Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Europe's Plan for Putin - Will Russian Leader Bend After New Sanctions?

Read more

FOCUS

Pakistan's Ahmadis living in fear of extremist attacks

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users show solidarity with Iraqi Christians

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Gilles Kepel, Islamic and Arab world specialist

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Argentina braced for another debt default

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'What would you do?'

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola virus: Liberia shuts most border points

Read more

  • Graphic: Ebola spreads across West Africa

    Read more

  • In pictures: ن - a sign of support for Iraq’s persecuted Christians

    Read more

  • Scores killed as Israel ramps up Gaza bombardment

    Read more

  • US and EU broaden Russia sanctions over Ukraine

    Read more

  • Calls mount to ban France’s ‘violent’ Jewish Defence League

    Read more

  • Venezuela: Hugo Chavez’s ‘little bird’ strikes again

    Read more

  • France extradites suspected Jewish Museum shooter to Belgium

    Read more

  • Video: How tourism is helping Rwanda’s gorillas, ex-poachers

    Read more

  • Rare Sri Lankan leopard cubs born in French zoo

    Read more

  • France evacuates its nationals from Libya

    Read more

  • US says Russia violated arms treaty by testing cruise missile

    Read more

  • Argentina in last-ditch effort to avert default

    Read more

  • Karzai’s cousin killed in Afghan suicide attack

    Read more

  • Libya oil tanker fire blazes out of control

    Read more

  • In pictures: From Gaza to Mosul, bittersweet end of Ramadan for Muslims

    Read more

  • Moroccan police arrest French al Qaeda recruiter

    Read more

Culture

Spielberg to revive Kubrick’s Napoleon project

Text by Jon FROSCH

Latest update : 2013-03-05

US filmmaker Steven Spielberg has announced he will turn late director Stanley Kubrick’s long-abandoned screenplay about Napoleon into a TV mini-series – a posthumous partnership bound to excite cinephiles around the world.

As if the news of Steven Spielberg heading the 2013 Cannes jury was not enough to set cinephile pulses racing, the beloved US filmmaker has also announced plans to turn Stanley Kubrick’s never-filmed screenplay about Napoleon into a TV mini-series.

“I’ve been developing a Stanley Kubrick screenplay for a miniseries, not for a motion picture, about the life of Napoleon,” Spielberg said during an interview with French TV channel Canal Plus over the weekend, adding that he has been in contact with the late director’s family.

Kubrick, the famously reclusive director who died shortly before his final film, the dark psychosexual odyssey “Eyes Wide Shut”, was released in 1999, reportedly dropped the project about the French emperor when he failed to secure studio funding in the early 1970s.

But in an oft-quoted letter to Hollywood executives in 1971, Kubrick wrote that he expected the film to be “the best movie ever made”.

The notorious perfectionist had already done extensive historical research, and offered the main roles of Napoleon and his wife Josephine to Oskar Werner (the lovelorn Jules in François Truffaut’s “Jules and Jim”) and Audrey Hepburn (who turned down the part).

Kubrick was a cerebral filmmaker known for exploring diverse settings -- 1950s American suburbia in “Lolita”, outer space in “2001: A Space Odyssey”, a dystopian London in “A Clockwork Orange”, 18th century Britain in “Barry Lyndon”, a military training camp in “Full Metal Jacket” -- through meticulously composed and choreographed images that often shivered with dread or menace.

Spielberg, a visually ambitious director with more crowd-pleasing instincts, is best known for sentimental classics and adventure films like “E.T.” and the “Indiana Jones” series. But he has also ventured into darker territory, most memorably in the Holocaust drama “Schindler’s List” and the Mossad thriller “Munich”, and many of his movies, including “Minority Report” and his “War of the Worlds” remake, feature chilly, horror-tinged moments and disturbing themes of abandonment and death.

What the two filmmakers have in common, above all, is their focus on formal rigor and cinematic technique, the often epic scale of the stories they tell, and their shared interest in genres of science fiction and historical drama (Spielberg recently made the sombre political procedural “Lincoln”).

This is not the first time Spielberg will take over a project Kubrick was unable to finish; he directed “AI”, a science fiction drama that Kubrick had been developing for years, in 2001 (two years after Kubrick died).

It is also not Spielberg’s first foray into TV miniseries. He produced a 10-part World War II drama, “Band of Brothers”, which aired in 2001 to great acclaim.
 

Date created : 2013-03-05

  • France

    Steven Spielberg to head Cannes Film Festival jury

    Read more

  • CINEMA

    ‘Argo’ wins for best picture at 85th Academy Awards

    Read more

  • CINEMA

    Oscar hopefuls take fresh look at Mideast conflict

    Read more

COMMENT(S)