Having successfully brought Abraham Lincoln to the screen, Steven Spielberg has already set his sights on another titan of history: Napoleon.
In an interview with Canal + Television in France, Spielberg, who was recently named jury head at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, revealed that he’s planning to turn a decades-old screenplay about the French leader written by the late great Stanley Kubrick into a miniseries.
“I've been developing Stanley Kubrick's screenplay — for a miniseries not for a motion picture — about the life of Napoleon,” Spielberg said. “Kubrick wrote the script in 1961, a long time ago, and the Kubrick family — 'cause we made ‘AI’ together, the Kubrick family and I, and the next project we're working on together is a miniseries, is going to be Napoleon.”
The Oscar-winning “Schindler’s List” director didn’t provide much more in the way of details, but as cinephiles know, the miniseries already has a long, tortuous and well-documented history. In the 1960s, the famously meticulous Kubrick got the idea to make a film about the life of Napoleon. Despite a period of obsessive research, a draft screenplay and even a manuscript by “A Clockwork Orange” author Anthony Burgess, Kubrick died before the biopic came to fruition.