Alec Coppel and Samuel Taylor adapted Vertigo from Boileau-Narcejac’s Dentre les morts. Belle Epoque‘s François Truffaut suggested that Boileau-Narcejac had written Dentre les morts for Vertigo director Alfred Hitchcock, Boileau-Narcejac denied this. Hitchcock’s interest in Dentre les morts prompted Paramount Pictures Corporation to commission a synopsis in 1954. Hitchcock initially hired Meet Joe Black‘s Maxwell Anderson, but rejected Anderson’s first draft, titled Darkling, I Listen. Coppel’s second draft also dissatisfied Hitchcock, who then approached Taylor.
Hitchcock’s notes from Coppel’s second draft, and Taylor’s knowledge of San Francisco, lead to the third draft, which now featured Midge – an original character of Taylor. The Screen Writers Guild determined that Coppel had contributed enough material present in Taylor’s third draft for both to be credited. Vertigo is now available to read from Daily Script.