The next instalment of the Indiana Jones films has been given a 2008 release date, as Paramount Pictures confirmed the original cast and crew would reunite.

While no title has been given for the fourth film in the series, Paramount has confirmed a date of May 22nd 2008 for its release.

Star Wars maestro George Lucas and legendary director Steven Spielberg will once again team up to produce the film later this year, while veteran star Harrison Ford will reprise the role that won him an army of fans in the 1980s.

Produced by Lucasfilm, Spielberg will handle the directing responsibilities, with the long-mooted picture now finally set to begin filming later this year.

Spielberg said he was "very excited" to work with Lucas and Ford, adding that the script from David Koepp, whose credits include Spiderman, Mission: Impossible and Jurassic Park, was something that had brought them together once more.

"We feel that the script was well worth the wait," he commented. "We hope it delivers everything you'd expect from our history with Indiana Jones".

Harrison Ford, who plays the daring archaeologist, quipped: "I don't know if the pants still fit but I know the hat will."

The film trilogy  which included Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade  boasts seven Oscars and an incredible $1.18 billion (£600 million) at the box office.

08/02/2007 11:38:01