Steven Spielberg has announced he is working with Stanley Kubrick‘s estate on developing the late filmmaker’s project, Napoleon, based on the life of the French Revolutionary leader. Originally written as a screenplay by Kubrick back in 1961, Napoleon fell by the wayside when studios balked at the expense of the project, and Kubrick went on to make Barry Lyndon, which takes place 15 years before the Napoleonic Wars. Now, Spielberg is taking on the project, but to develop it into a television mini-series, rather than a motion picture.
It’s not the first time Spielberg has picked up a Kubrick project and run with it: the director’s 2001 film A.I.: Artificial Intelligence originated with Kubrick, and was taken on by Spielberg to honor his friend following Kubrick’s death in 1999.
Napoleon is also not Spielberg’s only mini-series project on the go; we reported in January that Spielberg and Tom Hanks will be producing a third World War II mini-series for HBO. It was also announced in January that Spielberg would be producing a fourth Jurassic Park movie for a 2014 release. Spielberg’s next directorial effort remains uncertain, however, after his Robopocalypse became indefinitely delayed.
Spielberg was most recently nominated for Best Picture and Best Director Oscars for Lincoln at this year’s Academy Awards. At the end of February, Spielberg was named head of the jury for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which will run from May 15 through May 26.
“What’s left to say?”
This simple question looms over every conversation we ever have. We fret over making sure our audience has all the necessary information and context(s) from which to reach the conclusions we’re hoping they find. As listener or reader, we search for the cues that tell us that it’s okay to begin processing and reacting. At some point, on either side of the discourse, we wonder whether it’s run its course and we’re now free to move on to other things. Read the rest of this entry »
Doesn’t matter if you’re shipping up to Boston or dropping by the Overlook Hotel for a cozy winter getaway, the films in this week’s Reel Rumbles are sure to leave you blown away. For director Martin Scorsese, it was the film that finally earned him the respect of his peers. Uniting a stellar cast of hot new stars and old favorites, the auteur breathed his own style into the modern Asian classic Infernal Affairs (2002) with a tale of isolation and deception that struck chords with critics and delivered a shocking and graphic finale for audiences. But it has some stiff competition in the form of an unforgettable horror masterpiece from one of cinema’s most influential directors, Stanley Kubrick. Sharing one star and a common theme on the dangers of isolation, Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel emblazoned horrifying imagery into popular culture and stands as perhaps his lead’s finest hour. Believe your eyes. Watch your back. And beware of Jack Nicholson. It’s time for The Departed vs. The Shining.