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The Australian director is reportedly being courted by Steven Spielberg to take the reins on an HBO mini-series adaptation of Stanley Kubrick's most cherished screenplay

• Luhrmann interviewed in May 2013

Baz Luhrmann is being courted by Steven Spielberg to direct the much-hyped television adaptation of Stanley Kubrick's legendary unfilmed screenplay on the life of Napoleon, reports Deadline.

The site also reveals that the miniseries is likely to screen on HBO in the Us. The cable channel is home to celebrated shows such as Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and True Blood.

News of the Napoleon miniseries first emerged in March ahead of Spielberg's tenure as president of the jury for this year's Cannes film festival. The Hollywood icon told Canal Plus he was "developing a Stanley Kubrick screenplay for a miniseries – not for a motion picture – about the life of Napoleon," in conjunction with the late director's family.

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