A Screenplay Written By
Robert A. Musiala Jr.
Copyright © 2014
|Genre||:||Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, Adventure|
Based on the true story of the mystery surrounding the lost Aleppo Codex, this film launches the iconic character of Indiana Jones, America's favorite action hero, back into the present day. Set in 2011 in Aleppo, Syria, the young Indiana Jones, who just recently completed his Ph.D. in Archeology, arrives in Aleppo as a member of the World Monuments Fund excavation team. Following the unfinished work of his grandfather, Indy uncovers the mysteries of the Aleppo Codex, the very first written version of the Bible that according to legend carries magical properties. Indy's efforts to find the "Crown of Aleppo" run into difficulties as the Arab Spring and Syrian Civil war explode in the Spring of 2011. With the help of his friends, Indy races to find and save the Aleppo Codex before it either falls into the wrong hands, or is lost forever!
According to oral tradition, early in the sixth century, a group of sages in Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee, undertook the task of creating a formal and final text of the Holy Scriptures. The use of codex technology — a method that made it possible to record information on both sides of a page, in book form, as a cheaper alternative to scrolls — had already evolved in Rome. Around A.D. 930, the sages in Tiberias assembled all 24 holy books and completed the writing of the ALEPPO CODEX, the first definitive and complete Hebrew Bible.ALEPPO CODEX TIMELINE
The Romans invade JERUSALEM, destroy the Holy Temple, and scatter the Jewish tribes. Soon after, the decision is made to create a common, authoritative biblical text to unite the Jewish faith.70 A.D.
The ALEPPO CODEX, a bound book of approximately 500 parchment pages, is completed in TIBERIAS, ISRAEL, by the greatest of Jewish scribes, SHLOMO BEN-BUYA'A, and the greatest of Jewish biblical scholars, AARON BEN-ASHER.930 A.D.
The ALEPPO CODEX is stolen by Crusaders during the FIRST CRUSADES and the assault on JERUSALEM, and put up for sale. The news reached the wealthy community of FOSTAT, near CAIRO, who raised an enormous sum to buy it back.1099 A.D.
The great Jewish philosopher, MOSES MAIMONIDES, studies the ALEPPO CODEX in CAIRO, EGYPT. He declares it to be the oldest and most accurate known copy of the complete Bible.1300 A.D.
A rabbi named DAVID, of the bloodline of MOSES MAIMONIDES, brings the ALEPPO CODEX to ALEPPO, SYRIA. The CODEX remains safe in the ALEPPO temple for hundreds of years.1350 A.D.
The United Nations votes to formally create the state of Israel. Soon after the vote, rioters in ALEPPO ransack the Jewish temple and burn its biblical texts. The ALEPPO CODEX is damaged, but most of the manuscript was saved and kept in a secret hiding place.1947
A secret mission operated by the ISRAELI MOSSAD discovers the ALEPPO CODEX, which was thought to be destroyed, and smuggles it out of Syria to Jerusalem.1957
The ALEPPO CODEX is delivered to the President of the State of Israel, IZHAK BEN-ZVI, then stored and studied at the BEN-ZVI INSTITUTE in JERUSALEM by Scholars. It is soon revealed that the TORAH (five books of MOSES) is missing.1958
INDIANA JONES completes his thesis on the ALEPPO CODEX and graduates with his Ph.D. in Archaeology from Northwestern University. He graduates unemployed.2010
INDIANA JONES is selected to join the WORLD MONUMENTS FUND excavation team in ALEPPO, SYRIA.2011
The ARAB SPRING and SYRIAN CIVIL war throw SYRIA into chaos. INDIANA JONES races to find and save the ALEPPO CODEX, before it is too late!2011
The goal of this website is to get the screenplay into the hands of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Lucasfilm, and Disney, for consideration as the next Indiana Jones film. If Lucasfilm and Disney choose not to consider this screenplay, I reserve the right to sell the screenplay to a third party to be produced as a non-Indiana Jones film.
Robert A. Musiala Jr. is a writer who was born and raised, and still lives, on Chicago's North side. When asked what he does for a living, Robert often describes himself as "an attorney and accountant who works as a consultant and wishes he was a fiction writer." Robert graduated from Northwestern University in 2000 with a dual degree in Creative Writing and International Studies. He went on to earn degrees in law and accounting, and he currently supports himself as a consultant while finding time to write whenever his demanding schedule allows.
In 2011, while struggling to find time to finish his (still) half-complete literary novel, Robert stumbled upon the idea for Indiana Jones and the Aleppo Codex. He completed the full script in December 2014. As a great fan of the Indiana Jones franchise, Robert has always dreamed of writing a new, modern series of Indiana Jones scripts to establish Indiana Jones as an ongoing, perpetual cinematic action series, much like the James Bond movies. Indiana Jones and the Aleppo Codex is Robert's script for the first movie in this new series. Robert hopes to work with Disney and Lucas Films to produce Indiana Jones and the Aleppo Codex, and to begin working on the next script in the Indiana Jones series.