Wild times on the set of David Lynch’s “Wild at Heart.”

Here’s a rare revised first draft of David Lynch’s screenplay for “Wild at Heart,” adapted from Barry Gifford’s novel of the same name [pdf]. (NOTE: For educational purposes only)

With liberal references to “The Wizard of Oz” and Elvis, and an iconic role for Sailor’s treasured snakeskin jacket — which he believes symbolises his ‘individuality and belief in personal freedom’ — the film won the Palme d’Or for best film at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. 

“Wild at Heart” was a screenplay that you wrote based on his novel. But this is the first time that you have actually written the screenplay together and written it from scratch. Can you talk about what that was like, that actual working process with Barry?
LYNCH: I know we were doing that, but looking back, it’s a magical process because you can’t tell where ideas come from, and it seems like it’s just both of us focusing on something. And it was a couple of ideas that were fragments, and those fragments focus you. And it seems that they release a little lock on a door and the door opens and more fragments start coming in—drawn by the first fragments. It’s strange, because if any of you have ever written anything, you know that one day it’s not there and then a month later or two months later it’s there. And it’s two people tuning into the same place, I think. —A Pinewood Dialogue with David Lynch

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E. Thompson

I make movies. Sometimes people see them. I have been a martial artist for a very long time. I'm in a personal war with the Oxford comma.

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