Does anyone have a copy of this unmade P.T Anderson script which was the basis for what evolved into Punch Drunk Love?
The following is t aken from Aint It Cool:
IS ADAM SANDLER DUE FOR A KNUCKLE SANDWICH?!
One of those infamous “mysterious packages” ended up on my desk this morning. Inside was a script and a single sheet of paper with three names on it: ADAM SANDLER, SEAN PENN, and EMILY WATSON. Okay… consider my attention got. The name of the screenwriter jumped off the front page at me: PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON. Holy crap. This is the untitled comedy project. This is New Line’s mysterious thing I’ve heard about. And it’s got a title!! KNUCKLE SANDWICH, eh? It’s one of those titles that really needs to be said aloud in that cheesy trailer voice to be appreciated.
“ADAM SANDLER… IN A FILM BY PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON… KNUCKLE SANDWICH!”
I hadn’t heard anything about premise or the other cast members before, so I dug into the script immediately to try and get some grip on what to expect next year. First thing, first page, it says “This movie is to be shot in CINEMASCOPE.” You know, there’s a reason I love PTA and his films so far. It’s that sort of high-functioning geek savant quality to his work that makes me smile right off the bat, just like QT. These are guys who list influences like Melville and Lawrence Tierney on the inside front title page, or who specify scope and every single camera move from the moment they start writing. They breathe cinema. They’re like guys who snuck in the back door, hardcore film geeks who have figured out how to bend the mainstream to meet them. PTA is once again working with Los Angeles as his stage, but this time, it’s 1967, and this is no PTA world we’ve seen before.
The one thing that’s immediately his, that’s familiar from page one to the end, is the sense of heightened romanticism. This guy believes in crazy love, manic love, the kind of love that… well, that people write movies about, actually. This film starts right away with the meeting of one BARRY WURLITZER (Adam Sandler) and one LENA LEONARD (Emily Watson). They’re at the Hot Doggie Style Hot Dog Stand on Wilshire. It’s the middle of the night. They meet, and there’s instant electricity. Within days, they’re in Vegas getting married. They speak in that same delirious drunk on love sort of way that Lula and Sailor did or that ‘Bama and Clarence did, like they’ve got a secret private language. As they lay in that honeymoon suite on their first night as man and wife, making love, Lena looks into Barry’s eyes.
“If we ever part, for whatever reason, I have no idea what, and I don’t want to think too long about it… but my darling, my dear… promise me this: promise me we’ll end it with one last kiss.”
Barry promises, and so does Lena, and they hold each other even closer as Lena speaks again.
“If you listen closer, I’ll whisper something in your ear. I’ll tell you my secrets and my desires and I’ll tell you the purest thing in the world. I love you, my darling. I love you.”
So it’s a fairy tale come true for the first six months. Barry’s a clean thief, a stickup guy who never gets his hands dirty, who never hurts anyone. One night he’s on his way out on a major job with some other goons, all of them working for some unseen crime boss named BABALOO (Sean Penn), a shadowy figure who only deals with one of them. Just before leaving for this particular job on this particular night, though, Lena asks for Barry’s wedding ring. She says she’s got a surprise for him. He leaves it for her, then slips out without a kiss. He and the other guys on the job meet at The Smiling Peanut, a local bar. The bartender there (RIDGELY, a nice nod to PTA’s longtime friend and BOOGIE NIGHTS star Robert Ridgely) gives Barry a note from Lena in a sealed envelope. What that note says begins Barry and the rest of this outrageous cast of characters on an insane path of destruction, violence, and love. This is a crazed action comedy about a man who just wants what he’s been promised from the woman he loves: one last kiss.
(I feel like Ben Stein in Ferris Buller’s Day off)
My guess would be this was just a first draft of Punch Drunk Love.
yeah but its different I wondered if anyone read a copy of it or even better had one!
I would like to know as well, I love PT Anderson and really loved Punch Drunk Love. I’m not sure if most people on here though are averse to scripts being traded online and such. Most people here seem to be interested in available films that they can watch and discuss.
Xixax is calling me but I do not wanna set up an account…