Ladyhawke script at the Internet Movie Script Database. Get this from a library! Ladyhawke (): shooting script. [Edward Khmara; Michael Thomas; David Webb Peoples; Tom Mankiewicz]. Ladyhawke Script. Original script for Richard Donner’s fantasy film starring Matthew Broderick, – Available at November Signature Music &.

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In film lsdyhawke Lauren Shuler was looking for a screenwriter for one of her developing film projects. Someone at 20 th Century Fox told her about a writer named Edward Khmara, whom they thought might be a good fit.

Ladyhawke told the tragic story of two cursed lovers: During the day she srcipt magically transformed into a hawk, and by night he changed into a wolf. They could only glimpse one another at the precise moments of dawn and dusk. With the help of a young thief, Philippe the Mouse, and an ageing ladyhaake, Imperius, Navarre and Isabeau fought to break the curse and finally be together.

While ladyhaw,e screenplay impressed most who read it, there were not any studios in Hollywood willing to take a risk on the material. Medieval adventure and high fantasy were not perceived as popular genres inand when a string of films were subsequently released to prove that theory wrong — Excalibur, Conan the Barbarian and others — the argument changed to the exact opposite: But I was in love with this movie; this was the movie I was going to make.

The original draft featured a monster that lived in the sewers beneath the cathedral, to which the villainous Bishop would feed his enemies or any henchmen that displeased him.

It also featured a love interest for Philippe. Both subplots scrlpt excised during rewrites by Michael Thomas The Hunger. A second rewrite was undertaken by Tom Mankiewicz Superman to introduce more humour to the script and give it a cohesive tone and style. While the screenplay went through its rewrites, Shuler went looking for a director to helm the picture. Her first choice was Richard Donner, then still hot ladyuawke the success of The Omen and Superman in the late s.

There was a young female producer by the name of Lauren Shuler who had a property called Ladyhawkeand she kept calling and sending it over. With Donner onboard, Shuler was finally able to tee the screenplay up with a production srcipt With Hoffman out of the picture, the decision was made to cast more youthful actors generally. Connery, in the end, was not even approached. A former teenage star scripf Walt Disney Pictures, Russell had redefined himself as a strong, gritty leading man through two collaborations with director John Carpenter: Ladyhaske from New York and The Thing Russell liked the screenplay and agreed to perform the role.

We went back to Michelle. By this time, she had finished Scarface and was wondering what to do next. She read the script and accepted.

At this stage the production was on so tight a timeline that Pfieffer never auditioned directly ladthawke Richard Donner. She videotaped a scene, which was couriered to the director while he scouted for locations in Europe.

Lauren Shuler had wanted Matthew Broderick to play Philippe ever since it had been decided to cast a younger actor in the role. Richard Donner, however, was keen on casting the then relatively unknown Sean Penn. Penn, however, was shooting a film in Northern California and refused to discuss other roles until he had completed filming. Matthew Broderick was the final actor cast before shooting commenced. The supporting roles had proved much easier to fill.


A disappointed Donner cast Scottish actor Ken Hutchison instead. As production was about to start, the Ladd Company — plagued ladyhaake financial issues — dropped out of the project. Shuler desperately met with 20 th Century Fox and Warner Bros.

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Both studios were interested in bankrolling the project. As it was fully cast, developed and about to shoot, it represented comparatively easy money: Ultimately the two studios co-produced the film, Warner Bros taking domestic distribution and 20 th Century Fox handling its international release.

To avoid complicating the shoot, it was agreed that Warner Bros would supervise the production directly. After considering Czechoslovakia, the production shot the film on location in northern Italy.

Despite the rich and beautiful landscape, sourcing suitable locations proved difficult.

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The film was set in the 13 th century, and too many potential castles or towns featured more recent architecture. The tunnels had been repurposed for use as mushrooms farms, so it was not difficult to re-dress them to resemble their original form.

