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INDIANA JONES IV Tie-In Novel Planned

By Jarrod Sarafin, News Editor     September 29, 2007
Source: Del Ray Press Release

The New look of Indiana in INDIANA JONES 4(2008).
© Paramount/Lucasfilm

I was first alerted of a new novel for INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL back in August when Maniac Scooper JAB alerted me to a new amazon link appearing on their site. Still, with no information, I thought it best to wait for a press release with some information and sure enough, it has come now from Del Ray Publishers. Our very own columnist Pat Ferrara alerted us to the PR. Here it is..

Del Rey Books, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, announced today that it will publish tie-in books based on the long-awaited, eagerly anticipated new movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which will premiere throughout the world on May 22, 2008.

For more than 25 years, audiences have thrilled to the adventures of Indiana Jones. The three original films — Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade — garnered 14 Academy Award nominations, won 7 Oscars, and grossed more than $1.1 billion at the box office. In the cinematic event of 2008, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Harrison Ford join forces again, bringing Indiana Jones back to the silver screen for his biggest adventure ever.

Del Rey Books was the publisher of the original movie novels, and this new adventure will be penned by New York Times-bestselling author James Rollins (The Judas Strain, Black Order, Map of Bones and Sandstorm). Del Rey will also be publishing The Making of Indiana Jones by Laurent Bouzereau and J. W. Rinzler, a behind-the-scenes look at the people, places, technology, and events that went into the creation of all four Indiana Jones movies, beginning with the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark and culminating with an up-close-and-personal look at the brand-new blockbuster.

"We're very excited to be working with Del Rey on the new Indiana Jones books," said Carol Roeder, Lucasfilm's Director of Publishing. "Del Rey was there with the first Star Wars novel, and the first Indiana Jones novel, so it's wonderful to be able to continue the great adventure together."

"The Indiana Jones movies have attained legendary status in the world of film, and the character of Indiana Jones is a legend in his own right," noted Del Rey editor Shelly Shapiro. "We are thrilled to be a part of his return, and to have the opportunity to show an entire new generation of readers how exciting these novels can be."

The hardback book will hit store shelves on May 20, 2008, two days before the film's release.


