I'm still figuring out what comes next here. If Ford can be paid enough to return twice as Han Solo (a role he hated) he could be paid enough to return as Indy (a role he liked). The biggest challenge as per OTL is finding a script that Lucas, Spielberg, and Ford all agree on. Crystal Skull came about as the results of a long compromise between Lucas and Spielberg, the former wanting aliens and the latter wanting something in South America.Very interesting, and I love the idea that this is Indy's "axis trilogy". It also definitely hints more films incoming outside of those 3, so we'll have to see if it/they fair better than OTL's Crystal Skull.
I do wonder if Harrison Ford would be willing to keep coming back after a while. Money is money, I suppose.
How do you know? You haven't seen it!Not as good as The Last Crusade.
In all seriousness I was under no delusions I could make anything as good as TLC, which was not just arguably the best IJ movies but one of the best action/adventure movies ever (at least in my opinion; others see TLC as a playing-it-safe rehash of Raiders, but that's opinions for you). I'm a Lilliputian attempting to stand among giants here, after all. Instead I went for something that fit within both the events of TTL and the butterflies it spawns and the themes I've been exploring at this point of the TL.
Yes, it really is, but that's Alternate History for you. You "win" some, you "lose" some. As I said earlier, I loved TLC, but it was a product of its time and its timeline. The only reason why L&S decided to have Nazis as the enemies (something Spielberg was already trying to move away from) and a Judeo-Christian MacGuffin was as a reaction to the response to negative reactions to Temple of Doom. Since Mask of the Monkey King had different criticisms (you'll notice that there are no heroic Commies in JoA) the third movie naturally went down a completely different pathway, though it explores many of the same themes and even has many of the same scenes as TLC (It's Spielberg, so of course there are Daddy issues!).Shame we lose THE LAST CRUSADE
The Judgement of Anubis: An Indiana Jones Adventure- does not seem that bad a movie. Got some decent action stuff, and Connery seems good as Sr Jones. Possibly better than the Arthurian Grail stuff we got OTL.
Young Indy, played by River Phoenix - sounds like a great series idea there.
"Soon they are walking through the jungles, slow and natural in contrast to the destructive industrial Fascists," Nice imagery there.
Fez guy needs a name.
Indy and Marion getting married - nice ending. Guess No.4 is Mr. and Mrs Jones?
Nice work. How much of this is Lisa Henson's work @Geekhis Khan ?
"Fez Guy" is, of course, the fan nickname for the character of Kemal Amon (played by Kevork Malikyan).
Lisa Henson was pretty instrumental in this, serving as the full Producer (Kennedy is instead focusing on the Back to the Future sequels) and also drafted the original film treatment after long discussions with L&S, thus sharing a "story by" credit with the two of them. You can see how her father's long-held obsessions with mortality, which are increasingly manifesting, are bleeding over into her subconscious.
I'd make a joke about Indy 6 being a story where Marion has an affair with a character played by Billy Paul called Me and Mrs. Jones, but that's take the pun-run past the breaking point.
Spielberg and Lucas wanted something set in Africa with an idea for an Agatha Christie inspired boat ride up the Nile. Lucas threw out an idea for using Egyptian mythology and Henson, influenced subtly by her father's obsessions, made it about Anubis. Like TLC it explores father-son dynamics, life and death, and mortality. Unlike the OTL film, it explores the mortality issue more overtly. It also drops the Christian allegory and knightly themes.So far it's a good follow up on the rest of the ITTL Indiana Jones franchise as part of the appropriately named "Axis Trilogy", although I preferred The Monkey Mask a lot more than The Judgment of Anubis. Who came up with this idea ITTL, I wonder?
In general, the weird thing that I've noticed about the production on Indy flicks is that it's backwards. Rather than start with a story and develop set pieces to tell it, it starts with a bunch of crazy action set pieces and then comes up with a story to justify stringing them together. Set pieces dropped from a previous film end up recycled into another. The jumping from a plane in a rubber raft and the mine cart chase were both developed for Raiders, but dropped. They then got recycled into ToD. The motorcycle chase on the Great Wall was recycled into the chase/joust in TLC. As such, I figured that JoA would have a lot of these same set pieces, modified around the alternate themes and story.