His old Indiana Jones friends, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, were Frank Darabont, still fresh off his Oscar-nominated screenplay for. Penned by Frank Darabont, this was Steven Spielberg’s favoured option for the Darabont set his script in the s, and introduced us to an Indiana Jones. John Moore laments the lost, Shia-free version of Lucas and Spielberg’s summer hit but is it by Frank Darabont?.

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If made, it could have been a welcome addition to the Indy cannon and easily earned a place alongside the other sequels.

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

So what’s the biggest difference between the two versions? Surviving a nuclear blast in a fridge? And that exchange, that line, means so much to this film, especially to the climax, that it’s easy to say it works better. We call that a climax in this business.

He then swings around and decks Yuri, forcing the plane to swerve and dive. In this way, the Lines actually point them to the City of the Gods like enormous road signs. And then they kiss.

So why didn’t the script get the jonrs light? Shia can get his own hat. The Action As you’d expect from any Indiana Jones script, action sequences are abundant and relentless in City of the Gods. The film also ends not with a spaceship flying away into space, but a spaceship trying to fly away into space, only to crash-land and explode in a second nuclear inferno. Indy gives Marion a cocky smile, and she points to the flames that have just erupted from the engine.


Yeah, they’re all sccript, as well as some even sillier stuff, like an “Anaconda”-esque snake that devours Indy whole and a cameo for Henry Jones Sr.

The plane comes in hard and fast, its wings sheared off by jungle foliage and it belly flops on the ground. Grab a box of tissues and get ready to cry over what could have been…. With Marion in an unstable plane, Indy tells her to wing walk over to his plane.

Now they just had to come up with a script.

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

But then Yuri appears, floating down on a parachute, armed with a machine gun. Mileage finally catching up with you?

But the four biggest differences in this draft also double as the four best: A flying saucer erupts from the ground, lifting the ruins into dsrabont air, but soon the machine sputters and falls back into its ancient grave.

Another to be the deadliest creature alive. At least we think it did.

Digital Media Academy, Inc. Oh yeah, there are still aliens. Whether it would have actually made a better movie than Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is impossible to know. Indy gets his hands on the bag and finds it contains one of the 13 legendary crystal skulls. We’ll let Marion ask: We also see Sallah brieflya play on Indy’s fear of snakes, repeated references in the dialogue Indy: Spielberg, who thought up the story concept for the fourth film, loved the script.

Spielberg also refused to budge on not liking that idea. As Lucas and Spielberg started working on ideas for another movie, Lucas refused to budge from an idea he had five years before — a s sci-fi B-movie tribute involving aliens and flying saucers. His old Indiana Jones friends, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, were on hand to speak at the event, marking the first time they’d all been in the same room together in many years.


Remember Me Lost your password? After falling from the cloud, Indy shoots the skull, destroying the entire temple — again, denying any creature that much power. The alien releases him and moves on to Yuri. Last I heard, she fell in love and married some big-shot director.

And, make no mistake about it, there are moments of real beauty in scrpt thing. The first time we see her onscreen, she literally punches Indy in the face. A character swinging through the trees like Tarzan? But little do they realize there’s a jungle plateau ahead and Marion can’t get the plane pulled up in time.

It’s quite a thrill ride that barely gives the audience a moment to breathe.

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One for ultimate wisdom. Register Forgotten Password Cancel. Not even the aliens. In addition, the script is filled with interesting Indy-esque characters, such as a henchman known as The Thin Man, who dresses in black and has a scar running down his face through a milky-white eye. What is the sum of: We call that franl awesome climax.