“THE GRAVE ROBBER KING” A Synopsis for Indy 5
by Antonio Altamirano

I fell in love with films in general because of Raiders of the Lost Ark. I believe that that film is perfect, so in short, my idea for Indy 5 is actually a sequel to that movie.

This “sequel” to Raiders takes place in 1963 and it is a movie between the relationship between Indy and Marion Ravenwood. It is ultimately a story more about passion than love. A story about realizing too late that mistakes were made because of an obsession with “Fortune and Glory”.

We first start the movie with a flashback to 1926 (a la Last Crusade) when a young Indy first meets Marion Ravenwod at a dig near the city of Axum, Ethiopia. This dig is being conducted by Abner Ravenwood (Marion’s father played by Tom Selleck?) an Archeology Professor from the Sorbonne University (where Indy is getting his graduate degree). This is the dig where Indy and schoolmate Harold Oxley (KOTCS) first witness the infamous Professor Ravenwood at work. This is where Indy learns the true ways of “dirty” archeology, grave-robbing, tomb raiding and the need to always carry a gun. This was Professor Abner “The Grave-Robber King” Ravenwood, the man who coined the phrase “Fortune and Glory”. Indy admired this man to no end. Professor Ravenwood was as obsessed with fine Scotch as he was to finding the Ark of the Covenant, and he showed it. On this dig, Indy and Oxley first meet Abner’s young daughter Marion, a 16 year old tomboyish side kick to her globe-trotting father.

Abner, his students and some hired gravediggers are digging for artifacts near the Adwa Mountains. After unearthing some relics along with a mysterious container, Abner is betrayed by his hired gravediggers. Abner gives them the relics in exchange for the safety of his students, but the gravediggers are only interested in the mysterious container he had just unearthed. Abner’s container is forcefully taken by the gravediggers and given to an Antique Collector (Antagonist). It is up to Indy, Oxley and Marion to come to Abner’s aide in the opening action sequence. Eventually, the Antique Collector loses an eye as Indy saves Marion and the container is returned safely to Abner, but only for a brief moment. The Ethiopian Army then arrives and demand the container. Abner reluctantly hands it over to them, who in turn hand it over to a group of high priests from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. We soon discover that Abner had secretly replaced what was inside the container with an empty bottle of Scotch and had kept the relic inside of it for himself. Abner reaches into his pouch, once he finds a moment alone, and admires his new acquired relic; The Headpiece to the Staff of Ra (Raiders).

At the end of this ordeal, Indy and Marion kiss and a love affair that will eventually ruin the relationship between Indy and Abner begins. 

A few weeks later at the Sorbonne, as Indy sits in class, a substitute teacher walks in for Abner. Indy learns Abner has resigned. No explanation. Abner packed up, reasons unknown and moved away with his daughter. Indy blames his romantic fling then break- up with his professor’s daughter as the cause of his resignation and decides to dedicate the remainder of his studies to focusing purely on archeology.

Flash-forward 10 years later: 1936, Nepal (Raiders). Indy, looking for the same headpiece, walks into “The Raven’s Nest”, a secluded bar in Nepal now owned by Marion Ravenwood. There, an old spark lights up between them.

Flash-forward: 1946, New York. Indy leaves Marion at the altar. Once again for Indy, archeology comes first.

Flash-forward: 1957 (KOTCS). Indy finally marries his one true love at a small wedding attended by close friends.

End Flashback.

It is now 1963 and Marion is dead. The world is changing all around. The six brief years they spent married were the best six years of Indy’s life, now Indy is disillusioned and alone. Indy only has one mission now; To obtain the headpiece to the Staff of Ra from whoever took it from the Well of Souls on that fateful day in 1936 (Raiders) and return it to its rightful owner, Marion Ravenwood. He owes it to Marion. He owes it to Abner.

Extensive research with the help of Sallah (Raiders/Last Crusade) in Egypt has finally led Indy to a Chinese Warlord’s den in rural China. Indy and Short Round (Temple of Doom/who is now also an archeologist) are on a covert mission to steal the headpiece from the home of one of China’s most dangerous triad’s leader (the son of Lao Che (Temple of Doom)). After a chase/fight sequence, Indy finally obtains the headpiece and triumphantly escapes with Short Round.

