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His old Indiana Jones friends, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, were Frank Darabont, still fresh off his Oscar-nominated screenplay for. John Moore laments the lost, Shia-free version of Lucas and Spielberg’s summer hit but is it by Frank Darabont?. An alternate version of the script, possibly written by Frank Darabont, was Titled “Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods,” the version of the.

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When it was first announced that George Lucas, Harrison Ford, and Stephen Spielberg were contemplating a fourth dip back into the Franl Jones franchise and the character’s wishing well of good will, there were immediate red flags. The first was perhaps the most disconcerting – Lucas had just successful sunk his formerly viable Star Wars series, and most of the prequel problems came directly from the movie mogul’s hands-on approach to the material scripting, directing.

The acknowledged king of the popcorn blockbuster at least guaranteed someone sane – and skilled – behind the lens, but Lucas was still going to handpick the story to be told…and the individual to write the all important screenplay.

In the past, the scripts for the Indiana Jones films were crafted by some fairly impressive scribes. So of course, the first question many fans had was – who would write installment 4.

Oddly enough, the first name tossed around put everyone at ease. While he is many things, Frank Darabont is definitely a smart, intelligent filmmaker. From tohe helped fashion the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles into a cult hit. Of course, saw him finally break out into fdank big leagues, his adaptation of Stephen King’s Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption turning into one of the most beloved films of the decade and in some circles, all time.

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So he seemed like a natural to retrofit the aging character for a post-millennial mindset. Of course, with all things Indy, Lucas made sure his imprint was all over the proposed plot.

Certain elements had to be part of the updated environment. The Cold War would be substituted for WWII, Soviets would stand in for Nazis, Jones would be reunited with a famous face from the past, and the main narrative element would center around ancient astronauts, aka aliens, and the infamous crystal skulls that supposedly suggest that previous inddiana were inspired by or perhaps started by these visitors from another realm. It was a tall order, but if darrabont could pull these divergent elements together, it was Darabont.

That was back in ! Now, five years later, we have the finished film, a semi-successful jumpstart of the entire Indiana Jones universe, with the possibility of more to follow. Strangely enough, Darabont’s name is nowhere to be found. Responsible for a myriad of projects both good Sdript of the WorldsSpider-Man and mediocre Snake EyesThe Trigger Effecthe now sits on the final screenplay, maestro of the character’s move into a golden sunset retirement.

Those uninspired by the Summer hit openly questioned what happened to Darabont’s draft. Recent efforts like Rocky BalboaRob Zombie’s reimagined Halloweenand Speed Racer all got a going over before the first frame of celluloid could be shot. So the lack of a legitimate Darabont script seemed suspicious. After all, Lucas loves to keep a lid on his process, the better to keep the potential detractors at bay. And the pre-publicity junket provided the brave game face that marketers need to have their movie make money.

But you just knew that, somewhere along the line, Darabont’s version entitled Indiana Jones and The City of the Gods would eventually turn up.

And supposedly, it has. About three weeks ago, 11 June, G4TV’s The Feed – along with several other sites – ran reviews of what they called “a bootleg copy” of the script. Available for a short while in a PDF file, indianaa lucky enough to grab a look before it was summarily removed from the web learned a shocking fact – many of the elements fans complained about in part four were nowhere to be found in Darabont’s draft.


Even more disconcerting, Lucas’ money grubbing mitts seem to have guided the film away from its origins and more toward a crass, commercial feasibility. Perhaps the inndiana difference between what Darabont created and the final product is the lack of a certain character named Mutt. The adolescent rebel without joned clear creative cause except, perhaps, to carry on the Jones’ legacy in another franchise of indiaa is nowhere to be found in City of the Godswhile he more or less dominates the last two thirds of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Many view this character as a pure Lucas contrivance, an unnecessary link to Indiana Ecript past that exists only to further the series’ future installment prospects. Making matters worse, new neo-teen it boy Shia LeBeouf got the nod, indicating that in action adventure terms, the flavor of the moment defies artistic advantage.

Mutt’s absence aside, the other major element gone from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is bad gal diva scfipt Col. In her place – which really is a loss considering that the indomitable Cate Blanchett would be out of the film as well – City of the Gods has a frakn of unclear culprits, individuals who all want a piece of scri;t glass head action. Even more intriguing, the actual aliens themselves are made into villains by Darabont, evil in their desire to keep the skull’s secrets away from the modern world, if you will.

If there is one weakness in this occasionally talky script, it’s the lack of a clear antagonist. Indy always seems to work better when he’s up against a Belloq, an evil cult, or those bedeviling Germans of the Third Reich.

What’s indiaan in Darabont’s draft is the involvement of Marion Ravenwood. Much later on, we are reintroduced to the Raiders fave, Karen Allen bringing the same spunk and drive to the part that she did back in The thing is, as soon as she’s introduced, the new film treats her like luggage, a grinning goon carry-on that simply enjoys basking in her former lover’s presence.

Of course, in Koepp’s script, she’s mother material, giving Indy a biological link to the sequel shape of things to come. But Darabont actually treats Marion like an important part of the story. She is more sidekick than cast off, back to the original role she played during the hunt for the Ark of the Covenant.

She’s determined, not domesticated, a capable partner in this latest hunt. Clearly, Lucas didn’t want nostalgia usurping a potential payoff, so City of the Gods ‘ take on this material was tossed aside. In its place was a moment of fanboy fodder, followed by little else. The last big difference rests in one of Kingdom ‘s weakest subtexted – the notion of Indiana Jones as a potential communist sympathizer.

The McCarthy era element within the storyline is quickly shuttled aside for more of Mutt’s Wild One vagueness, and the whole notion that, somehow, during the War, our hero could have turned especially after helping the Soviets steal the Area 51 secrets is played as pointless.

It makes the eventual betrayal more plausible, palatable, and the questions of his motives much easier to accept. Of course, Darabont tosses in the action. There is a wonderful bi-plane scuffle, and a last act denouement which, while not quite the optical spectacle delivered by Spielberg in the actual film’s finale, does provide the requisite send-off.

Elsewhere, Indy’s dad makes an appearance, as do other characters missing from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. If you believe that this really is Darabont’s work he loved his version so much that when Lucas rejected it, he asked for pal Spielberg to intervenethen what is clear is that, xcript his boss wanted a way to reinvent the franchise with a new lead Mutt Jones and the Soda Ecript of Death!


City of the Gods was attempting something far more tenuous – pleasing the fans while finding a way to update the material after 16 years away from the fray. Many have noted that Lucas, already a pariah among even the most devoted fans of his previous efforts, cleary mandated a certain type of script, one that relied on occasional drops into junk culture juvenilia for the kones of a certain demographic can you say Jar Jar Binks???

He never daranont the X Indiana Jones for adults, believing – rightly or wrongly – that the character remains forever cemented to its Saturday kiddie matinee serial roots. And no one knows if Darabont’s particular vision would stay intact throughout the production process, a system that sees stars, producers, studios, and eventual focus groups adding their trademark two cents. But one can dream – and in that capacity, Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods by Frank Darabont or whomever provides that point of conjecture.

It reminds us of how manufactured most movies are, the creative committee stretching far beyond the simple mandates of a wide-eyed aficionado. That anything good comes out of such a struggle seems impossible, and yet the eventual release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull hit more marks than it missed. Would Darabont have been equally successful?

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