A long lost Stanley Kubrick project could become an HBO miniseries with Steven Spielberg producing and True Detective director Cary Fukunaga at the helm.
The project is the story of Napoleon Bonaparte’s attempt to conquer Europe during the 19th century. The meticulous Kubrick spent years during the 1960s researching, writing, and planning a film based on the French Emperor’s life, yet the project was ultimately abandoned.
Spielberg previously used Kubrick’s research to create the 2001 film A.I., which Kubrick had developed for years until handing off to Spielberg shortly before his 1999 death.
As first reported by THR, now HBO is developing the Napoleon project with Spielberg, Darryl Frank, and Justin Falvey as executive producers. David Leland (The Borgias) will write and co-executive produce. HBO says the project “will be informed by the Kubrick estate and Kubrick’s extensive Napoleon archive which he personally curated.” The length of the miniseries has not yet been determined.
Fukunaga is currently in talks to direct. He won an Emmy two years ago for directing after he helmed every episode of HBO’s acclaimed first season of True Detective (he did not direct any episodes in the second season). His last feature film was 2015’s Beasts of No Nation, which debuted on Netflix.