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Unrealized Dreams: Three Scripts


Unrealized Dreams collects three screenplays by Richard Matheson which were never produced. The first "Fantastic Little Girl" is a sequel to "The Incredible Shrinking Man" which takes up where Matheson's classic leaves off. This is the ONLY version of Matheson's sequel available (he did not write a novelization). Universal decided not to produce any sequel at the time. The second "Appointment at Zahrain" was written expressly for Clark Gable. Unfortunately, the actor became ill on the set of "The Misfits" which ...
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Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A. 2005 Hard Cover 1st Edition, 1st Impression New in New jacket Signed Fine. in Fiine dj. Limited to 500 copies. Unopened and still completely ... sealed in shrink-wrap. UNREALIZED DREAMS is three screenplays by Richard Matheson which he is quite fond of but were not produced for a variety of reasons. The first script is the sequel to The Incredible Shrinking Man. The second script (a first draft with handwritten changes on each page), Appointment in Zahrain, was expressly written for Clark Gable. The actor became ill on the set of the film he was working on prior to Zahrain and soon passed away. The third script has all of the actors from Matheson's acclaimed Comedy of Terrors returning to play other parts in another horror/comedy. As Matheson mentions in his introduction to UNREALIZED DREAMS, after he completed the script, the actors began passing away one by one, with Vincent Price being the last. The book will be edited by Dennis Etchison. Etchison's short stories have appea Read more Show Less

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Unrealized Dreams collects three screenplays by Richard Matheson which were never produced. The first "Fantastic Little Girl" is a sequel to "The Incredible Shrinking Man" which takes up where Matheson's classic leaves off. This is the ONLY version of Matheson's sequel available (he did not write a novelization). Universal decided not to produce any sequel at the time. The second "Appointment at Zahrain" was written expressly for Clark Gable. Unfortunately, the actor became ill on the set of "The Misfits" which he was filming before "Appointment at Zahrain" and died soon after. This screenplay is Matheson's first draft (printed in facsimile form, not typeset) and includes numerous corrections and changes in dialog. The third script is "Sweethearts and Horrors" which was to gather all the actors in Matheson's acclaimed "Comedy of Terrors" in another comedy/horror film. Unfortunately, as Matheson recounts in his introduction after he finished his script the actors began dying off one at a time, with Vincent Price, being the last to pass away. Unrealized Dreams is presented in an oversized 8 1/2 x 11 format, with Matheson's actual scripts. Editor Dennis Etchison, in three separate essays discusses Matheson the script-writer as well as giving background on all three of these Matheson gems. This will be the only edition of the book available and is signed by both Matheson and Etchison.
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Editorial Reviews

GF Willmetts
Every successful scriptwriter who's ever worked in Hollywood has had scripts that never made production for one reason or another. Richard Matheson is no exception to this and this is a rare occasion to measure up their quality for yourself. Even more so, to test your imagination to see if you can visualize without having seen the films as I've done with other books in this Matheson collection.

Oddly enough, these three scripts spread across the genres so there is something here for everyone and two of them are specifically in our genre. The first is 'The Fantastic Little Girl', a sequel to the film 'The Incredible Shrinking Man'. This title is a bit of a misnomer as the girl in question is a very adult Louise, the wife of Scott Carey, who finds herself shrinking but willing to follow her husband's trail to find out what happened to him. Her attempt is hindered somewhat by doctors and scientists trying to stop her shrinking. The emphasis and focus is more on Louise with the medical staff coming across as more an annoyance but not very interested distraction. Had this been made into a film, I can see some director insisting on getting that element made a little more sturdier. The twist at the end is rather novel, even to a happy ending if I can say that without giving too much away.

The second is 'Appointment In Zahrain', a massive 192 page script that even Matheson says he would have edited down somewhat before it became useable. The fact that it wasn't was largely because it was to have starred Clark Gable after 'The Misfits' film. As we know, Gable died shortly after making that film and this version passed with him. Houston, Gable's character, is hardly the most heroic character but would have been undoubtedly been a meaty roll for him. Condemned prisoners in the Middle East narrowly miss their executions, escaping in a stolen ambulance with a nurse as hostage. This is an adaptation of Michael Barret's novel 'Appointment in Zahrain' and an interesting foray into how Matheson does adaptation.

