Kubrick fans, prepare yourselves. An unrealised Stanley Kubrick project is set to be revived as a feature film.
Titled Lunatic at Large, the script was found in Kubrick’s personal library in 1999, following the iconic filmmaker’s death.
Producers Bruce Hendricks and Galen Walker (Pirates of the Caribbean and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, respectively) have optioned the rights to the story.
“The opportunity to bring a Stanley Kubrick project to the screen after so many years is a dream come true,” Walker said in a statement. “We look forward to making a film in keeping with his unique style and vision.”
Stanley Kubrick was an enormous influence on so many directors, and we are honoured that the Kubrick Estate has entrusted us with one of his original ideas,” Hendricks added.
Hendricks and partner Alan Ett will co-produce through their company Emerald Bay Entertainment, while Walker and partner Ivett Havasi will co-produce through their company FineLine Media.
Plot details are still being kept under wraps, “but the producers have described it as a film-noir thriller, with production slated to begin in Fall 2021,” as reported by Variety.
The film noir written by Stanley Kubrick will begin shooting this year.
‘Lunatic at Large’, a thriller in the vein of Jim Thompson, is brought back to life thanks to new producers. pic.twitter.com/RvMKqaCmOH
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Kubrick’s filmography has found a footing in popular culture, with his films 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr Strangelove: Or How I Learnt To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb, and A Clockwork Orange having gathered an insane amount of accolades throughout his life.
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
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A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Director: Stanley Kubrick pic.twitter.com/rlm5iPN5QV
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However, his unrealised work has been the subject of modern intrigue for quite a while, due to the discovery of several archival projects that never came to fruition – beyond Lunatic at Large, these include an unfinished A Clockwork Orange sequel and three script ideas that explored notions of fidelity, love and marriage (aptly entitled Married Man, The Perfect Marriage, and Jealousy.)
Now that we memed Leo into winning an Oscar maybe we can meme Stanley Kubrick back to life so he can win the 80 Best Directors he deserved
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