One of the sad facts pertaining to any artist’s passing (aside from the tragic passing itself) is the knowledge that no more works of art or brilliance will ever come from their singular minds. Such is the case with Stanley Kubrick, who, in the 1970s wrote an unfilmed script for a film about Napoleon, which he asserted would be “the best movie ever made.” The film never happened due to budgetary constraints, and his death in 1999 ensured that he would never take up the project again. So, enter Steven Spielberg.
Just as Spielberg directed Kubrick’s incomplete project A.I.: Artificial Intelligence in 2001, he is now looking to film Kubrick’s Napoleon screenplay, which would have originally starred Oskar Werner and Audrey Hepburn in the 1970s. Spielberg has announced his intentions via an interview with Canal Plus:
”I’ve been developing a Stanley Kubrick screenplay for a miniseries – not for a motion picture – about the life of Napoleon…Kubrick wrote the script in 1961, long time ago. And the Kubrick family, because we made ‘A.I.’ together, the Kubrick family and I, the next project we are working on, the miniseries is going to be Napoleon.”
Previously, Spielberg has produced the 11-hour World War II HBO miniseries, Band of Brothers.
No word yet on which network will air the miniseries, or who will star.
What do you think of the news—should Spielberg flesh out another unfinished Kubrick property?