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Want To Hear More About INDY 4 Straight From Frank Darabont

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

I’ve gotten a shitload of e-mail from people asking me to pester Frank Darabont for some sort of comment on INDY 4 because they know we are friendly. That’s precisely why I was hesitant to try to get him to go on the record. I can tell you from recent experience that when a studio or a producer decides to go to another writer on a project, the last thing you feel like doing is running out to talk to people about it, especially when it’s something that you’ve put your blood, sweat, and tears into. I was at a screening a few years back that Frank threw of the original RAIDERS. He borrowed Spielberg’s show print of the film and screened it for us, and the entire screening room full of people was absolutely transported by the film, like it was brand new and we’d never seen it before. Frank is the real deal, as big an Indy fan as you’ll ever meet, and when we first met, over a decade ago, he was working as a staff writer on THE YOUNG INDIANA JONES CHRONICLES, a job he seemed to love dearly.

So instead of me asking him about it, we put Quint on the case and asked him to keep his ears open at the recent Santa Barbara Film Festival, and this is what he’s got as a result. I’ll add that in addition to THE MIST and FAHRENHEIT 451, Frank’s been working on an adaptation of Robert McCammon’s MINE that has an absolutely blistering script... primal and powerful and ready to kick the audience’s ass as soon as it gets a director. Anyway, here’s Quint with the good word...

Ahoy, squirts! You folks might remember my report from the Santa Barbara Film Festival a week or so back (if not, read it here!!!) where I had some news from the Q&A Frank Darabont did for his early directorial work, BURIED ALIVE. He talked about THE MIST and the upcoming release of THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION in a Special Edition DVD.

Harry ran me through the ringer for not getting any INDY 4 news outta Darabont in the intro to the report, but little did he know that I did have my trusty tape recorder with me and a special little mini-cassette filled with Darabont's voice.

Now, I'm not the kind of asshole to try to grab a quote he tells a fan in confidence, so the below transcription comes from a discussion he had with a local reporter. I figure if he's telling a journalist, then this is cool for the public to know. Here's what he said:

"The short and simple version of the INDIANA JONES 4 situation is that after more than a year of working closely with Steven Spielberg developing the story, I had completed a screenplay that Steven loved and was hoping to shoot in July of this year. However, George Lucas had issues with the script and slammed on the brakes in order to rework the material himself. There is talk of enlisting another writer. Given that George is the producer, but even moreso because of their long and close friendship, Steven is deferring to George in this situation.

It is now up to them to try to find a common ground regarding the film. I wish them luck and hope their efforts result in something they're both excited about shooting. What, if anything, might remain of my work at the end of the process is anybody's guess, assuming the film even gets made at this point. As for me, I'm disappointed, but I'm putting the experience behind me and moving on with my life and my own projects."

If George Lucas wasn't already on the shit lists of geeks everywhere this news would have put him there. What kind of ego must it take to turn a go-picture with Steven Spielberg into a development deal? If it wasn't for my sources telling me that Darabont's script was exactly where the series needed to go, then I might give Lucas the benefit of the doubt...

This is a sad day. George "You killed all those innocent children... God, you're so hot!" Lucas deciding he wants to "rework" Frank Darabont's script... Something's wrong with this picture...

Well, I guess that just means Darabont can get crackin' on the two fantastic story adaptations he has: Ray Bradbury's FAHRENHEIT 451 and Stephen King's THE MIST. Both I'm excited to see... FAHRENHEIT for it's political timeliness and THE MIST for the badass tentacle monsters!

Anyway, it's my birthday, so I better get on to the little party my friends are throwing for me. I'll be back soon, squirts. 'Til that day, this is Quint bidding you all a fond farewell and adieu.

-Quint

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  • Feb. 16, 2004, 8:34 a.m. CST

    poop

    by jollysleeve

    hello?

  • Feb. 16, 2004, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Does anyone really care about another one?

    by Precinct13

    I mean, really! How many people still talk about "Never Say Never Again" when talking about the Bond films? Indy as a senior citizen was alreday done on that horrible "Young Indiana Jones" series. You know, the guy with the eye patch!

