Deeper Into the Forest

Hollywood: Paul Kohner, Circa 1970. Original treatment script for an unproduced film called "Deeper Into the Forest," written by Giulio Questi, whose film credits include "The Possessed" (1965), "Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot!" (1967), "Death Laid an Egg" (1968), and "Arcana" (1972). From the Paul Kohner agency, with his name and notation in holograph ink on the first page. The annotations states that director Sergio Leone suggested the script as a project for actor Charles Bronson. Brief corrective annotations in holograph ink on two pages.

Set in South America in the early 1900s, at an insane asylum, where patient Lazarus resides.

Based on previous scripts we have handled for this title, the project was to star Charles Bronson, but representatives from the Paul Kohner agency called the central character "a sort of left-over snack derived from Tony Quinn's character of the Indian in the play ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST," and that Bronson did not "fancy himself playing Indians." The representatives also say that the story spirals into a meaningless psychedelic, peyote-induced "freeforall" with the timeless, and worn, idea that people commit outrageous and unhinged deeds because the world around them is exactly that: outrageous and unhinged.

Blue wrappers. Title page present, undated, noted as Idea and Treatment, with a credit for screenwriter Questi. 51 leaves, with last leaf of text numbered 50. Carbon typescript on onionskin stock. Pages and wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads.

[Book #137979]

Price: $95.00