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You just never know.
You just go along figuring
some things don't change, ever.
Like being able to drive
on a public highway...
trying to murder you.
And it's like, there you are,
right back in thejungle again.
that's been endangering my life.
looking through scripts...
continuing to write, trying to get
trying to get hired.
My assistant, Nona Tyson,
She said, "I read an article, a short
I said, "Why are you reading
Playboy, Nona? Are you kidding?"
She said, "No. I love the fiction. "
She said, "I want you to read this.
I read the short story,
and I said, "Wow. This is terrifying.
This is like a Hitchcock movie. "
It's like Psycho or The Birds,
only it's on wheels.
through the desert.
She said, "I also found out that Richard
Matheson is writing a screenplay.
produced by George Eckstein. "
She gave me this info. I called
Eckstein, who didn't know me from Adam.
Knew of me, because they used
to call me "Sheinberg's Folly"...
'cause I was the young kid
he had hired.
signed to a term contract at Universal.
That's the reputation I had then.
"I've read the short story, but not the
script. Let's talk about this. "
He invited me over to his office
so he could see an example
of my most recent work.
with him after this conversation.
He saw the cut.
He called me back to his office.
you'd like to make this into a movie. "
He gave me the script of Duel.
I read the script. I came back,
Gave him all my ideas,
and he said, "I'll get back to you. "
A day went by, two days went by.
I didn't hear a thing.
The third day, I got a call from George.
He said, "I'd like you to direct this. "
and got me out of college...
to, you know, be a director.
and said, "I'd like you to direct Duel. "
That's how it all began.
I was intimately familiar
with the work of Richard Matheson...
because I was a complete obsessive-
compulsive Twilight Zone follower.
So I knew of his work
on the Twilight Zone.
Some of the really
great episodes of that.
You are getting smaller.
Certainly I'm a fan of The Incredible
Shrinking Man, which he authored.
I actually, in one week, got to meet him
It was kind of
a banner week for me.
My attraction to it wasn't
because it was a horror movie.
I didn't really see anything
about it as a western.
I thought it was just
a complete exercise...
in a cat-and-mouse game
of classic suspense.
it's Richard Matheson...
that was very clear in his teleplay
that you didn't see the driver.
You might see a hand out the window
telling him to go into oncoming traffic.
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