Pretty soon we're going to be referring to it as Indiana Jones and the Most Talked About Film That Was Never Made. Well, that's if you listen to writer-director Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption). Let's recap, shall we: Way back when, Darabont was asked to pen a draft of Indy 4, which was rumored to revolve around Indiana Jones searching for UFOs or something like that. It sounds a little cheesy, but at the same time Steven Spielberg loved Darabont's script, so much so that he said it was the "best draft of anything since Raiders of the Lost Ark." Of course, Darabont was ecstatic -- I mean, after ten years of planning, the flick was finally going to get made ... and with his script. Wonderful. Fabulous. So what went wrong?
Says Darabont in a recent interview with CHUD, "And then you have George Lucas read it and say, 'Yeah, I don't think so, I don't like it.' And then he resets it to zero when Spielberg is ready to shoot it that coming year, [which] is a real kick to the nuts." Tell me about it, Lucas seems fond of kicking a lot of folks in the nuts ... mainly his biggest fans. Go figure. When asked whether or not he feels Indy 4 will ever happen, Darabont shot back, "I don't think so. I don't think so." But, honestly, it sounds like someone had their ego bruised real bad. After his script was tossed out like that, I wouldn't be surprised if Darabont was secretly throwing down voodoo curses on David Koepp's current draft.
However, George Lucas also needs to step off his extremely high horse and trust someone other than himself. Unfortunately, that doesn't appear to be happening anytime soon, and I bet any amount of money that this delay is due to Lucas and his so-called perfectionist personality. What do you think -- will the film ever get made? Do you still care?
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