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Topic: DEAD RUN

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 02/20/2009

Greg:

We just finished screening the Twilight Zone Adaptation of yoru short story "Dead Run", which aired today for the first time in a long while on The Chiller Channel on cable.

This is my Wife's favorite "New" Twighlight Zone episode. I managed to miss it (and most of the series) back in the mid to late 1980s.

But I've read the Story twice: Once when the collection TANGENTS for came out, then again fall of 2007 when I replaced my copy of that collection.

As we were watching this I was trying to identify what I remembered clearly from the story that seemed to be a direct port-in, things that were changed to adapt it to the small screen, and things that were left out (Like the drive into the City of Hell itself).

Had my wife save a copy of this episode for me to watch again, after I re-read the original story again.

And I'm having to do that with Clarke's THE STAR which which watched last night on the New Twighlight Zone...which I also missed during its original airing. A story I well know, as I adapted that and another Clarke story as a short play way back in 9th grade. I was UNHAPPY with the twist the Show put on Clarke's original twist in the story, to make it Nicer and happier (it was the second story in a Twighlight Zone Xmas Episode).

I think they did a better job on your story, it appears to stay true to the original spirit of the tale.

The episode "Dead Run" on the Twighlight Zone of the 1980s is set to repeat some time in the next month or so, for any of your readers here who missed it today.

So I'm blocking some time tomorrow morning to re-read and rewatch this Story/Episode.

Mike Glosson

Re: DEAD RUN

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 02/25/2009

Got a chance to do the reread and re-viewing of both versions of "Dead Run". I noticed they softened down John De Lancie's role and who he was supposed to be, other than the guy in charge.

I think splitting the Truck driver into two characters works for the TV Series, one the Vetern, one the Rookie...which gives the viewer a way into the whole scenario easier.

Otherwise: THEY GOT IT DOWN. And did it right.

Mike

Re: DEAD RUN

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/26/2009

Screenwriter and friend Alan Brennert and I do commentary on the DVD...

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