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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus script (maybe) - post author Don

Thanks “Tony” for the heads up on a purported 2007 draft of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. I say “purported” because it is listed as being written by “Terry McKeown and Charles Gilliam” rather than by Terry Gilliam and Charles McKeown. And nobody has been able to either confirm or deny that it is a true draft of the script.

You can follow the release of movie on the twitters

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – May 26, 2007 draft script by “Terry McKeown and Charles Gilliam” (Terry Gilliam and Chalres McKeown) – hosted by: – in pdf format

The immortal 1,000-year-old Doctor Parnassus leads a traveling theater troupe that offers audience members a chance to go beyond reality through a magical mirror in his possession. Parnassus had been able to guide the imagination of others through a deal with the Devil, who now comes to collect on the arrangement, targeting the doctor’s daughter. The troupe, joined by a mysterious outsider named Tony travel through parallel worlds to rescue the girl.

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3 Comments so far


April 1st, 2009 at 12:28 pm

I’ll confirm that this is the Imaginarium from 2007. I was working as a reader that year and actually remember reading this script. It stands out because I said in my coverage that only Gilliam would be brave enough to tackle the damn thing.

After Ledger’s death I went back and looked at my coverage and noticed if you switch the names up you get Terry Gilliam and Charles McKeown – the author of Baron Munchausen (sic?) and Brasil.

Coincidence? I think not.


January 4th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

This isn’t the one from 2009, I saw a screening of it and it isn’t the same in the beginning scenes. I didn’t read the whole script, but from what I read, it wasn’t alike.


bob dole
May 18th, 2010 at 1:42 am

one of my favorite lines in the movie “I’m not drunk, I’m just grumpy” is not intact in this script. perhaps it was improvised.

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