Hyperbole: Indy 5, Hobbit & Trek 2

Story: Shia LaBeouf tells Showbiz Spy the fifth “Indiana Jones” is script is being penned right now and “I got called into Steven’s office and he pitched a little bit to me and it sounds crazy, it sounds really cool.”

Conclusion: Beyond the confirmation the film is still in very early scripting stages, nothing. Actors will always tout the projects they’re a part of as ‘exciting’, including the ones they’re under contract to do.

Story: Peter Jackson tells The Dominion Post that Warner Bros. Pictures is “making progress untangling the MGM situation, so we should have certainty with The Hobbit sometime soon.” The paper adds Jackson is confident “there should soon be certainty about whether he would direct”.

Conclusion: We’re not really any nearer than before. With Spyglass potentially buying MGM, there’s no doubt Warners is in talks with both parties to try and secure the rights separately and potentially have something to announce around the time that any MGM deal itself will be announced. No deals have officially gone through though so until pen is put to paper things will remain very much in limbo.

Story: “Lost” producer Damon Lindelof tells E! Online he’s looking at “The Dark Knight” as an inspiration for the tone the sequel to last year’s “Star Trek”. He really wants his script to “thematically resonate”.

Conclusion: Pretty much every writer involved in penning a sequel to any film in the past two years cites “The Dark Knight” as an example of the tone/quality level they strive to reach. Lindelof has a good track record, but the first ‘Trek’ reboot film worked because it was such a positive, fun, escapist piece which was a welcome change to all the other recent failed attempts at ‘dark and realistic’ tentpoles that have been pumped out in recent years.