Raiders of the Lost Ark
Aug 16th, 2009 by mike

Story Conference Transcript
January 23, 1978 thru January 27, 1978
George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Larry Kasdan

Back in 1978, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg got together with Larry Kasdan to hash out the story for Raiders of the Lost Ark. The meeting was recorded and transcribed. (I guess that’s what you do when you’ve got a few bucks and you’re afraid of forgetting brilliant ideas.)

Fast forward to 2009, when a scan of this 126 page (!) transcript started circulating online. It’s a remarkable read. You can see the characters and plot being built from the ground up. Also, tacked on at the end is an additional conversation between Debbie Fine, Larry Kasdan, and Phil Kaufman.

Download the original document here.

Download the easier-to-read transcript here.

Feeling adventurous? Read it with Stanza on your iPhone! I’ve translated the file into ebook format here:

Mystery Man on Film has a good analysis of the document here.

Thanks to Moedred’s Journal for providing the transcript in text format.

Star Wars Episode III: Fall of the Republic
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

treatment by John L. Flynn
This goes back to the mid-eighties. There were so many misunderstandings about this treatment that Usenet’s Star Wars newsgroup even had a FAQ to deal with it.

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Indiana Jones IV
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

In the case of Indy, there’s a whole lot of fan material out there to sift through. These are the scripts that have fooled at least a few people. Micah Johnson does a good job of explaining and debunking these scripts at For a great rundown of all the rumored plots and titles, check outThe Unofficial Indiana Jones IV Page. I’m not listing every rumored Indy title here, so be sure to check out those other links.

Star Wars
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

Scripts by George Lucas
George wanted to do Flash Gordon. He couldn’t get the rights, so he created his own space mythology. These drafts fascinate me. In some ways, they’re very amateurish. But it amazes me to see how he formed the Star Wars galaxy through the course of rewriting.

The first three scripts are drastically different from one another, but there are certain elements that survived to appear in the movies. Some plot points and names were never used until The Phantom Menace. Unfortunately, some parts seem to have been discarded for good. I’d love to see the opening scenes from the rough draft on the big screen.

For more about these scripts, read John Flynn’s article, The Origins of Star Wars.  I’d also recommend the well-researched Secret History of Star Wars website and book.




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Indiana Jones III
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

a.k.a. Indiana Jones IV
a.k.a. Indiana Jones and the Monkey King
a.k.a. Indiana Jones and the Garden of Life
by Chris Columbus

From what I can gather, this script was actually written by established screenwriter Chris Columbus. He wrote it unsolicited and presented it to the Lucas camp after the success of Temple of Doom. It wasn’t produced, as Jeffrey Boam’s Last Crusade script was used instead.Years later, the Monkey King script showed up online, with changes to the title and date made to fool the fan community that this may be a script for the fourth movie. Don’t believe it.

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