Adaptations

In addition to publishing stories in magazines and books, Ray Bradbury wrote for film, radio, television, and the stage, and many of his works have been adapted by others. Bradbury wrote the original treatment for the movie It Came from Outer Space, which was Universal’s first foray into 3-D monster movies. He also wrote episodes for Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone. He adapted many of his early stories for The Ray Bradbury Theater, which ran on HBO and USA from 1985-1992, and in 1994 he won an Emmy Award for adapting his story collection The Halloween Tree. Bradbury wrote the screenplay for John Huston’s adaptation of Moby Dick, staring Gregory Peck. Huston and Bradbury had a tense working relationship, and Bradbury would later fictionalize the experience in his novel Green Shadows, White Whale. In 1965, François Truffaut adapted Fahrenheit 451 to film, and since then others have adapted Bradbury’s works, such as The Illustrated Man, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Martian Chronicles, for both film and television. Many of these adaptations prompted the production of promotional print ephemera, such as movie posters and press kits, many of which are part of the Anne Farr Hardin Collection.