Dr Jones refuses a medic

There’s no hiding the fact that the fourth instalment of the highly anticipated Indiana Jones franchise is dragging itself through pre-production like Uwe Boll’s critics desperately crawling for the ropes.

Though most don’t doubt that at 64, Harrison Ford can still squeeze himself into the khaki pants and crusty leather jacket, Ford wants to allay fears as to whether he can still evoke the same level of tenacity and coolness of Dr Jones.

Some argue Ford's alter ego should really be at a point in his life where he’s now settling in for the night with a nice cup of Horlicks. Perhaps polishing his fine collection of historic artefacts, scribbling his memoirs and getting up twice a night to pee.

However, at a recent festival in Rome, Ford told the gathered throng that even though he’s only a year away from free Bingo, he’s in good enough shape to play the continent-tripping treasure-seeker one last time.

“We need to move on for artistic reasons and obvious physical reasons but I feel fit to continue and bring the same physical action,” said Ford.

Indiana Jones 4 is to be directed by Stephen Spielberg and has been scribed by War of the Worlds key-tapper David Koepp… oh and produced by that fella, George Lucas, who produced Howard the Duck.

The film is scheduled for release in 2008… We’ll believe it when we see it, fellas.