Duel and the unproduced The Distributor (both based on novellas by Richard Matheson) form companion pieces in these unpublished works by Matheson. We included the story and the screenplay of both Duel and The Distributor.
Duel was adapted by Steven Spielberg and became his first major work. The Distributor was written in the sixties and was deemed as “ahead of its time.” It is another Matheson script with handwritten changes throughout. The scripts for both works are reproduced in an oversized 8 1/2 x 11″ format.
Matheson expert Matthew Bradley provides insightful commentary to both screenplays. Also included in both editions are illustrations that were used to promote the theatrical release of Duel.
Actor Dennis Weaver also took part in Duel/The Distributor. As most are aware, Dennis Weaver starred in Duel, Steven Spielberg’s first major film. Weaver signed only the Lettered edition of the book.
Available to purchase for this title:
- 500-copy signed numbered edition
- Optional handmade bonded leather slipcase for the numbered edition
- 52-copy signed traycased lettered edition
“Comparing one form to another, seeing what Matheson left in and took out, and how he had to restructure certain prose elements to work better on the screen — fascinating… Anybody interested in the best fiction of our time should own this book. It is unique in every respect.” — Ed Gorman
“Duel fans will be thrilled to get their hands on a brand new book that includes not only Richard Matheson’s original short story, but the elusive teleplay as well!” — Spielbergfilms.com
“A creative assemblage of text, photos, and historical documentation, this collection is one more testament to the creativity that Matheson displayed while embracing dark fiction.” — William Simmons
“People, I know I say this a lot; especially when it comes to Matheson, but you really need this book. I cannot emphasize enough, how much I admire Gauntlet Press for putting their soul in everything they produce.” — Horror-Web