‘TRUE DETECTIVE’ Director in Talks to Helm Stanley Kubrick’s Unfinished ‘NAPOLEON’ Project

TRUE DETECTIVE season one director Cary Fukunaga is in talks to direct a mini-series entitled NAPOLEON, THR reports. 

As cool as that bit of news is in and of itself (Fukunaga was the director responsible for the amazing first season TRUE DETECTIVE), the real news, of course, is the origin of the project. 

Stanley Kubrick has been hailed as one of the greatest film directors of all time, and in addition to being great, he was also quite prolific. Kubrick developed so many projects that it was inevitable that some would be left unproduced upon his untimely death. One of these projects is NAPOLEON, which is described as his “greatest film never made.”

Here’s what THR had to say about the project:

“Kubrick spent years in the 1960s researching the film he intended to shoot in France, Britain and Romania, using 30,000 members of the then-communist country’s army for vast battle scenes.

Plans for the project were shelved — after Kubrick had written a script and created a meticulous database of more than 17,000 images of Napoleonic-era paintings and artifacts — partially because the release of Soviet director Sergei Bondarchuk’s films War and Peace and later Waterloo made it a tougher commercial proposition.”

HBO has now been given access to that well of information from Kubrick’s family, and have put Fukunaga at the head of the project’s development with David Leland writing the script.

Fukunaga had the following to say:

“I am sure HBO will take full advantage of the material we have. We have provided [them] with stacks of material,” he said. “I am delighted that Stanley’s huge efforts may finally lead to a film.”

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