Dust jacket illustration by Bob Eggleton
Edited by Stephen Jones.
Published by PS Publishing.
PS Publishing recently published an absolutely gem, Kong: An Original Screenplay, edited by the estimable Stephen Jones. We were so impressed that we decided to pick up copies to offer to our customers.
About the Book:
Ninety years ago, the classic Hollywood monster movie King Kong was released. What most people do not realise is that much of the film was the brainchild of best-selling British mystery writer Edgar Wallace (1875–1932). Known as the “King of Thrillers”, Wallace was an incredibly prolific and influential writer who moved to California in the early 1930s, where he was employed at RKO Radio Pictures. He was working on the initial drafts of Kong when he died unexpectedly, at the age of fifty-six, just two months into pre-production.
For decades, Wallace’s contribution to the film has been consistently down-played. Now, with the publication of Kong: An Original Screenplay, we can finally see how Wallace’s substantial draft script prefigures much of the narrative structure and more important themes found in the final film. It also depicts many of the production’s key scenes, while also including several epic sequences that were never used.
With an historical Introduction by multiple award-winning editor Stephen Jones, Wallace’s personal copy of his original draft script with his own corrections and interpolations, a boys’ story-paper adaptation of the film, preliminary production stills and art-work, and a colour portfolio of King Kong posters from around the world, Kong: An Original Screenplay finally gives Edgar Wallace the credit he deserves as the “Man Who Created Kong”!
Table of Contents
- Edgar Wallace: The Man Who Created Kongby Stephen Jones
I. Growing Up
II. Becoming an Author
III. The War Years
IV. King of Thrillers
V. America Beckons
VIII. Letters from Hollywood
XI. The Making of King Kong
XII. The Artists
XIII. Literary Adaptations
XV. Wallace’s Script
XVI. End Credits
- Kong: An Original Screenplayby Edgar Wallace
- King Kong: A Boys’ Magazine Story
- Edgar Wallace