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Hrothgar, like his ancestors before him, is a good king, and celebrates his reign by constructing a grand hall and holding an immense feast the likes of which have never been seen. But the revelry is too much for outcast monster Grendel, who launches an attack on the great hall during the night, killing and devouring many warriors as they sleep. Again and again he returns for his vile feasts and it seems none can stop his siege.
This big budget film will be Paramount's major Fall 2007 release in the USA and will be a massive hit with fans of fantasy and science fiction as well as a larger audience attracted to the adventure, special effects and fantastic story–telling. It will star Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Ray Winstone, Robin Wright Penn, Crispin Glover and Anthony Hopkins. Directing the screenplay by Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction) and Neil Gaiman, will be Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Contact, What Lies Beneath, Who Framed Roger Rabbit...).
The film will be made using the next generation of performance capture techniques pioneered by Zemeckis and first used in The Polar Express. This technique combines a photo–real animation with a level of special effects that have never been matched before.
Gaiman and Avary have crafted a thrilling, frightening, innovative, and epic script for the fall 2007 blockbuster film that illuminates all the wonders and adventure of one of the greatest tales of all time. Illustrations.
Who will come to the aid of beleaguered King Hrothgar, whose warriors have become the prey of the vengeful outcast monster Grendel?
In the able hands of #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman (Anansi Boys, American Gods) and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction, Silent Hill), a timeless classic adventure takes on a astonishing new life. Here are the initial draft and final shooting script of the star-studded blockbuster film from Paramount Pictures and Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Forest Gump, Back to the Future), plus concept art, fascinating insights in the screenplay's evolution, an introduction by Avary, an afterword from Gaiman…AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the author of the New York Times
bestselling children's book Coraline
and of the picture books The Wolves in the Walls
and The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
, illustrated by Dave McKean. He wrote the script for the film MirrorMask
and is also the author of critically acclaimed and award-winning novels and short stories for adults, as well as the Sandman
series of graphic novels. Among his many awards are the World Fantasy Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Bram Stoker Award. Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in the United States.
Roger Avary won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay for co-writing Pulp Fiction with Quentin Tarantino. His other films include Killing Zoe and The Rules of Attraction, based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel.