Frank Darabont has never been quiet about his horrible experience “wasting a year” writing Indiana Jones 4. Lucas ditched Darabont’s script and hired Spider-Man scribe David Koepp to pen Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls. However, everyone I’ve talked to close to the project has told me that Darabont and Koepp’s screenplays are very similar. I haven’t read either script, so I really can’t comment. But even Darabont expects a fight with the studio over writing credits on the fourth Indiana Jones adventure.
“I haven’t read the script, [but] at a certain point I will because I’m sure there will be an arbitration over writing credits,” Darabont revealed to MTV. “I keep hearing from people who are near the production and they keep saying, ‘You know, they’re using more of your ideas here than you may have thought.'”
“I did suggest to Steven that he cast John Hurt in this movie and I’m delighted that Mr. Hurt is a part of it. It’s not entirely the role I suggested him for â€¦ but I did suggest him.”
Darabont admits that he had nothing to do with the character that Shia LaBeouf plays in Crystal Skull: “”That’s a whole new element that’s been brought in. Shia? I don’t remember writing that character.”