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Indiana Jones and the Monkey King was developed as the third Indiana Jones film before it was abandoned in favor of what became Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Plot summary[]

It opened in a castle in Scotland in 1937, where Indiana Jones, while on a fishing trip, investigates murders by a ghost, the Baron Seamus Seagrove III. Indiana returns home, where Marcus Brody tells him to aid the zoologist Clare Clarke in Africa, who has discovered a 200-year old pygmy named Tyki. Indiana meets up with her and his old friend Scraggy Brier in Mozambique, and discovers a suicidally lovestruck student of his named Betsy has stowed along. The Nazis, led by Lieutenant Mephisto and Sergeant Gutterbuhg (who has a mechanical arm), attack, and despite Indy's best efforts in the ensuing boat chase, Tyki is captured.

Still, Tyki gave Indy a scroll which guides him to a Lost City via the Zambesi River. There, Indy, Clare, Scraggy and Betsy enter an uneasy alliance with pirates, led by Kezure. The Nazis attack in a giant tank, which Indy manages to rescue Tyki from by using a rhino as his steed. Tyki takes them to the city of Sun Wu King, where it is revealed Tyki is a prince. His father is then killed by the Nazis, and a battle ensues where Indiana is killed by Mephisto. The Nazis are defeated though, and Tyki takes Indy into a garden of immortal peaches, where Sun Wu King comes to revive Indy. Kezure eats a peach, but dies because he isn't pure of heart. Sun Wu gives Indy his transforming Golden Rod, while Betsy decides to stay with Clare.




Behind the scenes[]

The idea of an Indiana Jones film featuring the Monkey King as the plot device was previously considered by George Lucas during the development of the second film.[1]

Lucas wrote an eight-page story outline in September 1984, which he altered with an eleven-page outline. Lucas' treatment made the Lost City the location of the Fountain of Youth, which only the pygmies can drink from (the Nazi army die after drinking from it). His first version of the story had the Monkey King get killed and Indy escape as his gorilla army riot. Chris Columbus, writer of Spielberg productions such as Gremlins, wrote two screenplay drafts in 1985 (the former was simply titled Indy III, and the latter was subtitled The Lost City of Sun Wu King). Columbus named all the characters and made Indiana go through a resurrection.[2]

In his second draft, Columbus deleted Betsy, and made the villain a bar owner named Dash, who allies with the Nazis. Sun Wu King is also turned into a villain, who makes Indy and Dash play chess with real people; he disintegrates them when they are eliminated. Indy defeats the Monkey King and his undead army by breaking the Golden Rod, and marries Clare after escaping. Lucas ultimately decided the script was too unrealistic.[2]

According to Hal Barwood, LucasArts briefly considered adapting the plot of Monkey King for an Indiana Jones video game which would have been a follow-up to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis was originally conceived as a tie-in for Monkey King.[3] However, Barwood convinced them to drop the idea as he felt that the story was substandard.[4] The Monkey King legend was reconsidered for the next installment after Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb but LucasArts developed the game around the Staff of Moses instead.[5]

The premise of Indiana Jones investigating a haunted castle was also used in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles episode "Transylvania, January 1918" (Masks of Evil) where the future archaeologist joins a group of WW1 Allied agents to face down the supernatural forces of Dracula.[6]


Sun Wukong with a Heavenly Peach in Indiana Jones Adventure World.

The immortal peaches were later added to the list of 'artifacts' in 1995's Indiana Jones Artifacts though the Monkey King himself (who steals the peaches in Journey to the West) isn't referenced.[7]

The idea of character with a mechanical limb was originally conceived of during the early development of Raiders of the Lost Ark, in which Gestapo agent Arnold Ernst Toht was depicted with one.[2] Author J. W. Rinzler would resurrect the concept for his villain Helmut von Mephisto in 2009's Indiana Jones and the Mystery of Mount Sinai,[8] and Indiana Jones Adventure World added the Monkey King to a canonical source under the more traditional spelling Sun Wukong in 2012.[9]

Notes and references[]

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Novel (Adventures of Indiana Jones) · 1989 junior novel · 2008 junior novel (Collector's Edition) · Storybook · Read-Along Adventure
Partial adaptations
Indy's Adventures · Traps and Snares · Great Escapes · The Search For Buried Treasure
Soundtrack (The Soundtracks Collection) · The Story of · William Conrad Reads
Comic · 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · Marvel Magazine · Omnibus 3 · Indiana Jones and the Spear of Destiny
Game · The Action Game · The Graphic Adventure · Greatest Adventures · Indiana Jones Heritage
LEGO Indiana Jones
Indiana Jones Adventures · The Original Adventures · The Adventure Continues
Activity books
Indiana Jones and his Life of Adventure · Annual 1990 · Annual 2009 · Annual 2010 · Activity Annual · Winter Activity Annual · Golden Treasure Sticker Book · Heroes and Villains Sticker Book · The Greatest Adventures of Indiana Jones
Behind the scenes
Original Movie Script · From Star Wars to Indiana Jones · Great Adventurers and Their Quests · A Look Inside · Making the Trilogy · Indiana Jones: An Appreciation · Creepy Crawlies · Travel with Indy: Locations · Stunts of Indiana Jones · Sound of Indiana Jones · Light and Magic of Indiana Jones · Music of Indiana Jones
Indy's Women · Indy's Friends and Enemies · The Complete Making of Indiana Jones
Script development
Indiana Jones and the Monkey King · Indy III
Home video
VHS (The Complete Adventures of Indiana Jones) · DVD (Adventure Collection · Complete Adventure Collection)
Blu-ray (The Complete Adventures) · 4K (4-Movie Collection)
Other material and merchandise
Collectors' Edition · Official Poster Magazine · The Byzantine Crusader · Grail Diary