This week, the New Haven Independent spoke to city officials involved in bringing the production to New Haven, and managed to piece together numerous details on the Indy 4 shoot.
The final Indiana Jones movie, as far as New Haven aldermen were told, is set in the year 1957. New Haven was selected as a key location because of the abundance of attractive New England architecture, particularly around Yale University. And most of the scenes to be filmed there reportedly involve Harrison Ford on a motorcycle.
The scene descriptions are vivid, so be warned of some minor spoilers: Indy and his bike will be tearing through the courtyards of several Yale colleges and speeding through an underground tunnel off Derby Avenue. Supposedly, Indy might pick up a football from one of the nearby sports fields and use it as a weapon while riding.
Then, he'll burst through the Yale Commons â€" set up to look like a study hall â€" while books and papers fly, and students scramble out of the way. And on a nearby street, a sedan â€" one of Indy's pursuers, perhaps â€" will have an accident and get flipped over.
The entire New Haven shoot is expected to run from June 28th until July 6th. Auditioning will begin soon for the 500 or so extras required.
Remember, these details are not official, and there's no telling just how these scenes fit into the overall story; however, it is official that Spielberg will be shooting in New Haven, and there's no reason to doubt that these scenes will be shot as planned - and that young stud Shia LaBeouf will be involved somehow.