HBO is preparing a miniseries about Napoleon, based on Kubrick’s research of the historical figure. Steven Spielberg will executive produce.
HBO is preparing a miniseries based on Stanley Kubrick’s research for a film dubbed his “greatest never made film” — a planned story on French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s 19th century struggle to bring Europe under his total control. True Detective Emmy winner Cary Fukunaga is in talks to direct the mini, which is in development at the premium cable network, The Hollywood Reporters wrote.
Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will executive produce the project via their Amblin Television banner.
After the success of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Kubrick planned a large-scale biographical film about Napoleon Bonaparte and “tried to see every film that was ever made on the subject.” He researched the French emperor at great lengths and wrote a preliminary screenplay which has since become available on the internet. You can read it here.
Kubrick scouted locations and intended to film in France, the United Kingdom and in Romania where he had enlisted the support of the Romanian army. Senior army officers had committed 40,000 soldiers and 10,000 cavalrymen to Kubrick’s film for the battle scenes.
Not being able to secure the finances he proceeded to make A Clockwork Orange.