Director Steven Spielberg will begin filming the long-awaited fourth INDIANA JONES movie later this year (06).

The SAVING PRIVATE RYAN Oscar-winner had remained tight-lips over his involvement with the highly anticipated project, but he is keen to return to his family film roots.

He confirms, "I haven't given up making entertaining films, but over the last decade I have been making some films that express the respect I have for history.

"I am about to make INDIANA JONES 4, which is, as far as I am concerned, the sweet dessert I could give those who had to chow down on the bitter herbs that I've used in Munich.

Actor Harrison Ford has already confirmed that he is on board to reprise his role as the swashbuckling archaeologist.