) DoP: Bill Butler
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) DoP: Vilmos Zsigmond
1941 (1979) DoP: William A. Fraker
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) DoP: Douglas Slocombe
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) DoP: Allen Daviau
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) DoP: Douglas Slocombe
The Color Purple (1985) DoP: Allen Daviau
Empire of the Sun (1987) DoP: Allen Daviau
Always (1989) DoP: Mikael Salomon
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) DoP: Douglas Slocombe
Hook (1991) DoP: Dean Cundey
Jurassic Park (1993) DoP: Dean Cundey
Schindler’s List (1993) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
Amistad (1997) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
Saving Private Ryan (1998) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
Minority Report (2002) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
Catch Me If You Can (2002) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
The Terminal (2004) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
War of the Worlds (2005) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
Munich (2005) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
The Adventures of Tin-Tin (2011) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
War Horse (2011) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
Lincoln (2012) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
Bridge of Spies (2015) DoP: Janusz Kamiński
The BFG (2016) DoP: Janusz Kamiński”

2016 Oscars: Best Supporting Actor Won By Mark Rylance

In his acceptance speech, Mark Rylance salutes Steven Spielberg, calling him “one of the greatest story-tellers of our time”. 

“Unlike some of the leaders we’re being presented with these days, he leads with such love that he’s surrounded by masters in every craft.”

Out of its six nominations, Bridge of Spies wins only 1 Oscar – but an important one: It’s only the second Spielberg-directed film to win an Academy Award for one of its actors – following Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln (2012). Little by little, the Academy recognizes Spielberg’s craft as an actor’s director.

All nominations and wins of Bridge of Spies.

Mark Rylance plays the title role in Steven Spielberg’s The BFG (2016). Christopher Nolan casts Mark Rylance for his World War II film Dunkirk (2017). 

2016 Oscars: Best Supporting Actor Won By Mark Rylance

Legendary British cinematographer Douglas Slocombe dies at the age of 103 in a hospital in London. His filmography amounts to 80 movies.

As a newsreel cameraman he films the Nazi invasion of Poland and goes on to work as director of photography on a series of classic British films in the 1940s and 1950s known as the Ealing comedies, including Kind Hearts and Coronets starring Alec Guinness. Later films include The Lion in Winter (1968), Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), Rollerball (1975), and Never Say Never Again (1983).

Slocombe wins three BAFTA award for The Servant (1963), The Great Gatsby (1974), and Julia (1977). He is a three-time Academy Award nominee, including for Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

Before Raiders, Slocombe shoots the acclaimed and technically complex India sequence for Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).

When “Dougie” – as Spielberg calls him – is hired for Raiders, he is 68 years old. Harrison Ford claims that Dougie never used a light meter – he just
held up his hand and observed the shadow his thumb made on the palm.

Slocombe continues to work on two more films of the franchise: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), before Janusz Kamiński takes over as DP in the fourth installment.

In 1996, Slocombe receives a lifetime achievement award by the British Society of Cinematographers and is made an OBE in 2008 for services to the film industry.

Steven Spielberg calls Douglas Slocombe “a great collaborator and a beautiful human being”.

“Dougie Slocombe was facile, enthusiastic, and loved the action of
filmmaking. Harrison Ford was Indiana Jones in front of the camera, but
with his whip-smart crew, Dougie was my behind the scenes hero for the
first three Indy movies.”

Steven Spielberg
’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel Ready Player One is his first foray into the realms of science fiction since War of the Worlds (2005)
and the first Steven Spielberg-directed film project for Warner Bros. since A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001).

Set in the year 2044, the dystopian Ready Player One unfolds in a massive multiplayer online role-playing game called The OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation), a fake utopia that human beings come to prefer to the harsh reality of their lives. Young Wade Watts (or Parzival as he is known in The OASIS),
is devoted to the game, and manages to unlock the first clue to a
contest that promises the winner control of The OASIS and the massive
fortune of the games’ creator, James Donovan Halliday. Parzival has to compete against an armada of egghunters (”gunters”) who try to find Halliday’s “easter eggs”.

The story is
filled with references to

the 1980s – including films produced or directed by Steven Spielberg. However, Spielberg decides to remove most of those film references from the script:

I love the ‘80s, and I
think one of the reasons I decided to make the movie was that it brought
me back to the 1980s and let me do anything I want – except for my own
movies. I’ve cut most of my movies out of Ernie [Cline]’s book, except
for the Delorean and a couple of other things that I had something to do
with. I’ve cut a lot of my own references out. I was very happy to see
that there was enough without me! The ’80s was a great time to grow up.

