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Bradbury Beyond Apollo$
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Jonathan R. Eller

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043413

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043413.001.0001

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“My Name Is Dark”

“My Name Is Dark”

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Bradbury Beyond Apollo

Jonathan R. Eller

University of Illinois Press

Chapter 18 centers on the 1982 filming of Something Wicked This Way Comes by Disney Studios, and the 1982-1983 reshooting and reediting stages of production. Producer Peter Douglas and his father Kirk Douglas were able to convince Disney to finance the film, with Jack Clayton as director. Bradbury’s 1976 script was subsequently reworked by Clayton and British writer John Mortimer. Bradbury’s reaction to these changes, his fascination with the Green Town set built on the Disney studio lot, and the dynamics of the reshooting relationships between Bradbury, Clayton, and the studio form the focus of chapter 18. The chapter concludes with post-production work and promotions involving Orson Welles and Bradbury, and a brief summary of the critical reactions and awards the film received.

Keywords:   Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Disney Studios, Peter Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Jack Clayton, John Mortimer, Green Town, Orson Welles

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