Remembering Raiders Of The Lost Ark: The Making Of Indiana Jones
10. Sand Castles In The Sun
sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, George Lucas is unlikely to play any part in
Indy 5. But without him we wouldn’t have Indiana Jones or Star Wars; something
his many detractors would do well to bear in mind.
first conceived of the idea for Indiana Jones in 1973 while writing break-out
hit American Graffiti. He’d also been working on a more satirical version of
what would eventually become Apocalypse Now, and Francis Ford Coppola suggested
Lucas should instead try his hand at something “funny, warm and fuzzy” .
by the Saturday matinee serials he had grown up on, Lucas started brainstorming
‘The Adventures Of Indiana Smith’, named for the Alaskan malamute pet dog who
would later also serve as the inspiration for Chewbacca. Lucas tried farming the
idea out to his fellow creatives with little success, though fellow
director/screenwriter Philip Kaufman’s efforts introduced the Ark of the
Covenant as a plot device.
few years later, Lucas, in what would become a tradition, escaped to Hawaii as
Star Wars opened and invited his good friend Steven Spielberg to join him.
While building sandcastles on the beach, Lucas asked Spielberg, himself taking
a break from shooting Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, what he was going to
do next. Spielberg told him he wanted to approach Cubby Broccoli for a second
time to offer his services as the director of the next James Bond movie.