We'll be seeing a TV movie and a miniseries based on two never-produced screenplays by famed filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, Downslope and God Fearing Man. Philip Hobbs’ Philco Films will be one of the producers heading the project. He worked with the director for over 15 years, coproducing his wartime drama Full Metal Jacket.
Based on a true story by Civil War historian Shelby Foote, Kubrick wrote an incomplete screenplay for Downslope — an epic drama following the activities of Confederate Army Colonel John S. Mosby and his revenge plot against Custer for executing several of his men. (This is that moment your history teacher was talking about when they told you to pay closer attention in school.) Cavalry officer Mosby was like a chameleon when it came to evading Union Army troops, and Custer refers to George Armstrong Custer, of Custer's Last Stand fame. He and his troops were killed by Native American tribes at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.
The second project was announced in 2010, but never took flight. British screenwriter Stephen R. Clarke based his television screenplay for God Fearing Man on Kubrick's original writing about the true story of a Canadian priest. Herbert Emerson Wilson became one of the world's premiere safecrackers and bank robbers during America's early 20th century. It's being called a "real television event" by reps.
Dobbs' previous announcement planned Downslope as a $100 million feature, with God Fearing Man as a $12 million TV series, to give you an idea of the scope he may be working with. Deadline doesn't report any casting decisions or directors in the running at this time, but we'll be sure to bring you news as we get it. Lunatic at Large was previously bundled in with these unproduced projects, set to star Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell, with Chris Palmer directing, but the website makes no mention of it. That story was set in 1956 New York with a former carnie and an anxious barfly at its center.
Will you be watching these works when they hit screens? If you need more Kubrick in your life (and who doesn't?), check out this one-point perspective video honoring the director's style, below.