Spielberg recalled that “Raiders of the Misplaced Ark” was initially written to be longer and to include much more motion. Maybe Spielberg merely needed to make a number of extra chapters of an old-timey serial unexpectedly. Spielberg stated:
“‘Raiders of the Misplaced Ark’ was too super-packed with gags and stunts and set items. No film may maintain that a lot. So sure issues carried over. And I at all times keep in mind that the river rafting scene which we had written for ‘Raiders,’ I saved, sort of bookmarked for an additional ‘Raiders’ film. That went into ‘Temple of Doom.’ After which we had a complete mine cart chase — like a roller-coaster experience — that was initially written for ‘Raiders.'”
It was clever to avoid wasting the sequences, as a result of they ended up being the beginning factors for the sequel. The director continued, “Mainly, I simply took it out of ‘Raiders’ and put it in a drawer. After which, when it got here time to determine set items for ‘Temple of Doom,’ we dusted it off and caught it on the finish.”
The mine cart chase was initially meant for the climax of “Raiders.” After the Nazis obtained the Ark of the Covenant, Indy was to flee the following Wrath of God by racing away in a mine cart … with the Ark in tow. The river rafting sequence was initially a part of the introduction of Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen). To achieve Marion’s distant bar in Nepal, Indy took a airplane that, because it so occurred, was sabotaged by Nazis. Indy leaped from the airplane in an inflatable raft and sailed via the Himalayas to get to Marion’s place.
The excision of those sequences was clever. The tempo would have been slowed significantly.