Steven Spielberg making 'Napoleon' from an unfilmed script by Stanley Kubrick
Oscar winning director Steven Spielberg has announced that not only is he moving to television to make a miniseries, but also that he's working from an unfilmed script by master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.
'Spartacus' auteur Kubrick wrote the screenplay in 1961 but struggled to get it off the ground despite getting into pre-production and costume tests. When Sergey Bondarchuk's own epic Napoleon film 'Waterloo' was released in 1970, Kubrick shelved his version and made an adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's 'Barry Lyndon' instead, but he did praise his own script for 'Napoleon' in 1971 as his best: "It’s impossible to tell you what I’m going to do except to say that I expect to make the best movie ever made."
And now, decades later, Spielberg is taking over the production just as he did with 2001's 'A.I.: Artificial Intelligence' when Kubrick died in 1999. 'A.I' was a project that Kubrick began in the 1970s but scrapped due to the amount of advanced special effects needed.
Spielberg told French TV network Canal+ "I've been developing a Stanley Kubrick screenplay for a miniseries - not for a motion picture - about the life of Napoleon"
In other news, 'Lincoln' director Spielberg has been confirmed as the head of this year's Cannes Film Festival jury. The director stated: "My admiration for the steadfast mission of the Festival to champion the international language of movies is second to none. The most prestigious of its kind, the festival has always established the motion picture as a cross cultural and generational medium."
The filmmaker accepted two years ago but his work on his own films stopped him from actually appearing until now. He'll be taking over the reins from the Italian 'The Son's Room' director Nanni Moretti.
The 66th Cannes Film Festival will take place from May 15-26 of this year.
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