Mark Rylance plays
James Donovan Halliday
(for this part, actors such as Gene Wilder and Michael Keaton were originally considered). Incidentally, James Donovan was the name of Tom Hanks’s character in Bridge of Spies (2015) which marked the first collaboration between Rylance and Steven Spielberg.

The cast includes
Olivia Cooke as Samantha Evelyn Cook / Art3mis, Ben Mendelsohn as the villain Nolan Sorrento, and Simon Pegg as Ogden Morrow, co-creator of The OASIS. T.J. Miller plays i-R0k and Win Morisaki portrays one of the top “gunters”, Daito. His pal Shoto is played by Philip Zhao. Another “gunter” called F’Nale Zandor is played by Hannah John-Kamen.
Wade’s mother Loretta is portrayed by Simone Kirby.

Following an open casting call, 19-year-old Tye Sheridan is selected for the lead part Wade Watts. For his debut in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (2011), Sheridan was chosen from a field of 10,000 boys to play the youngest son
of Jessica Chastain and Brad Pitt.

During pre-production, Tye Sheridan tells Variety:

“It’s a new spin on cinema. A good third of the film takes place in a
virtual realm inside a video game. What I love about the film is that it
plays with some metaphorically bigger themes. I think it’s going to be a
milestone for cinema in its advancements and exploration of virtual
reality. I couldn’t be more excited and grateful to be a part of it.”

In a high six-figure upfront deal, the film rights to Ready Player One are purchased by Warner Bros. the same day Ernest Cline finalizes his publishing deal with Random House, one year prior to his debut novel’s publication.

Ernest Cline adapts his own novel into a screenplay, with Eric Eason and Zak Penn sharing screenplay credits. Zak Penn‘s story credits include The Avengers (2012). Eric Eason has written the screenplay for A Better Life (2011).

Adam Stockhausen who worked for Bridge of Spies (2015) returns as Production Designer. Other regular Spielberg-collaborators include Producer Kristie Macosko Krieger, Director of Photography Janusz Kamiński, Editor Michael Kahn, and Composer John Williams.

Principal photography is scheduled to start in London in June 2016.

Avoiding a box office battle with Star Wars: Episode VIII, the release date of Ready Player One is moved from December 2017 to March 30, 2018.
Spielberg’s name above a film’s title usually guarantees mass audience appeal, but after Star Wars: The Force Awakens has earned more than $2 billion and becomes the third highest grossing movie in history – behind only Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009) – Warner wise enough to evade direct confrontation with the next Star Wars chapter.

Warner Bros. reacts after Disney shifted Star Wars VIII from May 2017 to Dec. 15. According to Variety, Warner Bros. is not running scared: The new date coincides with Easter, and there are no major competitors scheduled to open in April 2018, giving Ready Player One a comfortable slot.

Cover Art: © 2012 Random House

Steven Spielberg
collaborates with Virtual Reality Company (VRC) on a project that employs immersive multimedia reality. In 2015, Steven Spielberg signed on as one of VRC’s advisors. And now, Spielberg is once again pushing the boundaries of storytelling.

The news breaks at the Technicolor Panel of the Sundance Film Festival. In his reply to a question on how to take VR filmmaking to the next level, VRC co-founder Robert Stromberg says “it is about getting other filmmakers interested of course, from the independent level to getting major players involved as well… I can say here, my company – VRC – we’re working with, for instance, Steven Spielberg on a project that’s solely for VR.

With Steven Spielberg directing Ready Player One (2018), a film that takes us into OASIS, a computer-simulated utopia, it is obvious for him to get involved in projects related to virtual reality. A tie-in experience similar to The Martian VR Experience (inspired by Ridley Scott’s film) is just one of several options.

Spielberg’s film is based on Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One, a love letter to 1980s pop culture, from Atari video games to the films of Steven Spielberg. By the 1980s, the term “virtual reality” was popularized by Jaron Lanier, one of the modern VR pioneers. Lanier’s company VPL Research  developed several VR devices like the Data Glove, the Eye Phone, and the Audio Sphere.

Illustration: © 2016 Virtual Reality Company