Thursday, November 09, 2006

Studio Briefing: No Redemption for 'Indy 4' Writer

The latest effort to bring back Indiana Jones appears doomed, according to writer-director Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption). Darabont told a movie website that focuses on films in development that although Steven Spielberg had praised his script for Indiana Jones 4 as "the best draft of anything since Raiders of the Lost Ark, " his excitement was not shared by fellow producer George Lucas. In the interview with Devin Faraci of CHUD.com, Darabont said Spielberg's praise "gave me a real sense of accomplishment, especially when you love the material you're working on as much as I love the Indiana Jones films. 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." Asked whether he believes Indy 4 will ever be filmed, Darabont replied, "I don't think so. ... I just think it's fantastically bizarre that for a project that people have been trying to crack for ten years and have a writer come in and finally crack it and then ... [for Lucas to] say, 'No, I don't think so...' It's just bizarre to me. I can't get into George's head."

I don't care whether Indy 4 is made, but from a creative standpoint, it's unfortunate Lucas is the stumbling block. For my money, he lost touch with the fanbase a long, long time ago.

1 comment:

John D. said...

For my money, he lost touch with the fanbase a long, long time ago.

I think you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who'd disagree with that sentiment. Lucas used to be an outstanding filmmaker. Now he's just this really rich, really eccentric has-been. I don't know whether his creative well ran dry, or he's just a victim of his own success. Either way, it's kind of sad.