'Indy 4' filming on Hawaii's Big Island


HILO, Hawaii -- The fourth "Indiana Jones" movie began filming on the Big Island this week with Hollywood powerhouses Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.

The movie, which hasn't been named yet, will be filming over the next three weeks along the Hamakua Coast north of Hilo. Other scenes have been shot in New Haven, Conn.

Studio officials aren't talking about the movie's Big Island invasion or even revealing the title, rumored to be "Indiana Jones and the City of Gods" or simply "Indiana Jones IV."

"They're insisting on using 'The Untitled Genre Project' as a title, putting us in an awkward position," said Donne Dawson, Hawaii's film commissioner who confirmed the production's presence on the Big Island.

The film, 18 years after release of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," will again feature Ford as the wisecracking, whip-snapping adventurer. The first Indiana Jones movie, "Raiders of the Lost Arc," started filming in 1980.

Spielberg is directing the movie, as he did the first three films of the franchise. The producer is Frank Marshall and the executive producer is Kathleen Kennedy.

The movie started production in Deming, N.M., and it will be distributed by Paramount Pictures for an expected May 2008 release. Its budget is reported to be $125 million.

Shooting is scheduled at several Big Island spots, including a waterfall near the coast and a secluded piece of Shipman Estate property near Keaau.

Spielberg's company, DreamWorks, also is filming "Tropic Thunder" on Kauai.

Ben Stiller stars in the $100 million comedy about actors in a war movie who unexpectedly face real fighting.

Other actors cast in the new "Indiana Jones" movie include Shia LeBeouf, Cate Blanchet, Jim Broadbent, John Hurt and Ray Winstone. It wasn't clear how many of them would be on the Big Island for filming.

Spielberg has filmed a few other hits in Hawaii, including "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Jurassic Park," "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" and "Jurassic Park III."