Culver City, CA: Chartoff-Winkler Productions, 1983. Early draft script for the original, never completed 1983 version of the film, which would eventually be rewritten, reshot, and released in 1988. Laid in typed letter signed attesting to the vintage and provenance of the script from David Ehrenstein, author of "The Scorsese Picture: The Art and Life of Martin Scorsese," describing his acquisition of the script, original studio Paramount's abandonment of the film, and Universal Pictures reviving the project five years later, at which time screenwriter Paul Schrader and director Martin Scorcese altered the script significantly.
Based on the controversial novel by Nikos Kazantazkis, Schrader's script departs from the Gospels' depiction of Jesus Christ and explores human temptations, incurring outrage at the time from some Christian groups. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director.
Set in Ancient Judea, shot on location in Morocco.
Pink untitled wrappers. Title page present, dated August 12, 1983, noted as Third Revision, with credits for screenwriter Paul Schrader and author Nikos Kazantzakis. 120 leaves, with last page of text numbered 111. Photographically reproduced, rectos only. Pages Near FIne, wrapper Very Good Plus, bound with two gold brads.
Criterion Collection 70.