LaBeouf: “Just a rumor.”

Shia LaBeouf denies Indy 4 casting rumor at press event for the animated Surf’s Up, his latest film.

Not so, LaBeouf said. “That’s just a rumor,” he insisted. “I know that when I have a job I sign contracts, I talk to directors, and that hasn’t happened, and until that happens, I’m out of work. I’m looking at a bunch of different things.”

Would he take the role if offered? “If that happens, of course I’m on board,” he said. “It’s a dream job, but it’s a rumor right now.”

Then, apparently, tries on a fedora. Uh-huh.

The neverending development of Indy IV

Frank Darabont says George Lucas nixed his script:

[Spielberg] was ecstatic with the result and was ready to shoot it two years ago. He was very, very happy with the script and said it was the best draft of anything since Raiders of the Lost Ark. That’s really high praise and gave me a real sense of accomplishment, especially when you love the material you’re working on as much as I love the Indiana Jones films.

And then you have George Lucas read it and say, ‘Yeah, I don’t think so, I don’t like it.’ And then he resets it to zero when Spielberg is ready to shoot it that coming year, [which] is a real kick to the nuts. You can only waste so much time and so many years of your life on experiences like that, you can only get so emotionally invested and have the rug pulled out from under you before you say enough of that.

Here we go again…

George Lucas talks to Empire Magazine about Indy 4. Key quote:

“We’re basically going to do The Phantom Menace”, says Lucas (stay with him here, he’s making a point). “People’s expectations are way higher than you can deliver. You could just get killed for the whole thing…We would do it for fun and just take the hit with the critics and the fans…But nobody wants to get into it unless they are really happy with it”.

Well, yes. But don’t encourage them, George. Bringing up TPM in this context – no matter how good a point you attach to it – is just going to make the fanboys start pre-frothing.

Although, a LFL crossover I’d like to see? A golden Jar-Jar.