  • Feb. 16, 2004, 8:35 a.m. CST

    McCammon Time!

    by Ansai

    Long time coming for something other than "NightStalkers" to be adapted from the written page.

  • Feb. 16, 2004, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Please Stop Lucas and his ego

    by williammunny

    Please Stop Lucas and his ego before they kill again. Writing is certainly his weakest point, it is just ridiculous that he is holding up a script so HE can rewrite it.

  • Feb. 16, 2004, 8:37 a.m. CST

    I'm sad, I know.

    by jollysleeve

    I apologize. I've always thought that those "I'm first" people are sad and annoying. But damnit, the opportunity just presented itself, and I couldn't resist. At least my message header was equal parts thoughtful and thought-provoking. Poop!

  • Feb. 16, 2004, 8:57 a.m. CST

    This is hilarious.

    by jollysleeve

    George Lucas halting production on a Spielberg movie because he wanted to take a crack at Frank Darabont's script. Great...... Maybe they can get Pauly Shore to give Harrison a few acting lessons. And they should make sure John Williams consults with Vanilla Ice before the score is finalized. Also, just to be sure this sequel is top-notch, they should get Steven Segal to choreograph the action scenes. Tammy Faye Baker could do the make-up. Jeffrey Dahmer could run the Kraft services. Stevie Wonder should take over Cinematography duties. Do you sense my sarcasm?......... Actually, I have an even better idea. Maybe Michael Eisener could build a time machine so he can personally touch up a few dozen frames of Pinnochio before its release.

  • Feb. 16, 2004, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Yeah, like Lucas is the definitive opinion on script writing

    by Dragonfire

    Sorry, but someone had to say it. Honestly though, a script that both Spielburg and Darabont like and Lucas doesn't? Sounds like a good script to me.

  • Feb. 16, 2004, 1:51 p.m. CST

    HARRY AND MORI - buy some fucking bandwidth!

    by Tony Mike Hall

    This is not meant as a flame, but as much-needed criticism. I have been coming to this site for years and the access has always SUCKED ASS. What is the deal? For fuck's sake, throw down some cash and buy some more bandwidth. Your neglect sends a clear message to the readership

  • Feb. 16, 2004, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Stop Lucas Ego? Thank God he STOPPED THIS MOVIE! FUCK what the n

    by Fatboy Roberts

    C'mon now. This is GREAT news. Why? Because Indy IV is a BAD IDEA. Not just because it negates the perfect ending to the previous trilogy (how the fuck do you beat literally RIDING OFF INTO THE SUNSET as THE END pops up onscreen) and not because times have changed, but because Spielberg has grown past that time and period in his creativity, and I'm not sure he needs to retread the same old shit at this point in his (much more interesting, now) career..but because of this: HARRISON FORD IS A TIRED, DRIED UP, WASHED UP, PERSONALITY-DEPRIVED HACK NOW. It's depressing but true. There is no way you can write a good Indy script and expect this guy to deliver any work worth a shit anymore. It's not just that he's too old, although that IS a big factor. He can tone up all he want but he's still hangdog looking, still overly wrinkled and you can't CG-out the lack of will and tiredness behind his eyes. And that's been in every single ONE of his movies SINCE Last Crusade. He can't do this work anymore. This movie was a bad idea from it's inception, and if Lucas is slamming the brakes on it, good. I hope he fucking keeps those brakes slammed on. There's no point to this movie, no reason to revisit that ground, and it's bound to disappoint even IF there's a script that works...

