The late Stanley Kubrick is one of the most prolific and mysterious directors of all time, and I know that for a lot of people his final film Eyes Wide Shut left a bad taste in their mouth (and if you’re one of the people who thinks Spielberg mutilated A.I., that taste could be even worse). Fortunately, it appears that there is still more Kubrickian goodness yet to come… sort of. It seems that when he moved from Hollywood to London in 1961, a lot of things got lost in the shuffle, including some treatments and scripts for projects he had in progress at the time. Kubrick’s son-in-law Philip Hobbs recently stumbled across an 80 page treatment for a movie called Lunatic At Large, described as a “dark mystery thriller about an axe-murderer who has escaped from an asylum”. The film is now being pushed into production, with Christopher Palmer reportedly directing, and Colin Farrell being offered the lead role.
Other unfinished Kubrick scripts that have been discovered include Killer’s Kiss (“the missing link between A Clockwork Orange and The Shining”), The Down Slope (an American Civil War epic) and God Fearing Man (based on the true story of a priest who becomes a bank robber). So what do you think, is A.I. proof that they should leave Kubrick’s work alone? Or are you interested in seeing these stories on screen? Personally I think they sound pretty cool, but attaching Kubrick’s name to it would be a bit misleading. (Thanks to Henrik for the heads up on this one.)» Related Link: Dark Horizons