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.
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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? Night gave at the peak of his powers, when he was recruited to write a draft of Indy 4. He said that Spielberg and Lucas had all these story elements they absolutely had to have in the script, and M.
The irony, of course, is that Night would give up his youngest child to get an Indy writing assignment from Lucas and Spielberg these days. But I digress. Hey, what do you know, Gods starts out with cars racing in the desert. Kind of like Crystal Skull.
And just like Skull, none of our main characters are in those cars. Why would they be? That would be exciting. I agree that introducing Indiana Jones in any sort of passive or reactive manner is a risky proposition. Indy is retired. I liked that. It made sense in the context of where Indy was in his life. And at the helm of this tomfoolery? Indiana decides to follow them, taking them and him into that AREA 51 warehouse that Skull starts with.
We then, of course, get the whole atomic bomb sequence because Spielberg just had to have it in there. And afterwards, just like Skulls, Indy gets fired from his job.
The Crystal Skull lives! My guess is that Lucas is responsible for this choice, as he used the same painful plot device in Attack Of The Clones, when Obi-Wan was conveniently mistaken for an evil jedi at the Clone Farm. Why Marion of course! Finally, around page 50, the plot to City Of Gods is revealed. Which script for Indy was better? Gods or Crystal Skull? City of Gods was more focused. Things made more sense. Whereas in Crystal Skull, I was constantly confused about where we were going and why we were going there.
However, Crystal Skull was just more…fun. In other words, a big fat fake. I mean, this was just ripe for comedic conflict-packed banter. City of Gods also suffers from a lack of interesting bad guys. She never killed anyone. Never did anything that bad. In retrospect, I agree. So the lame villain streak continues. The thing is, the scariest character in both movies, a tall pale Harry Potter-like villain named The Thin Man, is killed off before we even start our adventure.
It was the only scene in both Gods and Crystal Skull that brought something new to the Indiana Jones franchise, and yet felt like it was steeped in what made the original movie so fun. You have our characters walking along the wings of bi-planes, moving from one plane to the other, all while fighting off baddies.
It was quite clever, and my favorite part of the script. A giant snake eats Indy in this one The power of the Lost City has affected the growth of animals in the area so all the animals are bigger — I seriously doubt Darabont had anything to do with this idea. You actually feel like their exploration of the city is structured. In Crystal Skull, I had no idea why we were in that cave at any point. So let me ask you, if you were to write Indiana Jones 5, what would your plot be?
Script link: This script is out there in several places via a google search. But over time, screenplays change. They take on a new direction, and many of the elements in that original version you conceived no longer apply.
If you try and hold onto those elements even your favorite ones , they may prevent your story from reaching its potential. I find that, sometimes, getting rid of that scene you love so much from the original draft can open the door to a million new story possibilities.
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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.
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Plot[ edit ] In , Indiana Jones and his partner George "Mac" Micale have been kidnapped from their archaeological excavating work in Mexico by Soviet agents working under Colonel Dr. Irina Spalko, who infiltrate a secret, governmental Nevada warehouse labeled " Hangar 51 " and force Jones to locate a mummified corpse from the Roswell UFO incident , 10 years earlier, on which he was forced to work. Shortly after, Mac reveals he has become a double agent working for the Soviets. He takes shelter in a lead-lined refrigerator and is rescued, decontaminated, and interrogated by FBI agents, who suspect him of working for the Soviets.