The fluctuating nature of the technology means that most filmmakers still have to fight to shoot their films on HD. Directors like Steven Soderbergh and Robert Rodriguez can get away with HD because they keep their budgets down. But once budgets start rising to $100 million, or tent-pole status, the resistance is much fiercer.
And more from Savides, this time re: Fincher:
He’s amazing. I don’t think anybody could’ve done it this way. David had to figure it out on his own, and then present it to the studio. He had to do smaller projects, commercials. He’d been using the Viper, got really used to it. So by the time I stepped in he had gotten the Viper integrated and he’d figured out how to make the camera work. When I got there, 90 percent of the problems had been ironed out. I was just part of the creative solution.
I saw The Fugitive on TV last night and I realized how much I missed Harrison Ford. I almost wanted to go to Amazon and get the Indy trilogy (again, this time as DVDs).
Anyway, personal drama aside, Fox News reports that production on Indiana Jones 4 commences on June 18. The script is done but I’m not sure about the cast. None of the actors on the IMDB roster appear to be more than rumors at this point: Natalie Portman, Shia LeBeouf, Sean Connery, John Rhys-Davies, and Karen Allen.
The movie will release probably in 2008. From a certain (cynical) perspective, it seems this year is the year of the Threes (Shrek 3, Spiderman 3, Pirates 3) and 2008 could be the year of the Fours (Rambo 4 expected in early 2008).