Thursday, November 09, 2006

George Lucas is the Ewok of Evil!

By now many of you have probably heard about the latest chapter in the depressing saga that is the now-comatose Indiana Jones series, but if you haven't, I'll fill you in, because this is basically old news being recycled today because new information is coming to light.

Frank Darabont, the man behind the film version of The Shawshank Redemption was commissioned to write a script for the 4th part of series and it was finished over two years ago. Darabont had quite a lot of experience with the Indiana Jones character as he wrote many of the scripts for the Young Indiana Jones television show and the direct-to-video movies based on that part of his life. Steven Spielberg absolutely loved the script and thought it was as good as the original movie, and he was all set to shoot it back in 2004. And a bit of background information to put this in perspective: when Michael Eisner, then a Paramount executive who was involved in the project read the script for the original Raiders, he thought it was the best script he had ever read.

Then George Lucas read the Darabont script and said he didn't like it at all and basically killed it right there. Sure, Spielberg and Lucas are still working on coming up with a movie they can both agree upon, but I think that is increasingly less and less likely, and if they finally compromise, well, that is probably going to be a somewhat subpar product.

I mean, we are is the man that thought Howard the Duck would end up being a good movie... I guess no one around him had the good sense to tell him NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! And legions of Star Wars fans now know what has come of Mr. Lucas's feeling for what makes good and compelling film. I think this parody says it all really. To use the vernacular he has created, he is a Sith Lord of entertainment now, because there is no other explanation for Jar-Jar that fits better.

Even though Spielberg has made some stinkers as of late *cough*WaroftheWorlds*cough*, well, he still has a better track record as of late, so I am more willing to trust his judgement on that script than Lucas's. Though maybe the world is better off with only 3 Indiana Jones movies after all, because I could only be disappointed now anyway. For now, I have to be content with the original.


Mr. Fabulous said...

I am bummed out. I have been waiting FOREVER for the fourth movie.

Ah, nuts.

MC said...

Nuts indeed.

Semaj said...

Couldnt agree more with your thoughts about Lucas. During Ep 4 and 5, he had producers telling him when he went too far, but he sort of lost it when he did Return of the Jedi.

We'll probably see a bunch of green screen shots and lighthearted characters (children)if Lucas has anything to say about it.

And dont get me started with the way he's sold out his fans

MC said...

Well, that whole "I'm not going to release the original versions of the first three movies... well, until you buy the other versions first" thing was pretty crappy.

It is too bad he has more money than Spielberg as well, as it would have been great if he could have just paid him off to use the characters so this could go forward.

Memphis said...

God I hope Lucas isn't just holding out so he can put a bunch of CG waterfalls in - god he loves CG waterfalls - all I want to see is the man in the hat!!!

Maybe I need to check out the young Indy shows.

MC said...

I know the plan was to use stuntmen instead of CGI all the way, but I don't know about location shooting in that plan.