Original Australian Daybill movie poster. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 American action-adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford. Producer and co-writer George Lucas decided to make the film a prequel as he did not want the Nazis to be the villains again. After three rejected plot devices, Lucas wrote a film treatment that resembled the film's final storyline. Lawrence Kasdan, Lucas's collaborator on Raiders of the Lost Ark, turned down the offer to write the script, and Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz were hired as his replacements, with the resultant screenplay partly based upon the 1939 film Gunga Din.The film was released to financial success and was nominated for Academy Awards and won one.