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I apologize for all the repetition of late, but I wanted this "Originial Development File" Archive to be as complete as possible.
Last pitch you saw was the tenth version, designed specifically for Tod McFarlane. Don't know what happened to version 11. But here's version twelve, marked FINAL. Not many changes that I notice. But worth a skim... (And this is the version I show on tape at the Gathering.)
GARGOYLES Pitch Twelfth & Final Pass (Weisman / 4-8-93)
1. Trio of typical stone GARGOYLES.
"These are GARGOYLES. Ugly, stone statues that squat on the roofs of old buildings. But there was a time, one thousand years ago, when gargoyles were real, living creatures. During the day, they slept...frozen in stone."
2. GOLIATH, the GARGOYLE-MASTER leading attack.
"But when the sun went down, GOLIATH, the GARGOYLE-MASTER would lead his gargoyle-warriors in defense of the king's castle."
3. Goliath reading in library, sitting on small gargoyles.
"And if there was no battle to be fought, he'd retreat to the library to read and learn, all the while making sure that the other gargoyles stayed out of trouble."
4. HUMANS scorning Goliath.
"For all these efforts, Goliath received no reward, no thanks or even kindness. In fact, the people of the castle treated all gargoyles with nothing but contempt."
5. Goliath, alone in the throneroom.
"Still Goliath could no more stop guarding the castle than breathing the air. It's part of a gargoyle's nature to be territorial, protective. And so for years, he maintained his lonely vigil. Then one night, Goliath was betrayed and lured away from his post."
6. SORCERER curses Goliath and the other gargoyles.
"The castle was overrun and sacked. Goliath and the surviving gargoyles were unfairly blamed. The kingdom's SORCERER laid a curse upon them, and they fell into a stone sleep--that lasted a thousand years."
7. Castle on the skyscraper.
"New York City, 1994. A rich and powerful man has decided there's a better place for a medieval castle than a picturesque hill in Scotland. He's moved the whole deal--lock, stock and gargoyle--to the top of the tallest skyscraper in Manhattan."
8. Police Detective ELISA CHAVEZ.
"All of which means absolutely nothing to New York City Police Detective, ELISA CHAVEZ. She doesn't care about castles, and she doesn't believe in curses. She's hot on the trail of a major badguy."
9. Goliath observes her ambushed on rooftop by THUGS.
"A trail that leads her right into an ambush. Fortunately, a shadowy figure sees what's happening and decides to help."
10. Reveal THE GARGOYLE, as he dives into fray.
"That shadowy figure is THE GARGOYLE."
11. Goliath battles three thugs.
"Now when you're as strong as Goliath, benchpressing two badguys is easy. And that stone-like hide of his makes him practically invulnerable..."
12. Goliath & Elisa, in moonlight.
"...To everything but Elisa's kindness. She is the first human being who's ever offered him understanding and friendship, hope..."
13. From the skyscraper, Elisa shows Manhattan to Goliath.
"...And a sense of purpose. She introduces him to his new home, Manhattan, and asks for his help in protecting it against modern-day barbarians."
"Fortunately, our hero doesn't have to face those barbarians alone. This is Goliath's old friend HUDSON, a veteran Gargoyle-Warrior. Hudson helps out by keeping an eye on the young Warriors-in-Training..."
15. BROOKLYN, LEXINGTON and BROADWAY.
"...BROOKLYN, LEXINGTON and BROADWAY. (Uh, they picked their own names.)"
16. BRONX, the DOG. (Multiple poses.)
"And then there's BRONX, the angst-ridden Gargoyle-dog. He's not a big fan of adventure."
17. Bronx (two poses) chewing on a fire hydrant and flying.
"He just likes to eat a lot, sleep a lot and make a general mess."
18. Goliath and Elisa on the subway.
"Now, Goliath has wider interests...but it can be hard for a seven-foot medieval monster to squeeze into the modern world."
"Especially with XAVIER around. Rich, powerful and arrogant, Xavier bought the gargoyles' castle. Now he thinks he owns the gargoyles as well."
20. Robot attacks Goliath.
"If something rotten is happening in New York...odds are Xavier's behind it."
21. Goliath battles DEMONA.
"But Goliath's greatest foe is the evil gargoyle DEMONA. Once she and Goliath were friends. But a thousand years ago, it was her betrayal that cost him the castle. Now she's his sworn enemy, and she won't rest until she owns the night..."
22. Stone version of Goliath in daylight.
"And the night is all that matters, because the gargoyles still sleep as stone statues during the day, finding an outdoor ledge just before sunrise and striking a pose that could give you nightmares."
23. Goliath with Elisa and the other Gargoyles.
"But when the sun goes down, they're our only protection against the city's dark terrors."
24. 'GARGOYLES' Logo.
"They are...the GARGOYLES."
25. KID at Disneyland.
"Joining the Disney Family in 1994."