  • Feb. 16, 2004, 2:10 p.m. CST

    And I don't care how good a writer Darabont is, there's no way t

    by Fatboy Roberts

    The man cannot play Indiana Jones anymore. It's almost as bad as Connery coming back to play Bond in Never say Never again--except Connery was in better physical shape and hadn't become a burn out. That movie disappointed many, and this is a WORSE situation. I know he WAS Indy, and no one else CAN be Indy, but Harrison Ford cannot be Indy anymore. I think maybe Lucas recognizes this. I hope Lucas is simply using Darabont's script as a scapegoat to simply say "c'mon guys, this is silly. Indy is done, let's not pull an Alien Resurrection here and ruin the goodwill by going forward, negating a great ending to a trilogy and mucking it up with a bunch of contrived plot machinations to work around the fact that our Indy is a grumpy old fart who's only effective weapon is the crooked finger of death. And why the fuck should Lucas worry about the fanboy shitlist anyway? Fanboys are THE most hypocritical fanbase ever, and yunno why? Because even when we piss ourselves, slit our wrists and fling shit in every direction in righteous indignation--WE STILL BUY THE SHIT UP! WE still buy tickets. We still purchase toys. We undermine our own voice with our actions--that is, if our voice was worth listening to in the first place--lucky for most of us that we're more concerned with using terms like "Anal Rape" when describing disappointment at watching movies. That helps validate our overblown opinion. Fuck this soap-opera characterization we load on Lucas' head. it doesn't add to anything, and it doesn't take away the fact this movie was a bad idea, and even IF it was executed well, us jaded asshole fanboys would react in an "Eh" manner. Hell, maybe Lucas figured out, via TPM, that there's more to lose by resurrecting past heroes, than there is to gain. There's no point to this remake and I"m glad it's completely stalled out. Maybe now Darabont can fucking get "THE MIST" made. Lazy ass.

  • Feb. 16, 2004, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Lucas is OUT OF HIS MIND!

    by Manaqua

    He has been surrounded by yes men for far too long. How out of touch can one guy get? I absolutley can't wait for Lucas to direct a non-starwars film sometime down the line so everybody can be objective and sit back and watch the trainwreck unfold. There is no way in hell this guy can tell a story. For him to pull the plug on a script that Spielberg and Darabont were happy with? What a fuckin moronic asshole. And to say HE is gonna rework it. I wouldn't trust George to rewrite a Haiku! Ah the trappings of power. 'Yes George, anything you say George'

  • Feb. 16, 2004, 5:26 p.m. CST

    This does not sound good

    by INWOsuxRED

    Isn't this the same script that was written with Kevin Costner in mind to play Indy's brother? Maybe this is a different one, I'm not sure. Either way, Ford is no longer "that guy" who used to play Indy. Throw in an ugly plot device like a brother(who also happens to be horribly washed up) and it sounds even worse. What would Indy even be doing now? Would it take place during the Cold War? Ugh, this movie should not be made. Harrison Ford is depressing just to look at, to watch him fumble through Indy would be painful. Even if the script is actually good(Speilberg has been involved in a lot of crap, it might not be a good script), that doesn't make it right for the times or who the actors will be. I'm hopeful Lucas realizes it now and isn't just wanting to tinker.

  • Feb. 16, 2004, 7:31 p.m. CST

    What did the five fingers say to the face?

    by wash

    SLAP! I'm George Lucas, bitch!

  • Feb. 16, 2004, 7:53 p.m. CST

    HARRY! Spend some money on your bandwidth, rather than your eno

    by mustang_dvs

    Christ almighty, your site is one of the top entertainment websites, yet you cheap-out on the fucking bandwidth! |\/|\/| Spend some money on your site, rather than your enormous appetite, you cheap bastard.

  • Feb. 16, 2004, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Step on the brakes a little, lucas-haters.

    by Lobanhaki

    I'm looking at this, and I'm telling myself, if Lucas screws anything up, You've got Spielberg to talk sense into him. Besides, anybody who thinks Lucas is getting worse on these things should be informed that Lucas used Tom Stoppard to do rewrites on Star Wars Episode III. Tom Stoppard is the guy who rewrote SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE into that movie that won the Oscars.

  • Feb. 16, 2004, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Is this NON-article just an excuse to get another Lucas-bashing

