Guess it’s finally safe to make comedies about airports again. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who spent a lot of time in airports during ”Catch Me if You Can,” will team up for ”Terminal,” with the comedy set to shoot at the end of 2003, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The movie has been idling in development for more than a year, but now that it’s cleared for takeoff, it may free up Spielberg’s runway for another long-grounded project, the fourth Indiana Jones movie.
In ”Terminal,” Hanks will play a Balkan immigrant who takes up permanent residence in a New York airport when a war blows his country off the map and makes his visa useless. ”Catch Me” screenwriter Jeff Nathanson cowrote the screenplay with Sacha Gervasi (”Simone”).
The end-of-2003 start date leaves Spielberg’s summer free, which means he could start shooting ”Indiana Jones IV” this year instead of in 2004. Harrison Ford is also free this summer, and ”Green Mile” filmmaker Frank Darabont is currently finishing a final draft of the screenplay, Variety reports. According to the trade paper, Paramount has already had discussions about moving the film up a year, with an eye toward a release in 2004 instead of 2005. Spielberg has filmed all three of the previous Indy movies, most recently, 1989’s ”Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”