Director Steven Spielberg is riding on the success of his most recent Oscar-winning flick Lincoln, so of course he’s back to work on his next big thing. We know Spielberg can make a good biopic, and a great war film (and well, whatever he wants), so I’m thinking this next project sounds right up his alley. Spielberg’s adapting a script about Emporer Napoleon Bonaparte (written by the late, great Stanley Kubrick) into a television miniseries. Click inside to learn more!
Complex has the story:
Director Stanley Kubrick died in 1999, but he left behind an unfinished screenplay about the life of Napoleon Bonaparte. He started work on it in 1968, shortly after he finished 2001: A Space Odyssey. Kubrick said it would be “the best movie ever made” and wrote to Audrey Hepburn to get her to come out of retirement to play Napoleon’s wife Josephine.
He wrote a draft in 1969 (read it here) before bringing on Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange) to write a novel upon which he could base the film. Kubrick rejected the first half of Burgess’ book in 1972, but Burgess finished the book anyway. The project was dropped by the late 70s, but not before Kubrick amassed a huge amount of research.
Steven Spielberg told a French TV station that he’ll be adapting the script for a television miniseries. They worked together before Kubrick’s death on AI: Articificial Intelligence, which Spielberg directed, but Kubrick had developed in the 70s—so perhaps he can do it again.
I’m definitely down for this one. And I cannot wait to hear some casting news.
I know we have some readers who lurve a good historical biopic– this could definitely be a big deal!0