Brad Grey, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg Talk ‘Indy’

by Ashley Bodul, Paramount Pictures

Surprise guest Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg and Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey (from left) at the “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” special screening and Q&A on Sept. 13 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA. (Photo: Peter Wintersteller/ABImages)

Employees at the Paramount Pictures lot were treated to a screening of the newly re-mastered Raiders of the Lost Ark, with special appearances by director Steve Spielberg and Harrison Ford. Before a standing room-only theater, Chairman and CEO Brad Grey began the evening by calling the iconic film a “true classic for the world and for our industry” and praising Spielberg as “one of the great storytellers.”

The audience of more than 500 was on its feet as the famed filmmaker took the stage to talk with Grey about the film’s earliest days when Spielberg, executive producer George Lucas and writer Lawrence Kasdan spent three days holed up in a San Fernando Valley home to write what would become the first of four blockbuster Indiana Jones films.

“What was fun about making Raiders was that there had never been anything like it before; we were just making it up,” said Spielberg.  “We had no idea whether anybody would come see this movie.”

They did, and to-date, the franchise has earned nearly $2 billion.

As Grey and Spielberg discussed a shoot in Tunisia, Indy himself made a surprise appearance and delighted the audience with stories from the set.

Steven Spielberg and Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey (Photo: Peter Wintersteller/ABImages)

“It was a wonderful character on paper and it became a more interesting character, I think, during the process,” said Ford.  “Give a guy a hat, a leather jacket and a whip and there’s not a hell of a lot more you have to do.”

The employee screening was part of Paramount’s Rewind Screening Series, a celebration of the studio’s films and filmmakers, and coincided with this week’s Blu-ray release of the newly re-mastered Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie series.

“It was a wonderful character on paper and it became a more interesting character, I think, during the process,” said Ford.  “Give a guy a hat, a leather jacket and a whip and there’s not a hell of a lot more you have to do.”

The employee screening was part of Paramount’s Rewind Screening Series, a celebration of the studio’s films and filmmakers, and coincided with this week’s Blu-ray release of the newly re-mastered Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie series.

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