Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence Union Rep Says Safety Was A Concern On 'The Revenant' Shoot Union Rep Says Safety Was A Concern On 'The Revenant' Shoot All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More 'Top Of The Lake' Season 2 Starts Shooting This Year, Elisabeth Moss Returns 'Top Of The Lake' Season 2 Starts Shooting This Year, Elisabeth Moss Returns Watch: Trailer For Bret Easton Ellis’ Penned Teen Horror ‘The Curse of Downers Grove’ With Bella Heathcote Watch: Trailer For Bret Easton Ellis’ Penned Teen Horror ‘The Curse of Downers Grove’ With Bella Heathcote Watch: Video Essay Counts Down The 10 Most Beautiful Movies Of All Time Watch: Video Essay Counts Down The 10 Most Beautiful Movies Of All Time Watch: Bond Is Back In New Trailer For 'Spectre' With Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, And More Watch: Bond Is Back In New Trailer For 'Spectre' With Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, And More Alejandro González Iñárritu Still Has To Shoot The Finale Of 'The Revenant' Alejandro González Iñárritu Still Has To Shoot The Finale Of 'The Revenant' The 20 Best Films Of 2015 So Far The 20 Best Films Of 2015 So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season Stephen King Says Wendy In Kubrick's 'The Shining' Is "One Of The Most Misogynistic Characters Ever Put On Film" Stephen King Says Wendy In Kubrick's 'The Shining' Is "One Of The Most Misogynistic Characters Ever Put On Film" All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie Martin Scorsese Names His 11 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time Martin Scorsese Names His 11 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time

Long-Developing Former Stanley Kubrick Projects Find Home At eOne, Will Head To TV

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist August 29, 2012 at 12:30PM

2
Stanley Kubrick

While "Napolean" and "The Aryan Papers" are perhaps the best known projects Stanley Kubrick developed but never got around to making, there were even more that crossed his desk that he never wound up pulling the trigger on. And among them were "Downslope" and "God Fearing Man." And for the past few years producer Steve Lanning and Philip HobbsPhilco Films have been trying to get them made, without much movement happening. Well, there's some fresh word today as the projects seem to have found life and direction, but on the small screen.

Deadline reveals Entertainment One is throwing their hat in the ring to produce a TV movie and a mini-series out of the projects. "Downslope," once conceived as a massive $100 million project, is a story set during the American Civil War and follows Col. John S. Mosby who seeks justice after Custer hangs his men. The anti-war film was written by Kubrick himself based on a short story by Civil War historian Shelby Foote, and it will now be a TV movie.

As for "God Fearing Man," it will get stretched to mini-series length and will tell the based on the true story tale of Herbert Emerson Wilson, a priest who became the biggest bank robber in America in the early 20th century. Brit screenwriter Stephen R. Clarke has adapted both screenplays, but there's no word yet on any directors, cast or when/if this will actually go in front of cameras. But there is one big movie missing from this update.

What happened to "Lunatic At Large"? Set in New York in 1956, it tells the story of Johnnie Sheppard, an ex-carnival worker with serious anger management issues, and Joyce, a nervous, attractive barfly he picks up. Kubrick commissioned the script from pulp author Jim Thompson ("The Grifters," "The Killer Inside Me") and intended it to be his next project after "Spartacus." That obviously didn't happen, but back in 2010, it was reported that it was headed toward the big screen with Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell attached to star and Chris Palmer to direct. But nothing has been heard since. Is this still cookoing?

Either way, we'd reckon for "Downslope" and "God Fearing Man" it will depend if eOne can drum up foreign sales, and we presume they'll be hawking these films at TIFF. And while being former Kubrick projects brings some cachet to these films, undoubtedly once they roll that fact will be an interesting footnote as they will take the shape and flavor of the helmers who ultimately come on board.

This article is related to: Stanley Kubrick, The Downslope, God Fearing Man, Television, TV News


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates