- Apr 28, 2018
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From what i can tell you for example, Halloween 4 was all his although he did had to include few bits and pieces from earlier rejected scripts by other writers (scene where several people wear Shape masks, town loses its electrical power, Michael getting shot by bunch of cops in ending...), i guess because Moustapha Akkad told him and director to do that. I never read any draft of Rapid Fire, but other than the title change (Moving Target) i always heard from fans who did read the script how it's basically exactly like the movie, but with some extra scenes. McElroy himself made changes on Wrong Turn once it was picked up, originally his script was titled Blur and it was about bank robber on the run who has to fight against inbred mountain men after he escapes into the woods. But that doesn't mean he sometimes worked better without someone helping him. I read Journey Of Death which he wrote with John Milius, and for a story which was supposed to be another WWE produced film starring Triple H, i remember it wasn't that bad, but i think Milius probably deserves more credit for that one.I am a huge "Wrong Turn" fan - the first one, the sequels (including the otherwise much-praised Wrong Turn 2) are terrible IMHO. I was one of the few people defending it when everyone else trashed it and I don't even understand why they did so since it was a bona-fide 1970s survival\horror movie in the vein of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "The Hills Have Eyes", "Deliverance" and even early-80s slashers like "Just Before Dawn" made a few years everyone and their brothers started remaking them (maybe that's the reason why). Anyway, my appreciation of that movie alone was more than enough for me to get all hyped at the idea of someday reading that elusive first draft. Who knows? Maybe he didn't understand the material or thought that zombies were too cliché. Or maybe most of his scripts that got made into movies got through the hands of some good script doctors.
I think i mentioned this on other posts, but maybe McElroy just had too much projects to work on while he was writing his Resident Evil script, so he couldn't focus on writing more better first draft. He was working on at least three different comic book adaptations, one of the first scripts for Doom adaptation, re-writing his own script to turn it into Die Hard 4, some of his own specs and maybe even more. If he had more time later to fix up his RE script, i think it's possible his second draft that PSM reviewed was better. Like you said, we already know it did have mansion, zombies, and "normal" zombie dogs, so that's something which could confirm that.
And Hardware, if you're fan of Wrong Turn and similar films, i recommend tracking down John Carpenter's unproduced mid 70's script Prey, i think you'll might like it.