Mike Fitzgerald

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Learning from Stoppard

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Learning from Stoppard

Mike Fitzgerald examines Tom Stoppard’s draft of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, to discover what it can teach us about screenwriting.

By Mike Fitzgerald. Comparing two drafts of a script can be hugely instructive, revealing point-by-point how a writer went about improving the story. When I stumbled upon an earlier draft of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, I discovered a dazzling, glittering trove of lessons as nourishing as eternal life itself. Well, nearly so. Last […]