Script, Treatment & Production Schedule for War of the Insect Gods: A New York City Nightmare. Mitchell Glazer, Emily Prager Michael O'Donoghue, Dirk Wittenborn.
Script, Treatment & Production Schedule for War of the Insect Gods: A New York City Nightmare
Script, Treatment & Production Schedule for War of the Insect Gods: A New York City Nightmare
Script, Treatment & Production Schedule for War of the Insect Gods: A New York City Nightmare
Script, Treatment & Production Schedule for War of the Insect Gods: A New York City Nightmare
Script, Treatment & Production Schedule for War of the Insect Gods: A New York City Nightmare
Script, Treatment & Production Schedule for War of the Insect Gods: A New York City Nightmare
Script, Treatment & Production Schedule for War of the Insect Gods: A New York City Nightmare

Script, Treatment & Production Schedule for War of the Insect Gods: A New York City Nightmare

New York: None, 1978. 4to, [1], 121 pp, original xerox from typescript and crushed cockroaches, hole-punched and housed in a unprinted green three ring binder. [With] treatment: 4to, 16 pp, xeroxed from typescript and holograph corrections, and stapled once at the upper left hand corner. [With] production schedule, 4to, two pp, original xerox on rectos only from typescript, with holography note in red ink at top margin of first page.

A remarkable array of materials for the production of this horror film, originally intended to have a young Bill Murray in the lead, which was never filmed. If an unrealized film can be a cult movie, this is certainly one for 2 reasons - given persistent rumors that the film Ghost Busters, released six years later, was informed or inspired by it - and by the fact that the script was said to include xeroxes of squashed cockroaches, and that this was a reason that nobody wanted to touch the film.

The script was written by legendary Saturday Night Live member Michael O'Donoghue, with writers he had previously worked with on Mike's Mondo Video - this film also was part of Project X. As well as Bill Murray, the film was to included Carrie Fisher and Dan Akroyd. As described in a 2012 article in Vulture, The film was intended to be in black and white, and O'Donoghue was rumored to have xeroxed real, squashed roaches into the script, an enticing fact that launched us on a search for the script. This is the first example we've seen, and we can substantiate the fact - there are two squashed roaches xeroxed into the script, over the text, which are realistic enough to have caused us to jump just a little when opening it.

In the pages of Fangoira #14, O'Donoghue discussed plans for the film which included releasing 10,000 live cockroaches in the movie theatre at the premiere.

Heavy wear to the binder, with the front panel detached, but present. Contents near fine. Laid in materials shows some creasing and toning, but all very good. Item #26955