From Film to Book and Back Again: How Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Came
Ray Bradbury’s classic 1962 fantasy Something Wicked This Way Comes has its origins in an earlier screenplay that he wrote for Gene Kelly. In 1983, Disney finally released a film based on the book - the end of a bruising rollercoaster journey of script to book and back again for author/screenwriter Bradbury.
Phil Nichols is the editor of The New Ray Bradbury Review and Senior Consultant to the Ray Bradbury Centre at Indiana University and completed his PhD with a thesis on Bradbury's screenwriting. In this extensively illustrated talk, he charts the complex evolution of a film script into a perennial best-selling novel, and Bradbury's later multiple attempts to adapt the novel back into a film. The script credits on the finished film mask a tale of compromises, betrayals, and loss of trust.
Date: Friday 2 February, 2024
Venue: Wolverhampton Art Gallery