Jekyll and Hyde...Together Again

Hollywood: Paramount Pictures, circa 1980. Draft script for the 1982 film.

Satirical horror farce, based on Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novella "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Jerry Belson's cinematic directorial debut, based on a late-night sketch from ABC's answer to Saturday Night Live, "Fridays," wherein comedian Mark Blankfield played a recurrent cocaine-snorting pharmacist. Belson, most often noted for sharing writing credits with Steven Speilberg for "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and winning three Emmy's for "The Tracey Ullman Show," co-wrote with notable sitcom screenwriters, Michael J. Leeson (two time Emmy winner for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series 1981 "Taxi" and "The Cosby Show" 1985), sister Monica Johnson ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Laverne & Shirley") and Harvey Miller (head writer, director of "The Odd Couple"). The script was championed at Paramount by Michael Eisner and part of Paramount's "Magnificent Seven," a reaction to increasing budgets and a potential director strike in 1981 where six films were rushed to production under budget in order to finance a seventh.

Set in and shot on location in Los Angeles.

Beige untitled wrappers. Title page present, with credits for screenwriters Jerry Belson, Michael Leeson, Monica Johnson and Harvey Miller. 108 leaves, with last page of text numbered 103. Xerographically reproduced. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, velo binding.

Carlson and Connolly, Destroy All Movies. Olive Films 1264.

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