After completing 2001: A Space Odyssey, director Stanley Kubrick planned to create a movie about Napoleon and wrote a script for the movie as early as 1961, but unfortunately never made the film due to production problems. Now, Steven Spielberg is planning to take Kubrick’s script and adapt it for a miniseries with the support of Kubrick’s estate.
Let me just tell you something right here: Stanley Kubrick is my favorite filmmaker. There are a couple of directors I respect nearly as much as him like Martin Scorsese or Alfred Hitchcock, but I don’t think anyone has the legacy Kubrick has.
This isn’t the first time Kubrick and Spielberg have collaborated. The two worked on A. I.: Artificial Intelligence, which was conceived by Kubrick and directed by Spielberg after Kubrick died in 1999. While A. I. was met with mixed reviews when it came out, in my opinion it is not only one of Spielberg’s finest but one of the best films of the 21st century.
So this project definitely has my interest. I’ve always thought Kubrick’s adaptation of Napoleon would be similar to Barry Lyndon. The main question is whether the adaptation would be faithful to the source. So to my readers, I’m asking you what do you think?