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Indiana Jones and the City of Gods 11 Jun, 2008, 18:03 / 11 comments

Just thought I'd mention that the most infamous of the rejected screenplays for the fourth Indiana Jones film, the one by Frank Darabont, has finally been leaked online. While there's no way to verify the script's authenticity (though I'm pretty sure it's legit), and it's not clear whether or not this is the final draft, Indy fans will surely want to grab it anyway before LucasLegal gets wind.

Update: Wind gotten. :(

If you managed to read it before pdfscreenplays opened the Ark of the Covenant and found a 'Cease And Desist' letter inside, or just want to know about it, have a chat about it on our forums.

Comments

  • jp-30 on 12 Jun, 2008, 21:00…
  • Ascovel on 12 Jun, 2008, 21:29…
    :) Behold the true puppet master behind Steven's back! Lucas is so cool as a dark robed villain with a permament smile affixed to his face.
  • Ascovel on 12 Jun, 2008, 20:01…
    I didn't read the whole, but what I've read was mostly awful, especially the dialogues. However, I must admit that the climax with the skulls was more satisfing than in the movie.
  • ATMachine on 12 Jun, 2008, 03:22…
    The whole site's down now. I'm actually surprised it took the better part of a day for that to happen, actually.
  • Kroms on 12 Jun, 2008, 04:00…
    I saved a bunch of scripts before it went down under...Mwahahahaha.
  • The Tingler on 12 Jun, 2008, 17:32…
    Wow, talk about the wrath of god!
  • The Tingler on 11 Jun, 2008, 21:30…
    It does seem genuine - like a very early draft of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. If it's fan-made it's quite poor, there are plenty of things that needed to be updated and changed. A fan script would improve the film, this seems like a First Draft...

    ... which is shocking to me that they didn't keep Darabont on to continue it. I wonder why they didn't?
  • Udvarnoky on 11 Jun, 2008, 21:43…
    Wow, you think this is poor by the standards of a fan script? You must have despised it.

    Personally I think it's a good deal better than the writing for the final movie was, particularly in the characterizations. It's pretty obvious by now that the script that the final flick used was just a hodgepodge of all the rejected ones, assembled in such a way that would appease the individual desires of the Big Three, at the expense of cohesiveness.

    Not that I hated KOCS or anything. I just don't see why a perfectly good script was replaced with an inferior one. One has to wonder what Lucas' problem was with the script, when the core story of it and the final product are pretty much the same. Was it the lack of offspring for Indy that turned George off? Heck, many of the set pieces from City of Gods survived the final film, making you wonder how Darabont didn't share some story credit. Were all the ideas that carried over George Lucas'?
  • The Tingler on 11 Jun, 2008, 22:54…
    I've only got to page 35, but I feel that beginning bit isn't as good - although with a few tweaks it could have been better. The dialogue is better, but I'm not convinced by 'Yuri'. A Russian friend of his turning out to be on the side of the Russians? Oh, what a shock - but then Mac's treachery was spoiled was before the film came out. Pretty much every guess about Indy IV was right, except for Oxley turning out to be Abner Ravenwood.

    I read on.
  • The Tingler on 11 Jun, 2008, 20:46…
    Oh boy! It's like finding a mysterious city of gold!
  • jp-30 on 11 Jun, 2008, 20:11…
    Nice find! I'll read that tonight.