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Yeoman 9/29/2007 12:26:54 AM
There's a new Indiana Jones movie coming out? no way!
Miner49er 9/29/2007 1:11:16 AM
Anybody read the article on MSN the other day about the plot leak concerning Indy IV? I'm surprised it didn't appear here on Mania. Anyway for those that didn't read it, here's the link *Warning* major spoilers: Jones plot leaked/Celebs/Bang/ContentPosting.aspx?isfa=1&newsitemid=BSBS97034&feedname=BANG&show=False&number=0&showbyline=True&subtitle=&detect=&abc=abc
laforcer69@yahoo.com_home 9/29/2007 1:20:49 AM
Jedi probably did not report it because of what you just said, it has allot of spoilers...Plus it might not even be real and if it is it might not even make it into the final cut or even be shot...
DarkJedi_home 9/29/2007 2:31:03 AM
Mlaforce is correct on this one, Miner. I know you weren't saying against us there more then confused why I didn't publish it. I'll explain it below just to clear the air. :) Every few days, a news site says they have the detailed plot and spoilers from an upcoming movie by way of a script. AICN was sure of their JLA script back in July. UGO posted a different one a few days ago. Since then, already EW is insisting on a different one..This same thing has been going down for the INDY film since last May right when production began..It happens quite a lot and generally, it's never accurate in the final working print of the film. Scripts are ever changing things and while one site may feel they have "THE" script, a month later, someone else will come along and say..."No, I have THE script and it's different than the one AICN posted last July..." It's not just that though. I believe in the old school way of reporting movie news. I will not go out of my way to ruin movies if I don't have to and I won't publish every little detail reported at every site every day. I see a new ST article up at "some" sites every single day and most of the time, they're not adding anything new other then more speculation...That's not news for me, that's conjecture and guesswork all in the name of having an ST article published every day. If I did that, we'd have a new Star Trek, JLA, Indy story every single day and by the next day, it would be about the rumor I publishing yesterday being false. Nobody wants that to happen. Most people wouldn't want to discuss the same film every day only to have 99% of the articles to be false. This is why I didn't publish the "Tom Cruise in Star Trek" bit every single day a few weeks ago. Something new was popping up on it every day relating to this outrageous bit of gossip...Would you or anyone else want to discuss Tom Cruise in Star Trek every single day knowing that the rumor probably wasn't true? Probably not. :) Same goes for these "spoilers" related to script reviews. Knowing my feelings on scripts vs. final cut ratios, I still think it's irresponsible for a news organization to try and ruin every single movie. I remember back in 98-99, a well known site had the news that an actor would be appearing in a mainstream tentpole film. It was a big story at the time. To announce it, he would alienate his sources and the star before a press release was ready. While this news editor was displaying ethics, another editor caught wind of it and released it immediately under "breaking news"...Heck, he didn't even credit the original news editor whom he got it from. Obviously, this is the way some sites work. For every ethical person out there, there's 5 other toads who don't mind ruining and stealing from them. Three days ago, Patrick posted the general plot details of the JLA film from a source close to the project. He didn't reveal the major spoiler because that's how he operates. It took all of 5 minutes before another news editor copied the same details but added the "major spoiler" with what he ...thinks... Again with the speculation in place of actual news. Btw, I like what you did there, Miner. Giving people a "Warning" before pasting the link..That's the kind of ethics I'm talking about here. If others want to speculate on these kind of things which pop up every day, I hope they follow your example before providing the link and whatever the case, please do not just spout out spoilers in a comment section. I'll end this with one my favorite quotes on Ethics: "The reason I started this site is because I love the thrill of anticipating what my eye will see when the lights dim and the curtains draw apart, '' he said in a message posted on the site. "If I post the picture I have at this moment, I believe it will reduce that level of excitement." In an interview with today's (Wednesday) Toronto Star Sauriol, who posts advance tidbits about upcoming films on his site, conceded that his decision had raised new question about Internet ethics, which, in his case, boiled down to this: "Just because you have the power to do something, you shouldn't necessarily do it." --Patrick Sauriol, founder of Coming Attractions April 1998 Later! Jarrod H. Sarafin Mania News Editor
metalwater 9/29/2007 3:10:58 AM
(This post is edited out by Jarrod Sarafin for Spoilers without a WARNING)
DarkJedi_home 9/29/2007 4:32:36 AM
Wow, Metal. I just asked our users in Comment #4 NOT to post these spoilers in our comments ...Even for the scripts which aren't even trustworthy. And the first thing you do is post them? Did you even read Comment #4 or go directly into "Post Comment" because you read what you think is Indy Spoilers and wanted to share them (without warning)? You've been trying to pass these Indiana Jones spoilers in our comments section for days now, Metal. Comment sections not even related to Indiana Jones material. Why? Please keep in mind that just because you don't mind spoilers for movies like Indy or JLA doesn't necessarily mean your fellow Mania readers want to know them. I'll say it again. BE KIND TO YOUR FELLOW READERS. Do Not Spoil the movie blatantly in our comment sections. If you want to link it, go ahead but WARN the readers beforehand that it contains possible spoilers. Do what Miner did above.. Don't try and spoil movies in our comments sections for people who may not want to be spoiled. Give people a choice on the matter. Give ample warning before linking something which contains spoilers. Jarrod Sarafin
metalwater 9/29/2007 4:39:20 AM
Sorry!!! I thought you meant not blowing the ending. Since the piece didn't feature anything other than the plot set-up with no additional details, I was certain that this one fit you code of ethics since, as I didn't blow the ending and featured no Empire Strikes Back "Luke I'm your father" spoilers. The story details seemed to fit within the limits of the kind of plot details which I posted from the EW article about the JLA movie, hence the reason I assumed it would pass the test of pre-vetting. Again, sorry for the misunderstanding. BTW...I have info a new Tarantino movie if you'd like it.
DarkJedi_home 9/29/2007 4:43:50 AM
So, you think it's okay to spoil everything but the ending to your fellow readers? A spoiler is a spoiler. Give your readers a choice in the matter, Metal. I'm well aware of the new Tarantino movie based on the 70's sex cinema. That doesn't fall under our site focus. Thanks anyway for the thought of it. I always appreciate someone helping in the scoop process. You know there's an email to send me scoops on this kind of thing, right? :)
metalwater 9/29/2007 4:48:29 AM
DarkJedi_home 9/29/2007 4:56:32 AM
Heh. Everything's good, Metal. I was just pointing out you can send me scoops anytime you want. I blogged my email address so you can feel free to send me these links you keep posting. If they're worthy and have credible sources and don't just post spoilers, I'll publish them and credit you. I was just amazed you posted that right after what I said, that's all. Everything's fine. Have a great day. :) Jarrod
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