    by The Hillbrothers

    Because there is nothing new here. We already new that Lucas put the kaibash on Darabont's script because he wasn't happy with it. This article has informed me that Lucas put the kaibash on Darabont's script because... he wasn't happy with it. But at least I now know Darabont is upset about it. I want to give Darabont more credit than is due to an idea like "Indy & Bro." I hope that was not his script. The third film was crap because it gave Indy's father too much screen time. It wasn't Indy anymore, but "Indy & Dad." Connery was good, but it was played for laughs. It was a gimmick. Well, so was Short Round, but I think Temple of Doom also sucks in comparison to the original, which is pretty much a perfect film. Watching the DVD recently (rented, because I have no desire to pay for the other 2 movies) it felt like I was watching a classic from the 60's or 70's, and I thought, "Damn I'm old!" But anyway, the Indy trilogy just fell apart after the first one IMO, and Indy's brother, Indy vs. the Martians, whatever has ben suggested, if any of that was in the script, then I'm glad it's not getting made. I'm a Lucas advocate. But I can't believe no one's suggested yet, as far as I've seen, that Lucas is delaying this project so that it doesn't have to compete with his own film, Ep 3. Not that I care. I will see a new Indy film at least once in the theater regardless of its competition, but I want it to be good, and be about Indy, and not his family. They should bring back Karen Allen, because Marion is the true love of his life. No dad, no brother, no aliens. And no 1600 year old British Knights who speak modern English. Honestly I can't think of an idea worth reviving the series that wouldn't make me think they should have stopped after Raiders of the Lost Ark.

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 1:04 a.m. CST

    a half hour to get this page to load up for THIS?

    by Silver Shamrock

    For everybody being so well connected with Frank Darabont... I learned nothing new. As much as I can't stand Lucas, it's a little early to knee jerk and blame the guy. He only invented Indiana Jones. None of us have any idea what Darabont did, or didn't do. And, pretty please, with sugar on top, GET SOME FUCKING BANDWIDTH!

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 1:49 a.m. CST

    It's not the bandwidth, it's the fact that this site is written

    by howardroark

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Lucas is a fucken MORON and its about time he knows this

    by Rcamacho2278

    Fucken with spielberg you gotta be kidding me, Lucas is gonna add CGI and some crazy CGI antics to his little flick. I told you, DONT fucken expect miracles with star wars 3. You fuckers had a field day with how much matrix sucked but when it comes to star wars your WAY too soft.

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 2:11 a.m. CST

    George is reworking it?!?!?!

    by VoteRoslin08

    Cue the CGI communists

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Sorry dorks, it's George's show

    by Lazarus Long

    I find it funny that some Lucas haters here think Spielberg is somehow a better judge of material than Lucas. Wasn't it Steve himself that was gushing over The Phantom Menace before it came out? More importantly, correct me if I'm wrong, but Lucas has had more experience with the Indy character than Spielberg or Darabont, having a pretty deep creative hand in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, many of which were better than Temple of Doom and Last Crusade. So why automatically do people assume Darabont's script was spot-on (when his last two produced screenplays resulted in two less-than-stellar films), or that Spielberg knows what's best for the franchise? Even if the Lucas haters are given the benefit of the doubt, just because the man may not write great scripts on his own (although I'm not going to point that finger at the man who gave us American Graffiti and THX-1138) doesn't mean he would shoot down someone's hard work on some egotistical whim. The man isn't some tyrant just because he's surrounded by yes-men. The logic would be to say, "If Lucas thinks it's a bad script it must be REALLY terrible!" Who cares anyway, because Harrison Ford is a washed-up stiff who doesn't deserve another turn of cinematic glory. He's made so many poor choices in the last 15 years I have no desire to see him in anything. What Lucas and Spielberg SHOULD do is create some new iconic hero that can be played by a younger actor with some actual life in his acting; with the marketing skills of those two they could send anything into the stratosphere.

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Reply to those praising Lucas for putting the stop on Indy IV...

    by VoteRoslin08

    To those praising Lucas for putting the stop on Indy IV, don't fool yourself. This in NO WAY means it won't ever happen. After Lucas gets his hand on the script and convinces himself he's reworked it into another "classic", you WILL see an Indy IV even if ILM has to generate Ford AND Speilberg with CGI!

