Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull Writer Never Wanted Aliens In The Film

The writer gets frank about his feelings.

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Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull writer David Koepp has revealed that he never wanted aliens in the film.

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull was a controversial film upon its release. While it was well-received by critics and made over $790M worldwide many hardcore fans took issue with it. In particular, they did not like that aliens were in the film.

In the movie, both Indiana Jones and Soviet agents are after objects known as the Crystal Skull. Ultimately it is revealed that they are of extraterrestrial origin and make a full appearance at the end of the movie, (though they are called dimensional hopping beings at the movie’s end). This particular aspect of the movie has been criticized over the years, as the rest of the films generally involve religious artifacts. As it turned out, the film’s main writer, David Koepp, agrees.

With a resume that extends back to the late 80s, David Koepp has written some of the biggest films in cinematic history. This has included scripting work on Jurassic Park, its sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, and numerous other films of varying quality. One such movie that he let his writing abilities to was Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.

The Writer Reveals His Feelings

In a recent interview with the Script Apart podcast, David Koepp got frank about his feelings on Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. Mainly he noted how he never wanted aliens in the film but George Lucas and Steven Spielberg insisted on it:

“When I came on, I tried to convince [Spielberg and Lucas] to change it — I had this other idea. They didn’t want to change it. I’m not saying mine would’ve been better. But I think that a lot of the pushback that movie got, in a larger sense aside from little things people might not have liked — that were too silly or whatever — the larger one was that [fans said], ‘We don’t feel like aliens should’ve been in an Indiana Jones movie.'”

Full plot details for the franchise’s next installment, Indiana Jones 5, are being kept under wraps, but Harrison Ford has mentioned that the film will see new developments in the adventurer’s life and relationships in addition to resolving part of his history. The film will mark Lucasfilm’s first entry in the franchise while under the Disney umbrella.

Indiana Jones 5 opens in theaters on June 30, 2023. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the upcoming film and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: Script Apart

Trey Griffeth

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