As years continue to pass since the late icon’s death, the life and work of director Stanley Kubrick have only grown in regard and reverence. As Kino sets their pending Blu-ray release of his first feature, Fear and Desire, two of his long-gestating projects are finally taking shape out of his hands.
Deadline is reporting that Entertainment One is working on a new TV movie and a miniseries take for two of Kubrick’s lesser known ‘lost’ projects. First up will be the triple digit-budgeted Downslope. A Civil War picture, the film is being eyed as a TV movie, and will be based on a short story from historian Shelby Foote. Kubrick also wrote the screenplay.
Then there is God Fearing Man, it has the fate of being a mini-series following the story of priest-turned-criminal Herbert Emerson Wilson. Now, both projects will also feature new adaptations from writer Stephen R. Clarke, so while Kubrick’s DNA is inherent in the pieces, it will likely have a bit of a different blood line showing up on screen. I myself am not entirely sold on these projects at this point, as it’s going to be a tough pill to swallow, seeing other hands on Kubrick material, but it’s been a long time coming for producer Steven Lanning and he and Philip Hobbs’ Philco Films, so there does seem to be a lot of love behind the projects. Hopes are high, expectations higher.