Indiana Jones: Steven Spielberg disagreed with George Lucas over fourth movie script

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Spielberg and George Lucas have worked together on every Indiana Jones film thus far. The first three films – Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade – were all scripted, shot and edited in tandem between them. The fourth film, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was made in 2008, but was almost entirely different before Lucas fought to find a new script.

In an interview during the release of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Spielberg revealed that he looked at a number of scripts for the fourth film in the series.

However, one in particular caught his eye which was written by The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile screenwriter Frank Darabont.

Spielberg revealed: “I very much liked Frank’s script. It was set in the 50s.”

When Spielberg was asked if the film included the return of “latter-day Nazis” tracking down Indiana Jones, he replied: “Yes”.

Spielberg continued: “And I quite liked Frank’s script, but George and I had a disagreement over it, and George and I have always agreed to agree.

“So when we take each other’s temperatures, if I really am passionate about something, George will give in to me, and if George is really passionate about something, I’ll pretty much go his way.

“And in this case George was passionate that this was not the story he wanted to tell at this point in the Indiana Jones saga.”

Spielberg added: “And I think it’s a wonderful script.”

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After Spielberg and the Star Wars creator’s disagreement, they chose the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’s script, which was critically panned on release, but was ultimately a successful movie.

Despite being the worst-rated Indiana Jones movie on Rotten Tomatoes – with a score of 53 percent – it made a staggering $790 million at the box office.

Next year Indiana Jones 5 will be released, but it will be the first film in the series without Spielberg at the helm.

Instead, Harrison Ford will be directed by James Mangold, who is best known as the director of Logan.

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David Koepp, screenwriter for the first three Indiana Jones movies, recently spoke up about Spielberg stepping down from the upcoming movie following some internal struggles.

In an interview with Den of Geek he said: “I tried a couple different versions with Steven and they all had some good stuff about them and they all had some stuff that didn’t work, which happens.

“But it was just very hard to have everybody come together and have all the elements – Steven, Harrison, the script and Disney – come together at once. And it didn’t.”

Shortly after the further disagreements, Spielberg stepped down and Disney exec and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced Mangold would be the new director.

Koepp said: “When James Mangold came in and Steven stepped out, that was a pretty logical breaking point.

“It’s a gracious time to step out the door because I think the last thing a new director wants is the old director’s writer. I mean, that’s a drag.

“The last thing you need is some guy sitting around with his arms folded saying: ‘Well, the way Steven would have done it is…’ I had one nice friendly conversation with him and then I’m sure he wanted to be able to move on anyway. Everybody was pretty polite, I thought.”

Indiana Jones 5 is due for release on July 29, 2022.

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