Steven Spielberg Wants Baz Luhrmann to Helm Stanley Kubrick Script
Earlier this year, Steven Spielberg announced plans to produce Kubrick’s never-filmed Napoleon screenplay with a new director. Now, according to Deadline, it appears he wants Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge) to direct the miniseries set up at HBO.
Kubrick wrote the script in 1961, and was finally set to begin filming in 1969 when MGM pulled the plug. By that point, Kubrick had already made 2001 and would eventually go on to A Clockwork Orange, but reports say he intended to return to the project at some point. The copious notes and design plans that went into pre-production were published as a book called Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made.
Since Kubrick’s passing in 1999 the project slipped into limbo until Spielberg started the rejuvenation process. Luhrmann has not yet signed on.