Welcome to FSR’s Official Guide to Indiana Jones!
Very few movie characters in history have become as iconic and recognizable as Henry Walton Jones, Jr., Ph.D. You know him as Indiana Jones, or more simply: Indy. In 1981, with the help of writers George Lucas, Philip Kaufman and Lawrence Kasdan, director Steven Spielberg brought this character to life for the first time in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Though actor Harrison Ford was Spielberg’s first choice for the role, it was Tom Selleck who was originally offered the part based on the will of George Lucas. But when Selleck was lost to take his role on the show “Magnum, P.I.”, Spielberg got his man and the world got one of it’s favorite heroes, Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.
Since that fateful casting choice, Indiana Jones has gone on to become one of the most iconic heroes in American cinema. With his trademark bullwhip, fedora, leather jacket and fear of snakes, Jones has appeared in three films (soon to be four), a television series (“The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles”) and two theme parks, as well as a host of video games, merchandise, novels and even comic books. For the past 27 years, Indiana Jones has been “the man” to fans around the world. And now, after 18 years of absense from the silver screen, he makes his triumphant return in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
To celebrate this awesome event, we at Film School Rejects have prepared our “Official Guide to Indiana Jones” — a one-stop-shop for all things Indy, including a look back at the Legacy of Dr. Jones, an in-depth preview of the upcoming film and some fun, interactive features that are sure to keep you busy as you anxiously await May 22nd, a day that marks the return of one of cinema’s most notable archaeologists and favorite adventurers: The one and only Indiana Jones.
So take a few moments, browse through the featured links below and enjoy!