The Goshawk Squadron

N.p. N.p., circa 1972. Second Draft script for an unproduced film by Anthony Shaffer, with several holograph annotations in both marker and pencil striking, changing or adjusting dialogue and setting.

From the estate of film producer Elliott Kastner, whose best known credits include "The Long Goodbye” (Robert Altman, 1973), "The Missouri Breaks" (Arthur Penn, 1976), and “Heat” (Michael Mann, 1996).

Novelist and playwright Anthony Shaffer scripted Hitchcock's 1972 "Frenzy," his second screenplay, before adapting his 1970 play "Sleuth" for the successful 1972 Joseph Mankiewicz production starring Lawrence Olivier and Michael Caine. Shaffer announced plans to adapt Derek Robinson's 1971 dark and humorous take on the horrors of war "Goshawk Squadron," after the production and before the release of his adaptation of David Pinner's 1967 novel "Ritual," Robin Hardy's 1973 horror classic "The Wicker Man." Unfortunately, "The Goshawk Squadron" never made it beyond pre-production.

Based on Derek Robinson's 1971 novel, about front-line squadron of British pilots nearing the end of World War I and their cynical, hardened commander Major Woolley face a blood bath from the final German offensive and Woolley's impenetrability is tested.

Gray untitled wrappers with a die-cut title window in the British style. Title page present, noted as 2ND DRAFT, with credits for screenwriter Anthony Shaffer. 129 leaves, with last page of text numbered 126. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages Near FIne, wrapper Near Fine, bound internally with two flat metal brads.


[Book #147376]

Price: $375.00