I don’t think “Indiana Jones 4” is going to be made, and it sounds like it’s George Lucas’s fault:
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.” [via IMDb]
Neither can I — and I’m not keen on forcing my way into the creative mind that generated Jar Jar Binks.
On the plus side, it’s likely that this movie would have been exceedingly disappointing, judging from the amount of creative input Lucas is exerting over it. What’s unfortunate is that this script was probably pretty good: Darabont is a good screenwriter, and the fact that Lucas didn’t like his script is probably is his favor. Most disastrous would be if Spielberg lets Lucas write the script, which is what he seems to want to do. Lord have mercy.