“What we’re doing here, really, is designing a ride at Disneyland.”

indiana-jones-raiders-of-the-lost-ark-580Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Lawrence Kasdan met over several days in 1978 to spitball ideas for a movie about an adventurous archaeologist whose weapon of choice was a bullwhip. The New Yorker has a nice recap of the transcript of that spitballing session for what eventually became Indiana Jones, obviously.

I love the quote by Spielberg that the two were essentially inventing not only the modern blockbuster with Indiana Jones, but also designing a ride at Disneyland. In an era when Disneyland rides really do become movie franchises and movies become rides or theme parks of their own, it seems somehow apropos that Spielberg nailed it all those years ago.

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