June 12, at am I just finished reading City of the Gods after a quick download late last night. Both Darabont and Koepp were working with the same basic alien skull story, which as an Indiana Jones adventure is inherently flawed. Still, couple that with some additional action and visual set pieces that thankfully move beyond the repetitious speedy chases found in the final Indy 4 a duel in the skies between two planes, a moonlit rooftop struggle and some jungle snakes, ants, and dragonflies mutated to prehistoric Ray Harryhausen inspired size and you end up with a little more serial-style, B-movie adventure than what ended up on the screen. It helps considerably that Marion is more of her old self, but without the screentime baggage presented by the Mutt character, more time is spent on believably re-igniting the Jones-Ravenwood fire and as a result, the ensuing and still unnecessary happily ever after ending was at the very least begrudgingly earned. Finally, and most importantly, while the Crystal Skull remains less-threatening and less-interesting than the previous relics Indy searched for, the aliens revealed here are more of a blood-thirsty threat and add some much needed danger to the third act.
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When you were in the dream cloud, what did you see? The alien part of the movie was also so wrong. Last I heard, she fell in love and married some big-shot director.
Aliens are just straight sci-fi, and that is absolutely not consistent with the Indy series. It buys you a lot. Now they just had to come up with a script. Dude gets turned in to a poison dart frog?
French characters, Vietnamese characters, Soviet characters. Indy gets his hands on the bag and finds it contains one of the 13 legendary crystal skulls.
I thought it was fun enough, but you really, really have to like IJ to appreciate anything about I4. Some things better, some worse. For leaked info about upcoming movies, twist endings, or anything else spoileresque, please use the following method: A return to Raiders and the Ark would have been fun, and could have easily integrated the Cold War hysteria. And the Soviets are also a worthy villain with plenty of weird stuff to explore, like mind control.
I care that they showed the aliens center stage. Just as over stuffed with silliness like crystal skull. That mythos can be described broadly as magical icons from ancient civilizations, which fit nicely with Dr. Darabont was still working from a general story framework by Lucas and Speilberg, so there were not going to be massive differences between the two. If this was further revised it probably could have been better.
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For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog. With the skull in his possession, Indy winds up in Peru where he learns that his old flame, Marion Ravenwood, is the one that hired Yuri to get the skull for her. What is the sum of: That was enough for Lucas to dig out his old story notes, outlines, and screenplays, including one for a never-filmed episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles that dealt with the real-life mystery of strange, Peruvian skulls carved out of crystal. And the pre-publicity junket provided the brave game face that marketers need to have their movie make money.
Frank Darabont’s Rejected ‘Indiana Jones 4’ Script Shows What May Have Been
Darabont, like many who took on this role I think writers in total worked on the project expressed dissatisfaction with how unfocused Spielberg and Lucas were, and the impossibility of satisfying both. The situations, characters, and plot may change significantly by the time the film is released. This is not a definitive statement about the project, but rather an analysis of this unique draft as it pertains to the craft of screenwriting. More Indiana Jones debate! The plan here is to do the usual break down and analysis. The reason to review this script is to figure out which is better, City of Gods or Crystal Skull. Did our crime-fighting beard-donning duo drop the ball by spending another four years to come up with Crystal Skull when they had a great script right under their noses?
Frank Darabont Indy Script Leaked?
Edit The story opens in Nevada around , where a semi-retired Indiana Jones and his Russian emigre workmate Yuri Makovsky are working in a Zuni site. One night, Indiana lends his truck to Yuri to travel to a nearby village but he sees Yuri meeting with other men and heading for a different direction, so Indy decides to follow the convoy and discover their intentions. After entering a secret US Army base in the desert, Indy discovers that Yuri is actually a Soviet agent and foils his plans to purchase an amount of uranium and a mysterious package from two corrupt American scientists. Indy escapes using a refrigerator as shelter and is rescued by the US Army. New York Edit After a long interrogation, Indy is released by the US government but an FBI agent is assigned to watch him anyway, as the government still suspects him of having communist sympathies. He also loses his job at Barnett College and decides to forget the shock by drinking.
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