IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE by Ray Bradbury. Colorado Springs, CO; Gauntlet Press; 2004. 1st edition hardcover.
Gauntlet Press' publication of Ray Bradbury's four screen treatments for IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE.
Released in 1953, It Came From Outer Space was one of the first 3-D films made. Rumors about Bradbury's participation with the film have run rampant for years. Bradbury did not write the final screenplay -- good news, actually, as Bradbury retained their rights -- but he wrote four treatments and gets story credit. These screen treatments have NEVER been published before.
Donn Albright, who edited the Gauntlet edition of DARK CARNIVAL in 2001, is the editor for IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE. He has done a FANTASTIC job in pulling together the original Bradbury typed pages of the outlines and treatments, gathering more bonus material than we could have ever imagined possible, and convincing Bradbury to allow us to use never before published short stories in this book.
The Gauntlet edition of IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE is more than just a printing of the outlines and treatments which Bradbury wrote for the film. It is an in-depth study of the evolution of the film. The book is filled with:
Never before published Bradbury short stories,
Insightful essays and introductions from Bradbury Scholars Jon Eller and Bill Touponce.
The book is an oversized book, 8 1/2" x 11", so as to keep intact the size of the script pages.
Table of Contents:
Foreword by Donn Albright (Editor): San Bernardino Summers,
Part I. Prelude to a Screenplay: Ray Bradbury and It Came From Outer Space:
Interview with Ray Bradbury: It Came From Outer Space,
Bradbury Scholar Bill Touponce essay "Our Harvest is Fear: Aspects of Carnival in Ray Bradbury's Screen Treatment for It Came From Outer Space",
Bradbury Scholar Jon Eller essay "Bradbury's Web of Fear: The Lost Metaphor Behind It Came From Outer Space",
Short story: "A Matter of Taste" - The short story that was the inspiration for It Came From Outer Space (Introduction by Jon Eller) A never before published short story,
Fantasy & Science Fiction editorial letter on "A Matter of Taste," 28 June 1952,
Part II. From Story to Film: It Came From Outer Space:
"Ground Zero" (The Atomic Monster) 39 page screen treatment by Ray Bradbury (actual Pages with handwritten corrections and notes),
"It Came From Outer Space": (Atomic Monster) Outline, 3 September 1952, 37 page outline by Ray Bradbury (actual pages),
"It Came From Outer Space": Atomic Monster) Outline, 5 September 1952, 49 page outline by Ray Bradbury (actual pages),
"It Came From Outer Space": A Story for Films, September 1952, 119 pages by Ray Bradbury (actual pages),
The Filming of It Came From Outer Space: A Reminiscence by Russell Johnson (Johnson played "George" in the film),
The Marketing of It Came From Outer Space: Posters, ads and reviews,
Adaptations of It Came From Outer Space: "The Meteor" (two published versions),
Part III. Life in Bungalow 10: Ray Bradbury and Sam Rolfe:
Introduction (Jon Eller),
Letter from Sophie Maslow to Ray Bradbury, 22 October 1952,
Short story: "Troll Charge" by Ray Bradbury. Appears here for the first time in print! Written during the time Bradbury was working on It Came From Outer Space,
Part IV. Postscript: Ray Bradbury and Harry Essex:
Introduction (Jon Eller),
Letter, Harry Essex to Ray Bradbury, 10 February 1976,
Letter, Ray Bradbury to Harry Essex, 2 March 1976,
Letter, Harry Essex to Ray Bradbury, undated.
Still sealed in original publishers shrinkwrap.