Making The Elephant Man : A Producer's Memoir, Paperback / softback Book

Making The Elephant Man : A Producer's Memoir Paperback / softback


The true story of John Merrick has captured the imagination of generations of audiences, critics, actors, and filmmakers. In 1988 I received a screenplay about a hideously disfigured man-John Merrick, the Elephant Man-who refused to fall victim to despair and instead exemplified human dignity.

The story was so gripping, so moving, the moment I finished the screenplay I began to read it again.

I had to produce it. John Merrick's story needed to be told. The story of how I got this movie made-the whole, unvarnished, hair-pulling, stomach-churning, adventure-is itself a study in the triumph of dignity over fear.

This is the story of my journey to share my love and admiration for John Merrick with the rest of world.

It is a story within a story, with scheduling conflicts, location issues, special effects nightmares and many risky decisions.

Assembling a team that included executive producer, Mel Brooks, new director, David Lynch, and actors John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins, I stared adversity in the eye and found a way to persevere and overcome my fears.

I hope you enjoy this story, my story, of the making of this inspiring Oscar-nominated, award-winning film.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 208 pages, 53 photographs
  • Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
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  • Category: Individual film directors, film-makers
  • ISBN: 9781476666624

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