Indy calls Sallah to inform him of the great news and agrees to fly back to his homebase in Cairo with the newly recovered headpiece. He will place the headpiece in its final resting place, Marion’s grave. Mission accomplished. Indy smiles for the first time in years as he hangs up the phone. On the other end of line, in Cairo, Sallah has a knife to his neck, his family is tied up and a strange hand hangs up the phone for him.

Indy arrives in Cairo and meets Sallah, only to be greeted by the same Antique Collector from 1926 and some hired goons. They abduct Indy and Sallah. The older eye-patched wearing Antique Collector reveals to Indy that he had killed Abner in Nepal after he wouldn’t hand over the headpiece and continues to cut Indy’s left eye (explaining old Indy’s eye patch in the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles canon). “An eye for an eye” he explains. “What do you want with the Staff?” asks a wounded Indy, “You’re thirty years too late. The Ark has already been found and it is in the possession of the US government.”

“The US government can keep its little Ark. They have the wrong one.”, the Antique Collector answers back.

The Antique Collector then explains the complicated history of the Ark of the Covenant to a wounded Indy and Sallah. He explains the history not just from The Book of Exodus (Raiders), but also from The Book of Jeremiah, The Book of Numbers, The Book of The Maccabees and from Rabbinic Literature:

There were TWO Arks build, the gold plated Ark that was found in the Well of Souls (Raiders) was a later one build by Bezalel solely to be used in the Tabernacle (a traveling church) intended only for show. The REAL Ark is a container wrapped in a veil and animal skin and build by Moses. Abner wasn’t interested in the Ark buried in Cairo, he was looking for the REAL one, buried in the city of Ur (birthplace of Abraham) in modern day Iraq. And he needed to find The Staff of Ra to find its location. The Staff not only shows the location of the fake Ark in Cairo once it is held under the proper position to the sun, but it also shows the location of the real Ark in the city of Ur once it is held in the proper position under a full moon. The markings on the headpiece are of a Shekh dialect praising Nannar, the Moon-god. Abraham, Moses’ brother, brought the Ark of the Covenant back to his homeland after seeing the greed of men and kings only interested in materialistic possessions. The fake Ark was the one taken by the Babylonians during the destruction of Jerusalem. The real one remains untouched.

After the ordeal in Ethiopia, Abner’s (and his daughter’s) life was threatened by not only The Antique Collector but also by the high priests of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. But Abner was determined to not give up his relic. The Staff of Ra and the Ark would be his. Fortune and Glory. He packed up and moved far away from the danger, they moved to India. They were safe living there for a handful of years, but eventually the Antique Collector and his men found him.

Abner and Marion were returning home one fateful evening when Abner spotted the men searching his house. Abner’s last words to his daughter, as he handed her the headpiece along with his life savings was “Keep this headpiece next to your heart”, then he instructed her to run far away. Once inside his house, Abner handed the Antique Collector a container he said contained the headpiece. The Antique Collector opens it in front of Abner and sees an empty Scotch bottle inside, Abner smiles then the Antique Collector shoots him point blank. A devastated Marion escapes and heads north to Nepal. The mysterious headpiece would always remain close to her heart, that is until the day Indiana Jones walked into the bar she had bought with her father’s life savings (Raiders).

The gold plated Ark in the Well of Souls (Raiders) symbolized greed in men. History shows the wrath of god as the Ark exchanged hands from different people, kingdoms, nations. This wrath was brought forth for the greed in kings who wanted to obtain a materialistic version of the word of god, not the beliefs itself. page3image27888page3image28048

Back in Cairo, The Antique Collector leaves a defeated Indy and Sallah behind as he heads to the city of Ur with the headpiece to the Staff of Ra finally in his grasp. The real Ark will finally be discovered during the next full moon.

Back in Sallah’s residence (Cairo), Indy and Sallah are devastated. We see the room Indy had been living in after Marion’s death, and we notice a wall covered with notes, maps and pictures as to the whereabouts of the Staff of Ra. It looks like the work of a determined, ambitious and borderline delusional man. After a heartfelt discussion where we learn how Marion died and how their son Mutt blames Indy for his mother’s death, Sallah sadly decides to stay behind but instructs his old friend to get help for this last adventure. Indy calls his son for help. A reluctant Mutt arrives to find a determined eye patch wearing Indy packing his gun and whip for one last blaze of glory. Mutt then sets off to Iraq with his estranged father (ala Last Crusade) to claim what belonged to his late mother. They’re doing it for Marion.

