'Indiana Jones' Sequel Whips Up Cannes Premiere
Cannes opening on May 18 would be followed by a May 22 worldwide premiere
George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford's long-awaited return to the "Indiana Jones" franchise will have its world premiere on Sunday, May 18 at the Cannes Film Festival.
If you don't want to play the money to fly to Cannes -- and, let's face it, you probably couldn't have gotten tickets anyway -- "Indy 4" will open around the world on May 22.
While Variety is reporting that the "Indiana Jones" premiere is essentially a done-deal, the trade paper takes great pains to note that nothing will be official until Cannes organizers announce the full festival slate in August. Spielberg is still editing and scoring the film -- which would presumably screen in an out-of-competition capacity -- and has yet to show even a rough cut to anybody.
In addition to Ford, the cast for "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" includes Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, John Hurt, Ray Winstone and returning favorite Karen Allen.
Spielberg's relationship with Cannes goes way back. Although he hasn't screened a film there since "E.T." back in 1982, he shared a screenplay prize back in 1974 for "The Sugarland Express."