Legion Writer Reveals the Demonic Roots of His Angelic Apocalypse
09.21.09 by reelz
The script for the angels-versus-humans action flick Legion has gone through a lot of incarnations. Scriptwriter Peter Schink laid out the whole twisted evolution in a interview with Shock Till You Drop. It all started, he explains, back in the '90s when he got stuck with a madwoman at a Carl's Jr. in the desert:
I was out in the town of Mojave and in an unlikely event I got snowed in during a freak snow storm there. Mojave being a small town, all of the motels immediately got sold out. I was stuck spending the entire night in a Carl's Jr. restaurant. I was locked in with a lot of strange people and there was this old woman in there who was off her rocker. She was babbling through the whole night and when the sun came up and the snow cleared, I was happy to get out of there.
That experience gave birth to the idea for the character of Gladys (Jeanette Miller), the creepy attack grandma featured in the trailer. Add in a little of the apocalypse fever surrounding Y2K, and he had the beginnings of a script. At that point the plan was to go with demons not angels.
The original draft involved hell spilling over onto Earth and the diner was surrounded by demon characters. I was inspired by the imagery of demons and medieval art. The art of Gustave Dore, the work he did in Paradise Lost.
Eventually, the idea of angels won out. Not that that they turn out to be any less hell-bent on the destruction of humanity, though.