At long last it appears that Stanley Kubrick‘s never realized ambitious script – as Kubrick scripts often were – for Napoleon is finally going to get made. In a recent interview with the French website Canal+ Steven Spielberg is quoted as saying, “I’ve been developing Stanley Kubrick’s screenplay — for a miniseries not for a motion picture — about the life of Napoleon“
As for Spielberg’s actual role in the movie, that is yet to be decided. Chances are he won’t direct, but if he were, it wouldn’t be his first time working with Kubrick’s material. Remember, he took over the 12 years of Kubrick’s preproduction work for A.I.: Artificial Intelligence after Kubrick passed in 1999. Though met with polarizing reactions, personally, I quite like that film, and that’s coming from someone who is not the biggest Spielberg fan to begin with, especially as of late.
I guess the only questions I want answers for are: Who is going to direct the series; Can Patton Oswalt really handle the rigorous demands to portray the eponymous lead (I’m starting that rumor); and most importantly, will the end result be worthy to stand next to Kubrick’s other classic screenplays?