The Screenplay to "Planet of the Titans"

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  1. Admiral Archer

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    Does anyone here know where I would be able to find and read the screenplay to the un-made "Planet of the Titans" film? As for which version I would prefer, I'd like to find the Chris Bryant and Alan Scott screenplay though I would settle for either. Thanks!
     
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  2. Lord Garth

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    Someone else might have something (that might've been leaked to them) but I've never seen a script for "Planet of the Titans". Only synopses.
     
  3. Maurice

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    It's a Holy Grail no one I know of has ever seen. Story proposal, yes, screenplay, no.
     
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    Damn, that sucks. I read a five year old archived post on reddit from someone who claimed he had at one time had a pdf file of the script but lost it when his computer crashed, and was looking for it again. That seems to be the closest thing I have to a lead.
     
  5. Maurice

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    I would take that claim with a grain of salt salt lick.
     
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    Yeah, what he had was probably a fan-made work being passed around as the screenplay to "Planet of the Titans". He probably never thought to look into it to check its authenticity. That's my theory at least.
     
  7. Maurice

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    Having read some of Scott-Bryan work I would probably recognize if such a script "smelled" authentic or not.
     
  8. Maab

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    To my knowledge the Bryant-Scott script has never leaked, and the best source for it is the synopsis by Susan Sackett in the making of The Motion Picture book. On the other hand the Kaufman version has been circulating among fan. You can find a very detailed synopsis for it in the Memory Alpha page https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Trek:_Planet_of_the_Titans
    This has been confirmed to be correct down to names spelling and to the missing ending.
    Maybe a more detailed synopsis of the Bryant-Scott version will be present in the upcoming Cushman book (https://jbmj-book-store.myshopify.com/products/tatv-70s-v2), dedicated just to those years.
     
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  9. Firebird

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    I doubt anything in that book from Cushman will be reliable, just as in his previous books.

    Also, how is he making the claim that he’s covering the making of Phase II in “unprecedented detail?” We’ve already got a pretty damn good precedent of the Reeves-Stevens’ book, and they had direct access to Paramount’s archives.
     
  10. Harvey

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    Couldn’t be any worse than Bob Justman and Gene Roddenberry’s beyond the grave endorsement on the cover of volume one.

    Cushman had access to the Roddenberry archive, so I’m sure new information will come out. As to how reliable his reporting will be? Probably not very!
     
  11. Maab

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    I love Reeves-Stevens’ book and I've read it several times; and I've no idea of what Cushman is going to have in his book, however I must say there are few missing pieces from the Reeves-Stevens’ book regarding Phase II.

    Most of them can be found in various Altman & Gross publications (including Starlog), like the proposed episode "The Prisoner" by James Menzies, and several story proposals by Jerome Bixby. Also the Reeves-Stevens' book does not cover the first drafts of the approved scripts, more specifically: "Are Unheard Melodies Sweet?” by Worley Thorne (titled "Home” and then “Id’s Delight"), “Deadlock” by David Ambrose (titled “All Done with Mirrors”), “The War to End All Wars” by Arthur Bernard Lewis (same title, but written by Richard Bach) and “Tomorrow and the Stars” by Larry Alexander (titled “Ghost Story”). And the Reeves-Stevens book does not cover the modifications made by Gene Roddenberry to the pilot script "In Thy Image" (I wrote a book on the subject and all of these are covered).

    Finally there are at least two more scripts made for Phase II for which details are still unknown: “Paradise Lost” by Arthur Heinemann (very first story approved by Livingston) and “Merlin’s Magic” by Steve Kelly. And there is certainly more (for example Alan Dean Foster, beyond writing the first draft of “In Thy Image”, also proposed two other stories).
     
  12. Maurice

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    I should just write out detailed summaries of the plots to all those pre TMP motion picture attempts and give people less reason to buy his books. haha
     
  13. Lord Garth

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    Go for it!
     
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  14. Maurice

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    I just recently read the Bird's 1975 STAR TREK II, the one everyone calls "The God Thing" even though that's what he later called the never-completed novelization and not the script.

    I did write some notes when I read it. Here's one:

    Kirk is to meet Chekov and Sulu, but as he waits he’s knocked into a bizarre Gene Roddenberry sex fantasy sporting event where nearly nude and heavily oiled women slip-n-slide around on an undulating playfield and try to “tag” one another’s scanty outfits for points. Whatever. They play S&M with Kirk as the M and only let him go cuz "God"’s told them to. There’s a Chanukah miracle of the oil gag waiting to be made here...but that would not be kosher.​
     
  15. Lord Garth

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    And to think. If this ever got made, we probably wouldn't even be posting here today. ;)
     
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    Gene's Vision, everybody.
     
  17. Admiral Archer

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    Wait, I can't tell if you're just joking or if this was actually an idea Gene had. If it's the latter, :wtf:
     
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  18. mb22

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    Someone has GOT to publish that script! :)
     
  19. Ryan Thomas Riddle

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    @Maurice isn't joking. It's in the actual script.
     
  20. Maurice

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    How often do I joke about Trek history?
     
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