About: Before Spielberg’s go-to writer David Koepp wrote Crystal Skull, super screenwriter Frank Darabont worked on a draft of the script. Our final lost Indy script involves The City of the Gods. Darabont turned in three versions of his screenplay, culminating in ‘s Indiana. An alternate version of the script, possibly written by Frank Darabont, was (briefly) posted on the Internet.

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It’s posts like this that make me wonder how many awesome movies are never going to get made. As you’d expect from any Indiana Jones script, action sequences are abundant and relentless in City of the Gods.

We see scenes of primitive man mistaking them for scrilt. It was widely reported beforehand that Darabont had written a rejected Indiana Jones screenplay. Mileage finally catching up with you? And they all had plenty of campy moments.

Where does it say that!? But the four biggest differences in this draft also double as the four best: That is why it is different.

The Lost Scripts, Part III: Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods

Even for Indy that’s a little too weird. Nathanson’s script was called Indiana Jones and the Atomic Antsbut that script wasn’t quite up to snuff, either. I remembered thinking that the story in “National Treasure 2” was better.


I feel like the only person who liked the fridge part.

The Lost Scripts, Part III: Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods | Mental Floss

And then they kiss. Also, at one point Oxley was supposed to be Abner Ravenwood which I thought was a better idea. At least in the old movies they addressed the weird parts, if it was something special or different they gave it a reason or made it a plot point about everyone asking about it.

So why not aliens, especially since they moved the story to the sci-fi 50s? Although only part of those things are bad on their own.

A rubber tree that supports a car?

Yeah, but the world already has multiple sources of supernatural power by having both the Judeo-Christian which scritp really two different entities, the Old Testament wrathful god of Raiders and, essentially, Jesus in Last Crusade scipt the Hindu gods. The film also ends not with a spaceship flying away into space, but a spaceship trying to fly away into space, only to crash-land and explode in a second nuclear inferno. Temple of Doom had Hindu gods, why are aliens so much worse than religious beings?

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To me, it was as ill-considered as if the writers had thought, “people drown underwater because they need air He was literally willing to kill himself in Raiders because he scfipt she was dead. It’s not a bad film. Starting with this as the foundation means that the story was basically dead on arrival. With Marion in an unstable plane, Indy tells her to wing walk over to his plane.


You get away with Big Lies: A mysterious artifact that brings God’s wrath, though? Indy shoots an alien and says “Welcome to Earf”.

Lucas had issues with it, and he began rewriting it titling it Phantom City of the Gods. The meaning of it all. I actually liked it too and it wasn’t until weeks later after seeing that I was reading online and realized how much people hated that part. Familiar, trope-ish writing, though.

In exchange, the alien will grant them one wish. He talks this time, specifically calling himself a being worthy of worship. Indy is dragged through the canopy, hitting treetops and scaring dafabont, until the plateau ends and he is finally able to drag himself into the cockpit.