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Relax, it's onl y a movie.

    by Gere's AssGerbil

    If Lucas and Spielberg are on board, the this movie SHOULD be made. You guys that are worried that another sequel will somehow taint the series need to relax. Yes, Raiders is a great film, but it's no Schindler's List. At its heart it's pure camp. And Temple of Doom and Last Crusade, while still fun and enjoyable enough, were certainly lesser works and both smelled of a desire to cash in. And there was that TV show, for Pete's sake. How exactly is another sequel gonna cheapen the franchise when the series was merely goofball fun (albeit masterfully executed) from frame one? Having said all that, quality is important, and I trust Lucas to have his characters' best interests at heart. Personally, I just hope they bring back Short Round and Marion. Connery could work, too, but I really think we saw enough of him in Last Crusade. But, for all our sakes, let's hope Mrs. Spielberg stays far, far away from this one. Anything goes, indeed!

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 3:30 a.m. CST

    If they go with the brother story idea cast TOM SELLECK!!!

    by Commando Cody

    Least that would be cool since (1) he was the original choice to BE Indy but couldn't get out of his Magnum PI contract and (2) he'd still be a helluva lot better and faaaaaaaaaar more personable in the role than someone like ego-case like Costner. Plus Selleck still looks good. Oh, hell, that's probably why they won't cast him because in comparison Tom's still looking good while Harrison's REALLY looking like a sack of shit these days. Damn, if only Selleck was cast originally we'd have a shot at an INDY 4 even this late and STILL have a good looking, in shape Indy!

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Hell yes! Go Lucas! CAN THIS FUCKER! Get someone NEW!!!

    by Commando Cody

    Harrison was ok in the role, but come on -- did you SEE those paparazzi tabloid shots of him drunk in Mexico? See him in HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE? Seeing Harrison back in the role grunting and groaning away will be as embarrassing as watching Roger Moore in VIEW TO A KILL where you just sat there, stared at the screen wanting to see James Bond in action...but instead were covering your eyes and you just felt BAD for the guy thinking "Oh, man, didn't anyone have the guts to realize this is just looking sooooo fucking sad? That this guy's time in the role is over?" I don't want an INDY 4 that sucks wind that much. Lucas is probably right to can this...maybe he's wised up and realized that too. Maybe he realized that even having Indy playing to his age is a bad idea -- that what summer moviegoers REALLY want is a younger, more dashing cliffhanger serial hero again. If Lucas and Spielberg were smart, they'd say "Yeah, let's do some more Indy for fun" but they'd CAST A NEW GUY!

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Do we honestly need an Indy 4???? If Ford isn't retiring to let

    by The Founder

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Y'know, just yesterday at a GOP book-burning rally the timelines

    by Darth_Inedible

    Oh yea we were burning Michael Moore books. With each shoveload of 'Angry White Men' and 'Dude, Where's My Country?' the fire grew brighter and hotter with the promise of a new, unstoppable Republican regime that would cover all the lands in a second darkness. It was beautiful, but somehow sad at the same time.

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 4:48 a.m. CST

    George Lucas is this generations Fatty Arbuckle

    by Bcphil

    Except he is using the coke bottle on the fans.

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Digital Indy

    by Badtz

    I firmly believe that Lucas is trying to delay Indy 4 so that Harrison Ford becomes too old to play the part anymore. Why? Let's face it, Lucas has been itching for years to make a movie with an all-digital actor. Jar-Jar Binks was an experiment, now Lucas wants to make a movie with an all CG human character. If Ford is too old to play Indy anymore, what better excuse is there? It's his dream. Then, if he succeeds with that, then you'll see him make Star Wars 7-9 with CG Mark Hammil and the rest of the gang.

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 6:29 a.m. CST

    This is George's Revenge....

    by TheAllSeeingEye

    For being usurped on Raiders. It's well known George Lucas fucking hated the scene where Indy shot that big mofo with the sword and he wanted to reshoot the fight. Luckily for us Spielberg stood his ground and as a result we not only have a fucking classic movie but perhaps one of the most memorable scenes in cinematic history. So the question remains, do i think Spielberg is a better judgment on material than lucas? Hell yeah!

