Film & Video

Mr. Murder (TV)

TV Broadcast

Release Date: Shown on ABC television Network in two parts, 04/26/99 and 04/29/99

VHS

Release Date: 1999
Publisher: Trimark Home Video
ISBN-10: 1-57362-675-9
SBN: VM 7168
132 minutes

First DVD edition

Release Date: 1999
Publisher: Trimark Home Video
ISBN-10: 1-57362-678-3
SBN: VM# 7171D
178 Minutes
Contains scenes not broadcast or on the VHS version.

Second DVD edition

Release Date: 2002
Publisher: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
ISBN-10: 1-588-17-646-0
SBN: VM8143D
178 Minutes
Dual disc release with Servants of Twilight

Notes

Director: Dick Lowry
Writers: Dean Koontz (novel), Stephen Tolkin (teleplay)
Stars: Stephen Baldwin, Julie Warner, Bill Smitrovich, James Coburn
Production Companies: Elephant Walk Entertainment, Endemol Entertainment, Patchett Kaufman Entertainment, Pro 7
Runtime: 193 min (2 parts)

Here’s an interesting excerpt from Tales from the Script: 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories edited by Peter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman, chapter 3: The Marketplace of Ideas, p77

“MICHAEL WOLK: I had many experiences in Hollywood of not pitching original ideas, but of going into meetings with producers who had a property already and were looking for a way to ignite it. It was either something that had lain dormant for a while, or it was a new property, or a sequel they were trying to create, and they were pumping writers for ideas.

“I had a marvelous interaction with Dean Koontz, who is somewhat more popular than, let’s say, me. He had written a book called Mr. Murder, and it was being developed as a script for Bruce Willis. I really liked the book, and I had some great ideas how to make it better for the screen.

“I got down to the finals, and I was talking to Mr. Koontz himself over the phone. I was able to impart my story-making magic to Mr. Koontz, who listened. But in the end I was nixed for the job because, basically, Dean Koontz thought he’d written a pretty good story, and he didn’t think I’d written a better one.”

Articles & Reviews

  • TV, “Koontz’s knife is dull in the ‘Murder’”, April 25-May 1, 1998 p4, Dusty Saunders
    TV Listings insert from major newspapers featured a photo of Stephen Baldwin from Mr. Murder with the caption “A  less than perfect murder.”
  • People, “Dean Koontz’s Mr. Murder”, April 26 1999, p27
  • Variety, “Dean Koontz’s ‘Mr. Murder’”, April 26, 1999, Ray Richmond
  • Fangoria, Postal Zone column, letter from “jsteadman”, Includes a photo from Mr. Murder, #184, July 1999, p7

Related items:

TV April 25 May 1, 1998
People April 26, 1999
Fangoria #184 July 1999

Last updated on April 26th, 2018