Serbian producer Milos Antic moves ahead with Sam Peckinpah’s 'Castaway'

Screen | 8/15/2018 | Jeremy Kay
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Serbian producer Milos Antic is moving ahead on a long-cherished dream to bring Sam Peckinpah’s unproduced screenplay Castaway to the big screen.

Antic has secured rights from the Peckinpah Estate and will produce the existential parable alongside Los Angeles-based producers Katy Haber, with whom he worked on the late Peckinpah’s Cross Of Iron may years ago, and Benni Korzen.

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Antic and Haber worked with Peckinpah on his only war film (pictured), in 1976 in Portoroz, Slovenia, in the former-Yugoslavia. During the shoot Peckinpah told Antic of his wish to direct Castaway, whereupon Antic expressed immediate interest in financing the project if they could film in Yugoslavia.

Peckinpah had originally bought the film rights to Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Gould Cozzens’ classic enigmatic 1934 novella Castaway in the late 1960’s.

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The story centres on Mr Lecky, an everyman who survives an unnamed catastrophe by hiding in a department store that remains intact. Surrounded by everything he could possibly need, Lecky is haunted by his own paranoia and demons. It is believed that Peckinpah saw the modern day take on Robinson Crusoe as a metaphor of his own life.

In the late 1960’s Peckinpah wrote the first of many drafts of the screenplay along with longtime collaborator and writing partner James R. Silke. He almost got the film off the...
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