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Re:Fatboy

    by williammunny

    The problem with your post is that Lucas isn't trying to prevent the movie from being made, he is only trying to insert his own writing into it. I think no matter how much of a Lucas apologist you are, you have to concede that writing and dialogue are not his strong suit. He may have a feel for story, for larger overarching ideas, but the idea of him tidying up a script shouild be frightening to anyone who has seen Episode II (.e. Anakin, your mother was just ruthlessly murdered by sandpeople, What's wrong? Well Padme, I just killed a bunch of innocent women and children. Oh Anakin, keep talikng, this is making me hot.) Personally, I didn't have much hope for this movie. I have read about two scripts, the aforementioned Kevin Costner script, a bad idea made worse by time, and the Roswell script, which was filled with the kind of hokiness Lucas seems to revel in these day, complete with the reappearance of Short Round. I think that at best this move will be ok, at worst it will seriously damage the integrity of the originals, the way Eps I and II have done to Star Wars. I agree, the movie should probably not be made, but if it is, it should be made without Lucas "fixing" the script. I am not the biggest fan of Spielberg, so many of his movies are "broken", but he does have a better eye for scripts and dialogue than Georgie Boy.

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 7:07 a.m. CST

    The problem with Darabont's script....

    by Rupee88

    ...was that Indy shot first.

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Lucas

    by Caerdwyn

    I see a strange dichotomy in Lucas. On one hand, he is a lot like 100,000 other sci-fi or D&D geeks out there... he is very creative and has some good ideas for storytelling, but is no different than Johnny Diceroller the DM down the street who crafted his own weekender role-playing campaign for himself and his friends. Lucas just got an early break and ran with it. On the other hand, he apparently lacks the skill of crafting an overall pleasing product. He alone cannot make a "good" movie as evidenced by Episode 1 and 2. He needs the help of other talented, creative individuals to form the sort of team who brought us Star Wars or Raiders. Spielburg should not be deferring to George, Lucas should be deferring to Spielburg!

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 7:26 a.m. CST

    RAIDERS was the only good one anyway. The chick in TEMPLE was MU

    by HansDelbruck

    ...and if you watch the box-set documentary, it's Spielberg who wanted all the childish 'comic releif' shit. G.L. wanted things to be darker. Get the fuck off his back for once.

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 8:01 a.m. CST

    I still want to see this

    by Giant Fish

    Indy is Lucas' character; he invented him and has the right to rewrite him all he wants. Ford's not too old, as long as it's handled correctly. He's still younger and fitter than Connery was in The Rock. Just make the stubble a little longer, like in that Young Indiana Jones episode where Ford played Indy as a bearded fifty-year-old; he looked great!

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 10:05 a.m. CST

    I think Hulk Hogan should play Indiana Jones

    by mbaker

    Why did it have to be snakes, Brother?

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Lucas wants to rework it himself?

    by 007-11

    If you listen closely you can almost hear the script going to shit.

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 3:47 p.m. CST

    i cannot not care

    by drjones

    aarggghh... a few months back these sentences by frank darabont could have been TB satire: >>george lucas is gonna rework the indy4 script<< a typical joke of a mad and angry geek who wants to see han shoot first. now it`s REALITY. however, george lucas IS the inventer(does this word exist?) of the indy story and has of course his rights to decide what

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 4:23 p.m. CST

    "how the fuck do you beat literally RIDING OFF INTO THE SUNSET "

    by minderbinder

    Hell, why not just end with "And they all lived happily ever after..."

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 9:56 p.m. CST

    LUCAS HASN'T WRITTEN A DECENT SCRIPT SINCE HOWARD THE DUCK.

    by Alcamaeon

    Whoever thinks this man can write a good script is a fucking moron. The only thing Star Wars is good for is the special effects. The story details have gone to shit. He can make Ford look 20yrs younger with ILM, but nothing more. I'm sure he'll surprise us with the startling revelation that Sallah is a distant relative of Chewie. Give me a fucking break.

  • Feb. 17, 2004, 10:29 p.m. CST

    by TheSecondEvil

    /Quote/Christ almighty, your site is one of the top entertainment websites/End Quote/ That's the funniest thing I've heard all day.

  • Feb. 18, 2004, 2:59 a.m. CST

    remember that quote?

    by INWOsuxRED

    Where Speilberg talked about how insanely great it was that in this one Indy got to say "Its not the mileage, its the years"? That is the guy you want judging this script? He actually said that on TV, so it isn't like somebody's brother's friend overheard a guy at the ice cream store who might have been an anonymous executive. Steven said that. Is that the tone you want for the next Indy? He probably just had his wife read it and she liked it because she is in it and needs the work, so he had to like it too.

