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Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon is to become a HBO show


Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon is one of the great films that was never made. He had put lots of work and research into the film, but he never got a chance to make it.

However, during a talk given at the Stanley Kubrick: A Retrospective Conference, organised by DMU in association with Bangor University, Jan Harlan, Kubrick’s brother-in-law and producer The Shining (1980), Full Metal Jacket (1987) and Eyes Wide Shut (1999), announced that Napoleon will finally be made.

The plan is for it to become a 6 part miniseries on HBO. Even better, it will be directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Beasts of No Nation, Jane Eyre) with a script by David Leland.

Harlan said:

Without exaggerating I can say that Kubrick had probably the largest picture archive ever amassed anywhere about the topic of Napoleon.

Every painting and drawing found in libraries and museums in all European cities, (including Eastern Europe) was photographed and the 35mm slides were mounted in IBM punch-cards for sorting on IBM sorting machines, the state of the art in 1969.

No attention was given to the artistic value of the painting or drawing, the focus was strictly on information.

Stanley’s main focus was the relevance of Napoleon for us today: absolute power combined with vanity can so easily push good judgement and intelligence aside.

This is excellent news, but the big question is who will be playing Napoleon?

Thanks to Chris Thundow for sending over the link.


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