News interviewed filmmaker Frank Darabont just after he finished
filming Stephen King's The Mist. Besides chatting about
his latest King adaptation Darabont also talked about Fahrenheit
451 and his Indiana Jones 4 misadventure.
MTV: Would you say one of those bad experiences
is the time you spent writing the aborted Indiana Jones
is definitely in that category, topping the list. It showed me
how badly things can go. I spent a year of very determined effort
on something I was very excited about, working very closely with
Steven Spielberg and coming up with a result that I and he felt
was terrific. He wanted to direct it as his next movie, and then
suddenly the whole thing goes down in flames because George Lucas
doesn't like the script."
MTV: Did you ever speak to George Lucas directly?
Darabont: "Yes! I
told him he was crazy. I said, "You have a fantastic script.
I think you're insane, George." You can say things like that
to George, and he doesn't even blink. He's one of the most stubborn
men I know."
MTV: Do you know if any remnant of that story
lives in the one they're about to start filming?
Darabont: "I have
no idea if there's a shred of it left. It was a tremendous disappointment
and a waste of a year."
MTV: I would think part of you still wants to
share that script with the world.
Darabont: "I would
love it, but it's not my material to disseminate. At this point,
I don't give much of a damn what George thinks, but I wouldn't
want to harm my friendship with Steven."
Head over to MTV
News to read the full interview with Frank Darabont.
Thanks to Brett Hopkins for the interview link.