The third is 'Sweethearts And Horrors' with the intention of providing the actors from 'Comedy Of Terrors' (1964) an opportunity to team up again. Looking at the painting on the cover this would have included Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff with Tallulah Bankhead. Now this one would have been made but for the passing of the actors one by one which might even have been considered a plot in itself. It wasn't difficult to figure out Vincent Price's character. I have to confess that I found the lines initially dry but once into the swing of things, especially when this family began to murder each other for their father's inheritance, humour was rife.

Obviously, if you're a Richard Matheson fan, you'll be wanting to add this book to your collection. If you're interested in studying some early scripts to learn technique then this will serve you in good stead as well for analysis. It also carries an important lesson in that having a decent script doesn't necessarily follow that it will ever get made when other circumstances ensures the films are never made. As such, these three are a real insight and will probably justify your money.
—© GF Willmetts, SFCrownest

UNREALIZED DREAMS: THREE SCRIPTS BY RICHARD MATHESON Despite its title, this collection of three brilliant yet unproduced film scripts is a dream realized for readers everywhere. Collected here for the first time, Gauntlet Press is offering the actual screenplays written by Richard Matheson for three major movie projects that were, sadly, never filmed. The first is titled THE FANTASTIC LITTLE GIRL, which was to have been the sequel to Mr. Matheson's hit science fiction movie, THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN. Scott Carey, the title character, was thought to have shrunk into oblivion, but when his wife, Louise, discovers that she, too, has been struck by the same malady and is herself shrinking, she returns to the house where her husband was lost, hoping to join him. This is a thrilling adventure into the microcosm of the world and the macrocosm of the soul. The second script, an international thriller titled APPOINTMENT IN ZAHRAIN, is a story that Mr. Matheson adapted specifically for Clark Gable, who died shortly before production commenced. Death also canceled his final and, in my opinion, most magnificent screenplay of all, SWEETHEARTS AND HORRORS. Remember the wonderful classic comedy/horror film, COMEDY OF TERRORS, starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff? SWEETHEARTS AND HORRORS was scripted to reunite that cast, with the addition of Basil Rathbone and Tallulah Bankhead! The script had me laughing aloud, I swear! Here's the story: There are five Sweetheart siblings, Dudley (Karloff), the cantankerous, child-hating kid's show host; Sydney (Rathbone), the smooth and natty ne'er-do-well; Adelbert (Lorre) the clumsy, not-quite-bright brother; Malcom (Price), the hateful, drunken ventriloquist; and Portia (Bankhead), their witheringly vicious actress sister ("A cross between Medea and Ma Barker"). When the five Sweethearts receive identical telegrams informing them of their father's murder, their respective responses are: Eureka! Hurrah! Oh. Yippee! Ha-ha! And the game is afoot! The surviving Sweehearts converge at their late father's home to hear the will and collect their fortunes. At the same time, they each gleefully endeavor to knock off their other siblings in order to cash in on the entire estate! This is a hilarious and rollicking farce that, if I could, I would wish onto film starring the original cast. It would have been an instant classic! As funny as it reads, it would have been a marvel of hilarity with the collective talent slated for the production. Unfortunately, all of the actors died before the film could be realized, but this sidesplitting script lives on, hurrah (as Sydney would have said). An insightful introduction by California writer Dennis Etchison kicks off the festivities, and I say festivities because this volume is a collection to celebrate. HURRAH.
Publishers Weekly
Richard Matheson fans won't want to miss Unrealized Dreams, which contains three unproduced film scripts by this Hugo and Edgar award-winning author. Dennis Etchison provides an intro. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781887368742
  • Publisher: Gauntlet, Incorporated CO
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Pages: 442
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 1.51 (d)

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