6 items from 2016
★★★★★ During David Leland's introduction to Alan Clarke's Road, originally aired as part a retrospective of the director's work in 1991 he argues that Clarke's distinct form of social realism is "a fine example of the uniqueness of British television…part of a vanishing species under threat from government policy of abandoning public service broadcasting to market forces". 25 years later, in what an increasing number of cultural commentators keep insisting is a 'golden age' of television, you'd be hard pressed to find a director as dedicated to providing a platform for marginalised voices. Television remains an integral part of society's cultural consumption, yet working-class characters are noticeably absent from the discourse.
- CineVue UK
A few days ago, we reported on a rumor that True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga might be directing Stanley Kubrick’s dream project Napoleon for HBO. Now we have official confirmation that Fukunaga is definitely in talks for the show, with Steven Spielberg producing.
Napoleon was a dream production for Stanley Kubrick, who spent years working on and researching it, only to never have it realized. Steven Spielberg has been lending a hand to the project as a producer, but there were never any rumors that he might step in to direct. Baz Luhrmann was attached to the production for awhile, but has since exited. Now, it appears that Fukunaga is likely to take his place.
Fukunaga is perfectly suited for a production of Napoleon – he’s proven his mettle with the first season of True Detective for HBO, and so it’s not surprising that he would want to »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
True Detective season one director Cary Fukunaga is in talks to direct a mini-series entitled Napoleon, THR reports.
As cool as that bit of news is in and of itself (Fukunaga was the director responsible for the amazing first season True Detective), the real news, of course, is the origin of the project.
Stanley Kubrick has been hailed as one of the greatest film directors of all time, and in addition to being great, he was also quite prolific. Kubrick developed so many projects that it was inevitable that some would be left unproduced upon his untimely death. One of these projects is Napoleon, which is described as his "greatest film never made."
Here's what THR had to say about the project:
"Kubrick spent years in the 1960s researching the film he intended to shoot in France, Britain and Romania, using 30,000 members of the then-communist country's army for vast battle scenes. »
- Joseph Medina
Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: The Hollywood Reporter confirms the rumors that filmmaker Cary Fukunaga is in talks to direct Stanley Kubrick’s abandoned passion project Napoleon, with David Leland writing the miniseries for HBO. Jack Giroux’s original story from May 18th 2016 follows. “It’s impossible to tell you what I’m going to do except to say that I expect to make […]
- Jack Giroux
Rumours and hearsay are the plague of the entertainment industry, but the recent story about Stanley Kubrick’s passion project, Napoleon, comes from a relatively solid source – the late director’s brother-in-law. At an event held recently at De Montfort University in the UK, Jan Harlan – who also executive produced such Kubrick projects as The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut – explained that the Napoleon project would be headed to HBO as a six-hour miniseries, with Cary Fukunaga possibly at the helm.
Fukunaga has a relationship with HBO which previously bore the phenomenally successful, award-winning first season of True Detective – of which he directed all of the episodes. This Napoleon miniseries would likely be delivered in a similar way, but boasts Steven Spielberg among its producers. As a long-time friend of Kubrick, Spielberg was previously rumoured to be attached to Napoleon – as was Baz Luhrmann, at one time. Neither of those versions made it to production, »
- Sarah Myles
Like every filmmaker, the late and great Stanley Kubrick had at least one passion project sitting on his desk that he had been wanting to tackle for years but never could quite pull together.
When he died, the cinema maestro left behind one such project which he'd been working on since 1961 - a biopic of French ruler Napoleon Bonaparte. Kubrick had abandoned the project in the 1970s due to budget and production challenges, but in the process had left behind extensive research archives on the subject which he'd amassed over many years.
Three years ago came word that Kubrick's friend Steven Spielberg said he would work with Kubrick's estate on the project which would be turned into a mini-series for premium cable. At the time Baz Luhrmann was reportedly eyeing the director's chair.
Then... nothing. Its been all quiet on the project until this week when author Filippo Ulivieri posted »
- Garth Franklin
6 items from 2016
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