Indiana Jones 4: According to Variety, the long-gestating reunion of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford for a fourth Indiana Jones pic is on hold -- again -- as a new script draft is commissioned.

Paramount had hoped to reunite Indy with his whip and Stetson hat and get back into production on a new "Indiana Jones" pic in 2004 for a 2005 release. Frank Darabont had been brought in to script a concept the trio liked, but sources close to the production said Lucas was unhappy with the draft. The Indy troika will now bring aboard another screenwriter to hone Darabont's script.

Spielberg had no comment on his plans. Spielberg, Lucas and Ford have been trying for nearly a decade to mount one last Indiana Jones adventure, on the condition that all three had to love the concept and script before proceeding.

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Finding an availability window for Spielberg, Ford and Lucas is daunting, and it is now looking like a 2005 production start at the earliest.

Ford, meanwhile, is considering other assignments, and Spielberg is likely to move on to another project....

Insert, The Rivals...

High on the radar is The Rivals, the Robin Swicord-scripted spec whose purchase Spielberg personally supervised. The DreamWorks drama centers on the catfight between 19th century stage stars Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse for dominance of the legit stage.

Pitted against one another are French actress Bernhardt, who dominated the stages in the late 19th century, and the Italian-born Duse, a younger thesp who challenged Bernhardt's prominence.

Production could begin in the fall or winter, depending on who Spielberg chooses to play the divas.

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