The city of Ur, Iraq 1963. Turmoil as a revolution can be felt in the horizon. Explosions as military coups try to over throw the current monarchy. We are in the new map room located in a recently unearthed site next to an ancient ziggurat. Indy and Mutt look from a safe distance as The Antique Collector stands holding the Staff moments before the moonlight will show him the exact location of the real Ark. He looks eerily similar to Indy in Raiders standing before the map room. Once the crescent moonlight hits the Staff, the beam of light beams right to an area as Indy and The Antique Collector take notes.

The next morning, the Antique Collector and crew realize that the location of the Ark is actually beneath the construction site to a new hotel. There is construction machinery all around. What follows is an ending action/chase sequence that take Indy and Mutt from the construction site to the roads of Ur on a giant fire truck after a nearby bomb set by the Iraqi military police to combat the anti government coup sets the building they were on on fire. Ultimately, The Antique Collector is killed, the headpiece is recovered by Indy and the real Ark is taken by the Iraqi Army and placed in the Museum of Baghdad. Unopened.

Indy and son ride off into the sunset with the Headpiece. Flash forward to 2003.

Indy is on his death bed. A middle aged Mutt is at his father’s side. Indy is laid to rest. Mutt makes sure his iconic hat and whip are in his casket. At Indy’s house after his funeral, Mutt is collecting some of Indy’s belongings in his bedroom, he pauses and admires a picture of Indy and Marion. They both look enormously happy in the picture, which looks to be from the late 1920s. We pan to the television set in Indy’s living room as CNN shows news from the US invasion of Iraq. Looters broke into the Museum of Baghdad and stole priceless artifacts along with the Ark of the Covenant. Mutt is too busy admiring the picture of his mother and father to pay attention to the news. The Ark is lost again.

Flashback back to 1926, A young Indy kisses Marion for the first time and the adventure (future franchise) begins. 

If one movie was directly responsible for making me love comedy and movies, it has to be Ghostbusters. Harold Ramis introduced me to a magical world of comedy, science fiction and the city of New York. As a young kid in Peru watching four guys dressed in jumpsuits save a city from supernatural spirits, I knew that making movies and making people laugh was what I needed to do in my time here on earth. I guess my next move is to call New York home. It’s what Egon would have wanted. I’m sure the spirits of an early eighties SNL and Second City cast still haunt the streets there. It seems right. Thank you Harold Ramis for making me not be afraid of no ghosts. If one movie was directly responsible for making me love comedy and movies, it has to be Ghostbusters. Harold Ramis introduced me to a magical world of comedy, science fiction and the city of New York. As a young kid in Peru watching four guys dressed in jumpsuits save a city from supernatural spirits, I knew that making movies and making people laugh was what I needed to do in my time here on earth. I guess my next move is to call New York home. It’s what Egon would have wanted. I’m sure the spirits of an early eighties SNL and Second City cast still haunt the streets there. It seems right. Thank you Harold Ramis for making me not be afraid of no ghosts. If one movie was directly responsible for making me love comedy and movies, it has to be Ghostbusters. Harold Ramis introduced me to a magical world of comedy, science fiction and the city of New York. As a young kid in Peru watching four guys dressed in jumpsuits save a city from supernatural spirits, I knew that making movies and making people laugh was what I needed to do in my time here on earth. I guess my next move is to call New York home. It’s what Egon would have wanted. I’m sure the spirits of an early eighties SNL and Second City cast still haunt the streets there. It seems right. Thank you Harold Ramis for making me not be afraid of no ghosts.

If one movie was directly responsible for making me love comedy and movies, it has to be Ghostbusters. Harold Ramis introduced me to a magical world of comedy, science fiction and the city of New York. As a young kid in Peru watching four guys dressed in jumpsuits save a city from supernatural spirits, I knew that making movies and making people laugh was what I needed to do in my time here on earth. I guess my next move is to call New York home. It’s what Egon would have wanted. I’m sure the spirits of an early eighties SNL and Second City cast still haunt the streets there. It seems right. Thank you Harold Ramis for making me not be afraid of no ghosts.

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“Cosmos” is a Greek word for the order of the universe. It is, in a way, the opposite of “Chaos.” It implies the deep interconnectedness of all things. It conveys awe for the intricate and subtle way in which the universe is put together.” — Carl Sagan

sagansense:

“Cosmos” is a Greek word for the order of the universe. It is, in a way, the opposite of “Chaos.” It implies the deep interconnectedness of all things. It conveys awe for the intricate and subtle way in which the universe is put together.”
Carl Sagan

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