A Pond - Somewhere in the State of Maine


There must be something in the air at the moment, as "The Dead Zone" seems to be a regular find here in Bangor.

Just yesterday I read that UPS will soon start Saturday deliveries nationwide, but that wasn't necessary for today's special delivery that I would like to share with you all.

The history of how "The Dead Zone" came to the screen is a long one, and if you bear with me, you might just find something interesting on how Christopher Walken came into our lives

"The Dead Zone" is a 1983 American horror thriller film Directed by David Cronenberg. The Screenplay by Jeffrey Boam was based on the 1979 novel of the same name by Stephen King. The film stars Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Anthony Zerbe, Colleen Dewhurst and Martin Sheen. The plot revolves around a schoolteacher, Johnny Smith (Walken), who awakens from a coma to find he has psychic powers.

Lorimar Film Entertainment began developing "The Dead Zone" film adaptation in 1980. Producer Carol Baum gave the book to screenwriter Jeffrey Boam and asked him to write a screenplay.
He initially developed a script for director Stanley Donen, who left the project before the film reached production at Lorimar. Lorimar eventually sold "The Dead Zone" film rights to producer Dino De Laurentiis. Dino De Laurentiis disliked Boam's draft screenplay and asked Stephen King to adapt his own novel into a screenplay. However, after receiving King’s draft, De Laurentiis reportedly rejected King's script as "involved and convoluted". David Cronenberg, who ultimately directed the film, said that he also decided not to the use Stephen King's script, finding it "needlessly brutal". After rejecting Stephen King's Draft De Laurentiis later rejected another script, one written by Andrei Konchalovsky, before eventually returning to Jeffrey Boam to write yet another script.

De Laurentiis hired producer Debra Hill (“Halloween” franchise) to work with Cronenberg and Boam. For DeLaurentiis, Boam abandoned his early draft and instead completely refashioned Stephen King's screenplay. He abandoned King's parallel story structure for "The Dead Zone's" screenplay, turning the plot into separate episodes. Boam's script was revised and condensed four times by Cronenberg, who eliminated large portions of the novel's story, including plot points about Johnny Smith having a brain tumor.

Director Cronenberg, screenplay writer Boam, and Producer Hill had script meetings to revise the screenplay page by page, with no consultation from Stephen King. Boam submitted the final draft of the screenplay on November 8, 1982.

This copy is an Original First Draft Screenplay by Jeffrey Boam, based on the novel by Stephen King. It is dated September 23,1982.

The pages (slightly toned as expected) are photocopied on 8.5” x 11" paper (photocopying was, and still is, how original copies of a draft script were quickly produced and distributed to film producers, agents, directors, and others involved in a motion picture production), pages printed on one side only 119 pages plus a title page. It is in Fine Condition.

I hope you enjoy.