229445 DISCH, Thomas M. King of the Kalahari. A Treatment [9-page Treatment for animated motion picture, eventually filmed as The Lion King, with a small group of related material: Autograph memorandum on Disch’s stationery: “Nov ’88, idea at lunch Oct 11 ’88”; with TLS from Charles Fink on Disney letterhead conveying three marked draft scripts entitled The King of the Jungle by a Disney staff writer, two contracts between Disney and Disch, and a TLS on Karpfinger Agency letterhead, conveying a cheque]. 4to, New York: 1988-1989. Original typescript and memo, fine. With photocopies of the three typescript drafts from Disney annotated by Jeffrey Katzenberg. Provenance: Thomas M. Disch. SOLD
The works of Thomas M. Disch (1940-2008) include science-fiction classics such as The Genocides, Camp Concentration, and 334, a controversial study of science fiction, The Dreams Our Stuff is Made of, numerous volumes of poetry and criticism, and a genuine children’s classic, The Brave Little Toaster.
Disch wrote and submitted this draft treatment for the story that became ‘The Lion King’ in late 1988. By late the following year, as the accompanying correspondence from his agent shows, Disch had been replaced as writer on the project and paid off; he was not among those credited on the film as produced.
“Because of his intellectual audacity, the chillingly distanced mannerism of his narrative art, the austerity of the pleasures he affords, and the fine cruelty of his wit, TMD has been perhaps the most respected, least trusted, most envied and least read of all modern first-rank sf writers” — Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993).
An unusual chapter from the career of a multi-talented American author.