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This year's Cannes jury president Steven Spielberg, whose "Lincoln" won two Oscars out of 12 nominations, has not lost his taste for recreating history. The filmmaker has begun developing Stanley Kubrick's "Napoleon" screenplay as a miniseries. Spielberg, who collaborated with Kubrick on 2001's "A.I.," is working with Kubrick's family to bring the abandoned 1970s project to TV. The Stanley Kubrick exhibit currently on view at Lacma offers a room full of extensive documents and artifacts for "Napoleon" (see above), including a letter to actor Oskar Werner ("Jules and Jim," "Fahrenheit 451") offering him the eponymous role, and a polite rejection letter from Audrey Hepburn, turning down the part of Josephine. The project was ultimately put aside after it proved to have a multitude of budget and production challenges, as envisioned by perfectionist Kubrick. Jeffrey Wells believes that Kubrick's "Napoleon" would have been a reprise of the movie Kubrick made instead when UA and MGM. »


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