Stanley Kubrick Napoleon Biopic HBO Miniseries

Kubrick’s Napoleon Biopic Could Become HBO Miniseries


The unfinished Napoleon biopic from Stanley Kubrick could be re-imagined as a HBO miniseries from True Detective director Cary Fukunaga. Read more after the jump.

Anyone familiar with the work of Stanley Kubrick knows he wasn’t a big fan of phoning it in. With projects like 2001: A Space Odyssey or The Shining, there was little limit to what he’d do to make a film project as authentic as possible or just as he saw it in his own head. His unfinished project – a biopic about military history’s own Dick Dastardly Napoleon Bonaparte – was no exception. In fact, after his death it was discovered by journalist Jon Ronson that an entire room in Kubrick’s house was dedicated to the project. This dedication included but were by no means limited to cue cards that recorded where Napoleon or any of his inner circle were on a particular day. I know, hardcore right?

There’s no doubt that a Kubrick Napoleon biopic would have been on the epic side of epic, but it’s something that we’ll ever get to see. However, we may get the next best thing as the entire project is allegedly being adapted for the small screen.

The news from is that True Detective director Cary Fukunaga is planning to adapt Kubrick’s Napoleon biopic courtesy of HBO. The plan would be for the story to be broken up into a six hour miniseries, with David Leland penning the script.

This isn’t the first time that someone has tried to bring Napoleon back from the dead – the Napoleon biopic I mean, not the man himself. Back in 2013 director Baz Luhrmann was supposed to take on the project with Steven Spielberg producing. This seemed like a slam dunk at the time since Spielberg had also brought another ex-Kubrick project – AI: Artificial Intelligence – back from cinema purgatory. But it was not to be.

On the face of it this looks like an ideal combination of material and talent. Fukunaga’s work on the first season of True Detective was unprecedented, as well as is directing of movie projects like Beats of No Nation. This also wouldn’t be Leland’s first foray into televised historical drama, having worked as a screenwriter on acclaimed series The Borgias. As far as revitalised Kubrick projects go, this sounds like a safe pair of hands.

As awesome as this sounds the details are still very sketchy. HBO has made no comment or commitment to the project as yet and there’s no cast list to speak of. On top of that, it’s unclear if the original Kubrick script will be used, adapted or set aside altogether. Hopefully we’ll get some answers to those questions soon enough.

The Napoleon Biopic miniseries doesn’t have a release date. Watch this space for all the latest Napoleon Biopic movie news.



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