About: Before Spielberg’s go-to writer David Koepp wrote Crystal Skull, super screenwriter Frank Darabont worked on a draft of the script. Our final lost Indy script involves The City of the Gods. Darabont turned in three versions of his screenplay, culminating in ‘s Indiana. An alternate version of the script, possibly written by Frank Darabont, was (briefly) posted on the Internet.

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Well, I read it and its solid. Familiar, trope-ish writing, though. Hard to say if it would have made for a better filmwell I take that back because there is no mention of Mutt. So yeah, it would have been better. I wasn’t very impressed by it. I don’t think the judeo-christian themes and mythology of Raiders and Last Crusade mesh ecript well with aliens.

If Raiders and LC establish that the Judeo-Christian god is at least somewhat real, how do aliens that ostensibly gave birth to all ancient civilizations fit into the world’s pantheon of supreme beings?

Totally get the real world implications of what you’re saying- but IJ isn’t about answering these questions, it’s about retelling the tales the Serial Adventures that were popular in the era they were told. Mind you, Temple of Doom wasn’t based on Christianity but rather Hindu Mysticism and dark magic which comes in direct contention which Judeo-Christian beliefs just as much as anything else.

The 30’s were largely consumed with Hitler and his obsession with the occult.

It makes absolute sense it would feature a story based around “Aliens” the problem I think people have is the way it was poorly told. I thought it was fun enough, but you really, really have to like IJ to appreciate anything about I4. If anything I enjoyed it as a fanboy. Even Shia LeBuff couldn’t ruin it for me, as hard as he tried.

Nor could the wasted potential carabont a brilliant actress like Cate Blanchett, reduced to a terrible accent.

Looking at it that way, I’d agree. I guess I just associate Indy with religious archaeology more than Serial Adventures. The problem is that this isn’t the 50’s. Indiana Jones may have been inspired by those old serials, but it outgrew that long ago and became its own thing.

It feels right for him to catch a glimpse of some mysterious supernatural power, but it’s completely different for him to come face to face with an alien and watch it fly scrkpt in a spaceship. Yeah, I would not have sscript Lucas for passing on the script if the synopsis we read is accurate Dude gets turned in to a poison dart frog?

Even for Indy that’s a little too weird. Its not that they are worse, but that they nidy different. Indy never directly interacts with the gods, only their agents. Also, I think it dilutes the fantasy of having scripf be real. Vampires, werewolves, zombies, the creature from the black lagoon? Basically Zcript find it more believable that a fictional world would have one source of supernatural power rather than multiple. But it is a different era pulp fiction informing the older Indy. In the 50s it was all sci fi and red menace.

That is why it is different. I think you’re missing my real concern. I don’t care that the big boss was aliens.

I care that they showed the aliens center stage. Yeah, but the world already has multiple sources of supernatural power by having both the Judeo-Christian which is really two different entities, the Old Testament wrathful god of Raiders and, essentially, Jesus in Last Crusade and the Hindu gods. So why not aliens, especially since they moved the story to the sci-fi 50s?

Scriot Crystal Skull was the first in a “new direction of Jones” trilogy including a wider array of fantasy darzbont, then it would be more up for interpretation. Instead, it tried really hard to be familiar using a fantasy theme that nobody would consider familiar for the series.


I think the multiple gods are similar enough to count as a single source of power. All that is saying is that “hey, world religions got it right! Even multiple gods or multiple pantheons would make more sense Greek, Roman, Nordic, etc. Originally I felt the same way. I thought one of the main reasons the movie didn’t click was because Indy was dealing with aliens, instead of a religious artifact like all the previous 3 movies havebut I think that wasn’t really the reason.

I don’t see anything wrong with Indy dealing with aliens, but I think the way it was made just wasn’t right. A lot of things were just off, from the story to some of the characters and dialogue and some scenes. I think the one scene of the Russian lady using the crystal skull to try and warp Indy’s mind showed it had potential to be a decent plot object.

Kind of reminded me of the blood-filled skull from Temple of Doom. They just didn’t show the audience any of the skull’s power directly, and I think that hurt it even more. The original trilogy was almost closer to fantasy than sci-fi, and the fourth suddenly takes a very drastic scripy thematically. That mythos can be described broadly as magical icons from ancient civilizations, which fit nicely with Dr.

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For better or for worse, a lot of people feel that Aliens do not fit that mythos, jarring expectations and ruining the suspension of disbelief. The whole serious of movies prepped you to accept a certain form of fiction as that movie universe’s reality, then in the last movie gives you a whiplash by introducing a different “reality”.

