A Lost Stanley Kubrick Screenplay Has Apparently Surfaced
The script is said to be complete enough that it could be turned into a feature film.
One of the most influential directors of all time might have one last surprise for us. According to a film professor at Bangor University, one of Stanley Kubrick's lost projects may have been found.
A script for a feature film titled Burning Secret, based on a 1913 short story by Stefan Zweig, was found by Nathan Abrams, a film professor in Wales.
According to the Guardian, Abrams revealed the script was almost entirely complete, meaning it could be turned into a feature film.
"Kubrick aficionados know he wanted to do it, [but] no one ever thought it was completed. We now have a copy and this proves that he had done a full screenplay."
Supposedly written in 1956 with Calder Willingham -- who Kubrick collaborated with on Paths of Glory in '57 -- plans for the film were apparently scrapped after MGM found out about Paths, which was a breach of the filmmaker's contract.
Described as a "the inverse of Lolita", the story follows a mysterious and predatory baron who befriends a young boy in order to seduce his mother.
"It’s a full screenplay so could be completed by film-makers today," Abrams told The Guardian.
The story had been adapted for the screen twice, once by Robert Siodmak in 1933 (under the original title Brennendes Geheimnis), and again in 1988 by Andrew Birkin, who wrote his own script for the feature starring Faye Dunaway.
Birkin worked with Kubrick in an array of roles, beginning as a runner on 2001: A Space Odyssey, before working his way up to assistant director on the unmade historical epic Napoleon.
Kubrick died in 1999, shortly after completing his final film Eyes Wide Shut with Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. Following his death Stephen Spielberg directed A.I. Artificial Intelligence based on a script from Kubrick that the pair had workshopped in the past.
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