The fourth film was originally titled ‘Indiana Jones and the City of Gods’ and was written by Frank Darabont, the man who developed ‘The Walking Dead’ for television, and director of ‘The Shawshank Redemption’. When read, both Stephen Spielberg and Harrison Ford approved the script but for some unknown reason, George Lucas rejected it later!
If you read Darabont’s draft, you will notice that there are many similar elements to the actual fourth movie, ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’. For example, both scripts have the movie taking place in the 1950s; Indiana Jones in a refrigerator during a nuclear blast; an army ant invasion, and a crystal skull!
There were some differences, ‘City of Gods’ features Indiana Jones with the crystal skull, his friend turns out to be a Russian spy, and there are many more people going after the secrets the skull holds. Some of the people include an ex-Nazi from the first movie, Soviet Union soldiers, and the dictatorial president of Peru! Do you want to read this lost script? Click below and discover what could have been!