It seems that there is an old Stanley Kubrick script lying around that Steven Spielberg has his hands on all about the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Now the buzz is that Baz Lurmann, the man behind such movies as Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby, is being courted to direct the epic story of the diminutive ruler with a big ego.
The screenplay started as a movie written by the late & great Mr. Kubrick of such works, of course, as 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining. That project never materialized and eventually the un-produced screenplay ended in the lap of Steven Spielberg. He announced from the Cannes Film Festival this year that he had plans to finally get it to screen. It’s been called “the greatest movie never made” in the past.
The big news for us isn’t so much that Luhrmann is a strong contender to direct but that the miniseries to be developed will be for HBO! Imagine another epic period miniseries on the channel. We have the world of BAND OF BROTHERS which is great and we all love ROME. Now all the historical accuracy of the Napoleonic age may come to life on HBO’s air. Note that this production will take quite some time to materialize and we will have to watch its slow creation. We will take you every step of the way starting with updating this post when Baz Lurhmann is locked in as director.