Indy Jones coming to Yale

Dr. Jones will be back. For many folks already following the story, folks like myself that have John Williams’s iconic score as their cellphone ringtone, Indiana Jones 4 has been a bit of a rollercoaster.First there have been the on again off again teases from Spielberg and Lucas about doing the movie and then it looked like the script written by Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont would be used, only to see George Lucas throw it away and start from scratch.

Then they settled on a script by David Koepp and the major players came on board. They’ve since added Shia LeBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone and Karen Allen to play with Harrison Ford and Sean Connery. But still it felt like they could pull the rug out at any given moment, until a story broke in the New Haven Register.

Indiana Jones will be racing up Chapel Street next month, a spokesman for director Steven Spielberg confirmed Monday.

The fourth installment of the hugely popular series, arriving in theaters almost 20 years after the third, will include some kind of car chase on Chapel between College and High streets. A pre-production crew was in the city last week and Monday talking to shop owners on the block.

“I really have no details on it at all, except to say that there will be some filming there,” said Marvin Levy, a spokesman for Spielberg, who did confirm the film will be the next in the series starring Harrison Ford and Sean Connery, set to open May 22, 2008.

Barbara J. Lamb, director of the city?s Office of Cultural Affairs, said the production would close down parts of College and Elm streets and possibly other downtown streets as well.

“We are working with them on a plan to minimize those disruptions on the community,” Lamb said. “We will ensure the smoothest flow of both vehicular and pedestrian traffic in downtown New Haven.”

That’s great. According to several store owners interviewed for the article, the production will feature a 1950’s aesthetic, which jibes with what we’ve been hearing that this installment would take place nearly 20 years after Dr. Jones battled the Nazis.

This one will be set in the 1950s, according to several merchants who were approached by crew members. Savitt Jewelers will become a pharmacy, according to owner Mike Rosenthal. And Enson?s men?s clothing store will become … Enson?s.

“They wanted to make it look more like the 1950s, and I actually showed them pictures of what it looked like in the ?50s, since we?ve been here for 55 years,” said owner Jim Civitello.

Next door, Rob Muller of Merwin?s Art Shop said he was asked to make his storefront look appropriate to the era. That shouldn?t be a problem. “We?ve got stuff that?s probably been here since the ?50s,” he joked.

Very cool.

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