  • Feb. 18, 2004, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Indiana Jones

    by MisterBlonde

    Indiana Jones should be played by Matthew Broderick. And the title should go: Indiana Jones, the Sausage King of Chicago. Toby Fot should play his dog, Fucktard the Malevolent Diggle-shit.

  • Feb. 18, 2004, 3:32 a.m. CST

    by MrPeanut

    CGI!!! CGI!!!!!!

  • Feb. 18, 2004, 3:36 a.m. CST

    It only took me two days ...

    by Darth Chode

    ... to open this article. nice site. god forbid more than three people want to get on it at once.

  • Feb. 18, 2004, 3:38 a.m. CST

    All the Indy flicks were great. Even TLC. Shit even TTOD is bett

    by TheGinger Twit

  • Feb. 18, 2004, 9:14 a.m. CST

    "except for the original star wars, right?"

    by minderbinder

    Wow, if you think Lucas made SW all by himself, you don't know much about those movies. He wanted to put in lots of cutesy bullshit, but folks like Kurtz and his then wife kept him in line. You can totally see the difference on Jedi when Kurtz and Lucas parted ways - Kurtz tried to talk him out of ewoks, another death star, Leia being Luke's sister etc...

  • Feb. 18, 2004, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Pay for some damn bandwidth!

    by Brian Bialy

    I can't believe how incredibly slow your site is HARRY! Quit begging for "Presents" and pay up so that MAYBE you can have the top entertainment news site again. Otherwise I am going to get my news from that Berge guy up in Canada.

  • Feb. 18, 2004, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Imagine the Discoveries

    by UnHoly Ram

    Come on don't you think we should lay off Lucas a bit. I mean think of the discoveries that could come of him writing Indy 4. Like say we discover that Indy never really had a mother, and he was just immaculately conceived. Or maybe that his whip is really some mystical force, that only he can control due to an extremely high level of mystic elements called mitachondrion. The possibilities are endless.

  • Feb. 18, 2004, 11:06 p.m. CST

    As bad an idea as "DIE HARD 4" and "MAD MAX 4"

    by Johnny Ahab

    I hope "INDY 4" just dries up and goes away. It's stupid. Unnecessary. And waaaaaay too long in the tooth. Can't these Hollywood fuckers INVENT SOMETHING NEW AND ORIGINAL for a change??? Did we really need the crappy Star Wars prequels? I didn't. Let's move on, people. (But I will take an "EVIL DEAD 4", thanks.)

  • Feb. 19, 2004, 12:12 a.m. CST

    NEW RULE: People who go to the trouble to write "Who cares about

    by Bill Maher

    Lucas wrote the first Star Wars and was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar. He was nominated for Best Director twice. Two actors who worked for him were nominated for Oscars for their acting (Alec Guiness and Candy Clark). So anyone who claims Lucas doesn't know screenwriting or how to direct actors is an ignorant cunt who only repeats things they hear other people say. One would think that after the fourth person had written "Lucas rejected the script because he wants to fuck it up." or "What does Lucas know about scripts?", that someone might at least TRY to phrase their ignorant bullshit in an original way. But that requires an original thought -something (along with pussy) most geeks never had and never will. I'm glad Lucas had the integrity to pull the plug on something he didn't like, if only because tormenting illiterate assholes who post on AICN TalkBack is fun. For some reason, certain people on AICN have decided Frank Darabont can do no wrong. They are only fooling themselves.

  • Feb. 19, 2004, 3:47 a.m. CST

    fuck all u lucas backstabbers

    by seanpb

    GEORGE LUCAS WAS THE INDIANA KING, obviously u havn't watched any of the dvd stuff where it says in many places LUCAS ACTUALLY DEVISED THE STORIES, hmmm the story/plot of a film is usually the most importent part of the film, episode 2 was a step in the right direction, episode 3 will rock, Lucas defined a style and an era, have some faith fuckers

  • Feb. 19, 2004, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Darabont adapted Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, one of the best ad

    by Sith Witch

    And the only reason Harry disagrees is because he has not actually read the original novel!

