The latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine has done an extensive cover story about the production of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and now the article has been published in full online, along with three snazzy new pictures (and a short video on their taking) that were shot by the legendary Annie Leibovitz.
One of the pics confirms that we return to the warehouse where the Ark of the Covenant is restored, whilst another shows off Cate Blanchett’s surprising Amelie-style hairdo as the lead villaness of the feature – Captain Spalko.
The article itself contains a few spoilers and some other production details. Most notable is that at the time of the interview, Spielberg was through his ‘second of five’ cuts of the film and that after seeing the first cut “there was nothing I wanted to go back and shoot, nothing I wanted to reshoot, and nothing I wanted to add.”
He also adds that we shouldn’t expect tricky editing either – “I go for geography. I want the audience to know not only which side the good guy’s on and the bad guy’s on, but which side of the screen they’re in…Quick-cutting is very effective in some movies, like the Bourne pictures, but you sacrifice geography when you go for quick-cutting.”
Lucas himself confirms that he’s the stick in the mud when it comes to this movie’s MacGuffin – the Crystal Skull that everyone’s chasing. He’s quite frank about the past film’s macguffins, saying that “The Ark of the Covenant was perfect. The Shankara Stones were way too esoteric. The Holy Grail was sort of feeble—but, at the same time, we put the father in there to cover for it.”
Their approach was also altered by the film’s 50’s setting says Lucas – “Instead of doing a 30s Republic serial, we’re doing a B science-fiction movie from the 50s. The ones I’m talking about are, like, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Blob, The Thing. So by putting it in that context, it gave me a way of approaching the whole thing.”
To check out the full article, click here.