This set, measuring feet in length and 80 feet in height, was so large it extended outside of its own soundstage. As some scenes required actors to ride horses inside the cathedral, the set floor was dressed with composite rubber sculpted to look like cobblestones.

This enabled the horses to move about the studio floor in comparative safety while muffling the sound of their hooves. Despite the reduced sound, the noise still proved too great. All dialogue recorded in scenes with the horses was re-recorded by the cast during post-production and synchronised with the studio footage. As the production neared the principal photography stage, the actor-director relationship between Richard Donner and Kurt Russell started to break down.

Russell ultimately walked out on the production ten days before shooting was scheduled to commence. Desperate to secure a replacement star, Donner took a chance and contacted Rutger Hauer again.

While Hauer had not been interested in playing Marquet, he had expressed interest in the role of Navarre. Hauer arrived on the set in Rome four days later, having personally driven his own motorhome 1, kilometres from the Netherlands to Italy.

While Hauer had performed with a sword before — his first major role was in a Dutch television series set during the Middle Ages — he had not done so in a considerably long time. The remainder of the duel was shot ten days later, once the actor had time to sufficiently recover. He performs his role with nobility and a softly-spoken sensitivity.

Four Siberian wolves were used to play Navarre in animal form.

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They tend to be nervous. If you want them to attack a man, they might do it, but they get distracted very easily. It also took four different hawks to play the transformed Isabeau. Their egos became very important too. There were four hawks, actually. One was very sweet, two were so-so and the fourth was, ah, aggressive. None of them would hurt me, but when we first started shooting the trainers warned me that if you stare at the hawks, they get uncomfortable and might go crazy.


So, for the first couple of days, I was really worried every time I caught the bird looking at me. What is the emotional state of falling off a tower and turning into a bird? I felt so stupid. It was just awful. Pfieffer and Donner did not get along during the shoot.

Most of the plot occurs, as one would expect, during the day. This leaves precious little screen time for Pfieffer, and few opportunities for her character to contribute significantly to the plot.

One does wonder what the alternative Ladyhawke would be like, with Isabeau travelling by day and Navarre taking human form at night. Matthew Broderick also found the shoot a challenging experience, having no experience in riding horses, handling swords or even simply working on such a large-scale production. I was really cold for a lot of it. In a film that feels remarkably European in places, Broderick is the part that seems the most like Hollywood. Throughout the shoot, a debate went on over how precisely to end the film.

Should Navarre and Isabeau be seen getting married? Should Imperius be revealed as the new bishop? One idea had Imperius using magic to transform the Bishop into a rat or an owl as revenge. That they are together is, after all, all that matters. Few films, particularly those made today, are so wisely economical with their conclusions.

One of the most notorious elements of Ladyhawke remains its score. Widely mocked and derided, it followed a growing trend in American genre films of the s by eschewing traditional orchestral arrangements in favour of electronic sounds more akin to pop and rock than classical music. In the case of Ladyhawke the score was composed by English musician Andrew Powell. Powell had worked as a composer and arranger for the Alan Parsons Project, and subsequently produced the first two albums by Kate Bush.

Ladyhawke debuted in American cinemas on 12 April It shifted up to third position in its second weekend, but soon afterwards began to slip out of cinemas. While this gave the film a sense of history and authenticity with audiences, it was also patently untrue. Unfortunately the claim had a life of its own, and the idea that there is some folk story origin to Ladyhawke continues to be re-iterated online.

Today, decades after its initial release, Ladyhawke is a fondly remembered production from an era that produced numerous sorts of fantasy adventures and dramas. Its appealing cast, original story and beautiful Italian scenery continue to win it fans today. In the end it is the aesthetic and tone of Ladyhawke that makes it work. It takes a beautiful, folkloric concept and then tells it in a visually striking, utterly romantic fashion.

The weekend that it happened she came into the office and I knew she had gone to see her husband. I asked her how her weekend had gone. She said her marriage was off and tears came to her eyes. But all of a sudden I saw her as this wonderful, vulnerable woman.

I had fallen in love with my friend. Donner and Shuler were married in