  • Feb. 19, 2004, 8:58 a.m. CST

    "anyone who claims Lucas doesn't know screenwriting or how to di

    by minderbinder

    If he's so great at screenwriting and directing actors, why has every movie he's worked on in the last fifteen years had shitty acting (from good actors) and worse dialogue? Let me know, I'm really curious.

  • Feb. 19, 2004, 9:06 a.m. CST

    by machine_05

    maybe it wasnt 'intoxicating' enough for him...

  • Feb. 19, 2004, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Fuck me if I'm a fool...

    by John Anderton

    ... but I liked The Temple of Doom. I thought it was the most "fun" of the three. The third one had really crappy sFX. If any of the three needs the "special edition" treatment, it's the third one. All the aerial FX were terrible. The airplanes and derigible looked MAJOR cut'n'paste. And Indy walking across the "Leap of faith" bridge = horrible. It goes thus: Raiders > Temple > Crusade. Crusade had too many "bumbling fool" moments. Sullah, Henry Jones, Marcus... all bumbling fools. What the hell???

  • Feb. 19, 2004, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Lucas, Scrips, & Paper Sacks

    by mwrisner

    Crimony! George Lucas couldn't write a friggin script that found his pudgy, Rondstadt-loving butt out of a torn paper sack. Star Wars was good. Folks with talent covered his ass on the next two. Then in the subsequent 20 years, he convinced himself he could pull off another trilogy by himself. Wrong! No character balance. His kids inspired him to create Jar Jar. All the interesting characters get killed off. The boring ones live on. And I leave the theater with an expression of WTF on my face. Indy 4 is most likely doomed. Since it's a doomed Spielberg/Lucas project, maybe it should be dubbed "Indy 1942."

  • Feb. 19, 2004, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Lucas, Scripts, & Paper Sacks

    by mwrisner

    Crimony! George Lucas couldn't write a friggin script that found his pudgy, Rondstadt-loving butt out of a torn paper sack. Star Wars was good. Folks with talent covered his ass on the next two. Then in the subsequent 20 years, he convinced himself he could pull off another trilogy by himself. Wrong! No character balance. His kids inspired him to create Jar Jar. All the interesting characters get killed off. The boring ones live on. And I leave the theater with an expression of WTF on my face. Indy 4 is most likely doomed. Since it's a doomed Spielberg/Lucas project, maybe it should be dubbed "Indy 1942."

  • Feb. 19, 2004, 6:21 p.m. CST

    NEW RULE: People who stretch out the TB by posting shit like Ela

    by Bill Maher

    They have nothing to say, they just want to fuck up this site.

  • Feb. 19, 2004, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Lucas is a fucking TOOL......

    by Red Raider

    Frank Darabont is far too talented to put up with any of GL's bullshit! I wish both Darbont & Spielberg would deep 6 Lucas and pursue a different project together.....

  • Feb. 19, 2004, 11:57 p.m. CST

    We need an army of CGI Indys

    by bioforge

    Fighting alongside the clone armies to defeat the cgi armies of Middle earth , and just in case the people have problems picking that its CGI we could fit in the 3D simpsons for some comic relief.Ah yeah and we could get Tony Cox to play Indy in a Harrison Ford suit .

  • Feb. 23, 2004, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Lucas Created Indy!!

    by hoorayforeric

    Without Lucas...there'd be NO Star Wars or Indiana Jones films!! Two of my favorite series of films of all time!! I even liked "Temple of Doom" and "Attack of the Clones". Basically...Lucas created Indy...therefore he has the right to change anything he feels right to do so. Spielberg knows this and respects Lucas' creation. Let it be and who knows...maybe this other guy's script SUCKED!

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST

    is this article serious?

    by T.rex

    I think i'll take the man who created Indiana Jones's opinion over a guy who's made a career out of pilfering Stephen King stories (and has gotten worse and worse with each successive film).

  • May 24, 2008, 12:11 p.m. CST

    wow

    by Golitsyn1

    I just saw IJKOTCS yesterday. It was ok but nothing as special as the original films. Can't wait to hear more about the Darabont script.