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Every Stanley Kubrick fan would love to know what the iconic late director’s Napoleon would have been had he gotten the chance to make it. The project was one that he tried to make several times throughout his career, writing a script as early as 1961. Now, fans might get to see that thanks to Steven Spielberg.
“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,” Spielberg told France’s Canal +, reports IndieWire.
Spielberg, who has countless other projects in the works right now, didn’t say anything else about it, but it sure was enough to whet the appetites of cinema fans.
Kubrick’s Napoleon is one of the most famous unfinished film projects in history. Taschen even produced a lavish book that collects Kubrick’s tireless research for the project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kubrick wrote his first script on Napoleon back in 1961 and you can check out a 1969 version here. He had hoped to make it in the 1970s with MGM and United Artists, but budgetary concerns always keep it from being realized. In 1975, Kubrick got as close to Napoleon’s era as his finished films would with Barry Lyndon.
Spielberg and Kubrick have a long history together. Kubrick had wanted Spielberg to direct A.I.: Artificial Intelligence for decades, but Spielberg only took the project after Kubrick’s death in 1999. The finished film was released in 2001.
Spielberg just finished Lincoln, but isn’t slowing down. He’s still got Robopocalypse, a fourth Jurassic Park and another miniseries set during World War II with Tom Hanks.