Steven Spielberg recently announced that he is working with Stanley Kubrick’s estate in order to make his long beloved but never shot screenplay for Napoleon into a TV mini-series. Its going to be a pretty busy 2013 for Spielberg who is fresh off of watching Daniel Day Lewis win best actor in the Spielberg produced Lincoln.
One of the most respected directors and producers in Hollywood, it was recently revealed that Spielberg would be going back behind the camera for Jurassic Park 4. He was also recently named to be a Cannes film festival jury member.
Indiewire reports that the announcement wasn’t made with a lot of fanfare but that Spielberg did tell the French television network Canal+ that:
“I’ve been developing Stanley Kubrick’s screenplay — for a miniseries not for a motion picture — about the life of Napoleon. Kubrick wrote the script in 1961, a long time ago,”
Deadline reports that Kubrick left quite a bit of archival information as well as the script about the life of Napoleon when he passed on. Studios have been balking at what they believe it would cost to make it a major motion picture.
With Steven Spielberg making Kubrick’s Napoleon into a television mini-series the cost won’t be as prohibitive. This is not the first time that Spielberg has taken on a burgeoning Stanley Kubrick project and made it his own.
The 2001 movie A.I. was a project that Kubrick had actually being work on before he died. Despite having been in the business for quite a while now, Spielberg is not slowing down. While being attached to Robopocalypse, he has since delayed the production of that movie. Reports are that the script is a bit of a mess.
He is also working with Tom Hanks on another Band of Brothers type series or mini-series for HBO.
Will Steven Spielberg make Kubrick’s Napoleon into must watch television?