As a poor analogy, what if after 3 movies featuring time traveling Terminators, a forth movie features a Terminator zombie reanimated by a wizard? Or if, in The Two Towers, acript as Helms Deep is about to fall, they are rescued by a band of traveling ninja warriors. I exaggerate, of course, but to people who found the aliens in Indy 4 galling, it undoubtedly feels the nidy. There was nothing in prior experience to lead you to believe that aliens exist in the Indy Universe, so the sudden introduction of them come from left field.

Yeah, I read a good chunk of it. I felt like in tone, he captured Indy as a character much better, as well as the sort of old movie adventure feel of the villains that you get in I and III.

But this is just reading off a page. I don’t necessarily think an Indy movie should do a direct sequel, but in this case I would have much insy it. A return to Raiders and the Ark would have been fun, and could have easily integrated the Cold War hysteria. Basic plot line would be, “Retired archaeology professor Henry “Indiana” Jones gets a mysterious package darbont letter from an anonymous person informing him he knows where his greatest lost treasure, The Ark of the Covenant, is being held.

Indy would join up with this mysterious person and his undy, and they would go on the adventure to find it, of course being trailed by the Russians the whole time who want the power of the Ark for themselves. The climax would take darabnt in the Warehouse instead of opening the movie, and would involve the US Indt and Russians having a big firefight in the warehouse with Indy desperately trying to get the Ark on a truck and out of there for safe keeping.

When Indy comes out of his daze, he hears in the distance on one of the deads soliders radio the US Army commander calling for anyone to answer and a status update on the firefight, and when nobody does, he orders, “We can’t let the Russians out of there alive with that thing, destroy them!

The Lucas and Spielberg could have their nuclear bomb moment, where Indy has to break free, he kills a ihdy Russians, gets on a truck in the Warehouse, a big chase happens, Indy barely makes out alive defeating the Russians, and the bomb goes off in the distance and the shockwave just barely hits him as he gets outs and watches the bomb in all it’s glory. Of course, when he turns around to get back in the truck, he notices the Ark is on the back of it, darwbont cover on the truck blow away by the nuclear blast.


Fade to the ending scene, someone is walking in a corridor, the camera pans up and it’s Marcus’ museum, Indy is standing by a display cabinet in a suit and his trademark hat, giving a tour, and the camera pans over and the Ark is in the display.

Of course, Indy tells the group it’s just a replica, scropt don’t know where the real Ark is, and we may never know. And if you want to get real fun and Spielbergian, have the final shot be a janitor mopping up the hallway in the museum, only to look at the Ark and start hearing the electronic hum they used in Raiders when it burned off the Swastika and cut to black.

It’s posts like this that make me wonder how many awesome movies darzbont never scrpit to scripy made. This could have been perfect. This really was the best “new Indy” experience I’ve had since the 4th installment news first kicked off. I really wish someone could have shown this to Spielberg. He has to know that movie pissed people off. I was with you until undy put the Ark in a museum. Darabonh, that thing needs to be locked away forever in that Warehouse where no one can get to it.

The irony of nuking the fridge becoming so ubiquitous as darabknt term for unrealistic plot devices is that it was actually a valid tactic. Because it was lead-lined and air-tight, it solves two of the biggest obstacles to surviving a Nuke: In real life, I would recommend lots of padding for when you get launched a couple hundred yards, but hey it’s Indiana Sceipt. But since a the movie had so many other unbelievable plot devices, plus b the audience was already straining to accept the alien premise, and c everyone is erroneously but reasonably taught that nuclear blasts are completely unsurvivable no matter what with no exceptions ever, this scene ends up getting thrown under the bus as the number one most unbelievable scene in the film, even though it isn’t.

From “Mythbusters Mailbag” on discovery. Well, it turns out that our skepticism was well-founded. In real life, the lead around the refrigerator would have offered absolutely no protection for Indy.

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Mathie, a scientist who researches intermediate energy nuclear physics at the University of Regina. That’s because the immediate damage caused by a nuclear explosion at close range is by heat and shockwaves, not radiation.

To me, it was as ill-considered as if the writers had thought, “people drown underwater because they need air That kind of zany logic can be fun in parody, but I’d say it’s a poor choice if the audience is supposed to care about dsrabont story. I wish they’d kept the comic relief more plausible.

But it was fine when he and his idiots survived falling out scrip a plane and down a mountain in an inflatable raft. If any part of my comment suggests Temple of Doom is the standard to go by, please let me know so I can rephrase it Well, any Indy movie should be a sufficient standard to go by, I would think, considering daranont also talking about an Indy movie.

The Lost Scripts, Part III: Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods

This seems to be the main problem with the script. Starting with this as the foundation zcript that the story was basically dead on arrival. I thought I read that the fridge was actually Spielbergs idea and Lucas was against it.