40 Years of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ — The Birth of One of the Most Iconic Franchises in Film History

40 Years of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ — The Birth of One of the Most Iconic Franchises in Film History
Photo: ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark'/Paramount Pictures On June 12, 1981, an action-adventure film that featured Harrison Ford as the title character was released in theaters. It became a commercial success and won over audiences. This film was none other than ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’. 40 years later, the film has paved the way for multimedia franchises dominating the box office. The Premise and Production ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ is a film directed by Steven Spielberg. The story was written by George Lucas. For the role of Indiana Jones, Lucas originally wanted an unknown actor to portray the title character. At first, Tom Selleck was hired to portray the whip-wielding character but was unable to portray the character due to contractual obligations with his role on the television show, ‘Magnum P.I.’, so he backed out. Ultimately, Ford was chosen. Spielberg believed he fit the role after watching his performance
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