INDIANA Jones's much awaited next round of whip-cracking adventures may be shot in Australia, says Hollywood super-producer Frank Marshall.
The script for the fourth Indiana Jones film is still being written with production likely to go ahead in 2007.
"It is still on the frontburner," said Marshall in Sydney today, promoting his new film Eight Below
which opens nationally on April 20.
"We really have to get the story right. The story has to be really good for any of us to do it and there are three pretty strong-willed creative minds involved in saying yes."
Steven Spielberg is slated to direct the project, with Marshall and George Lucas attached as producers.
Lucas is also writing the script with David Koepp.
The storyline is being kept a closely guarded secret but Marshall said it would follow on from the first three films – Raiders of the Lost Ark
, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Harrison Ford, 63, will reprise his role as the adventurous Indiana Jones.
Sean Connery played Jones' father in the original films and is rumoured to be in the fourth instalment, although Marshall couldn't confirm this.
"Harrison is going to play the character and it is going to be 10 or 12 years later," said Marshall.
"It will be a story that makes sense and is believable."
Marshall said the film would likely go into production early next year and could be shot in Australia, Europe or the United States.
"My job as producer is to get the movie made so if I can do it better and cheaper here in Australia, then I am going to do it," said Marshall.
"Australia is a definite possibility for Indiana Jones and a couple of other things I am working on at the moment."
Marshall's other producing credits include Poltergeist
, The Color Purple
, The Goonies
, Empire of the Sun
, The Sixth Sense
, and The Bourne Identity
. His directing credits include Arachnophobia
and he's about to make a film about cyclist Lance Armstrong starring Matt Damon.