Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1981. Revised First draft script for the 1982 film. Laid in is a photocopied MGM memorandum from Steven Spielberg addressing the confidentiality of the "Poltergeist" project. Red numeric watermark on each page as called for.
A quintessential entry in the horror film oeuvre, "Poltergeist" tells the story of a family beset by a group of particularly malicious spirits after moving into their new suburban California home.
Although he was contractually prevented from directing another film while working on "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," debate continues as to the extent of Spielberg's creative influence upon the direction of this film. Nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Visual Effects. Shot on location in California.
Pale blue studio wrappers, noted as FIRST DRAFT on the front wrapper, dated February, 1981. Title page present, dated February, 1981, noted as FIRST DRAFT, with credits for story writer-screenwriter Spielberg. 121 leaves, with last leaf of text numbered 119, and a laid-in memorandum. Mechanically reproduced, with green, pink, yellow and blue revision pages throughout, dated variously between 3/23/81 and 5/8/81. Pages Fine, wrapper Very Good, bound with two gold brads.
Lentz, p. 1423.