Baz Luhrmann May Direct Stanley Kubrick-Scripted NAPOLEON Miniseries for HBO and Steven Spielberg

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One of the great “what ifs” in cinema history is Stanley Kubrick’s long-developed biopic Napoleon.  The filmmaker planned a historical epic chronicling the life of the French Emperor, but the ambitious project proved too difficult to get off the ground when studios refused to front the massive budget needed to tell the story; Kubrick would even tell the studios that Napoleon would be “the best film ever made.”  The project remained uncompleted when Kubrick unexpectedly passed away, but Kubrick’s friend Steven Spielberg announced earlier this year that he would be turning the filmmaker’s Napoleon script into an HBO miniseries.  Now it appears that Spielberg and HBO are courting a very interesting director to tackle the adaptation: Baz Luhrmann.  Hit the jump for more.

napoleon-bonaparteDeadline reports that Spielberg and HBO are courting The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann to direct what is being planned as the highest-profile miniseries in HBO’s history.  A deal has yet to be made, but Lurhmann tackling a biopic of Napoleon Bonaparte scripted by Stanley Kubrick and produced by Steven Spielberg is a wholly fascinating prospect.  The pay-cable network can afford to take some risks thanks to the massive success of Game of Thrones, and they will no doubt be putting a hefty amount of money into Napoleon should Luhrmann accept the gig.  The filmmaker has yet to settle on a follow-up project to this year’s ambitious The Great Gatsby adaptation, so one assumes he’s able to fit Napoleon into his schedule.

The HBO miniseries isn’t the only Napoleon project in development at the moment, as Warner Bros. is also planning a feature film about the figure to be directed by Snow White and the Huntsman helmer Rupert Sanders.  Ironically, Lurhmann found himself in a similar horse race when he was mounting Alexander the Great with Leonardo DiCaprio, but Oliver Stone and Colin Farrell’s film beat them to the punch and Luhrmann’s project never moved forward following Alexander‘s dismal commercial and critical performance.  However, Warner Bros.’ Napoleon feature and the Napoleon miniseries are extremely different projects, so there’s no reason both can’t exist at the same time.  Moreover, HBO is used to working very quickly, so should Luhrmann sign on, production could feasibly get under way later next year.

What do you think, readers?  Is Luhrmann the right choice to finally bring Kubrick’s project to fruition, or are his sensibilities an ill fit?  Who would be the best director to tackle the material?  Sound off in the comments below.

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  • GrimReaper07

    One might like Luhrmann as a director, but there’s no denying he’s one of the absolute worst picks for this.

  • paul h

    IIRC the (wonderful) Kubrick Archives book mentions a period film that bombed around the time they were getting ready to start on Napoleon, which scared the studio off, tho the name escapes me atm.

    Still, this sounds like an interesting prospect, and hopefully it’ll be better than A.I. …

    • jack

      Barry Lyndon?

      • Dwigt

        No, it was Waterloo, from 1970, starring Rod Steiger as Napoléon.

    • SomeGuy

      I think what you are referring to is the 1970 film Waterloo.

  • randommale7

    Yay get ready for all style no substance! I may be Australian but even I shun Baz Luhrmann.

  • cas

    Luhrman is a joke, and even contemplating this is a disgrace to a true genius.

  • jack

    Wait. So HBO is competing against WB? Can they do that considering they’re owned by the same parent company? Interesting…

    • bfg666

      They may be owned by the same company but they’re different brands, so yes, they can compete, much like Sprite and Coke.

    • bfg666

      They may be owned by the same company but they’re different brands, so yes, they can compete, much like Sprite and Coke.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    What is Paul Thomas Anderson doing ?
    He’s perfect for it

    • grapes9h5

      Inherent Vice, and I’m sure he got ideas for his own next script after he’s done with his very involved post-production on that film.

    • grapes9h5

      Inherent Vice, and I’m sure he got ideas for his own next script after he’s done with his very involved post-production on that film.

  • Idris Elba

    Idris Elba should play Napoleon.

    • BigJimSlade

      After sitting though @ 45 long minutes of Pacific Rim, I’m not sure Idris should play anyone in anything. I’m still trying to un-cringe my body, days later.

      • Batt Damon

        It might help if you take the stick out of your ass

      • mattinacan

        Pacific Rim was great, you are nuts

      • hotlanta

        Or maybe you should watch a little show called THE WIRE.

      • Idris Elba

        Guys, be cool. Idris Elba is cool with people who don’t appreciate his performances because Idris Elba is very fortunate to be in the position where people can talk shit about him.

    • BigJimSlade

      After sitting though @ 45 long minutes of Pacific Rim, I’m not sure Idris should play anyone in anything. I’m still trying to un-cringe my body, days later.

  • hotlanta

    Every shot of the series will last 5 seconds or less, making it the first television program to cause epilepsy since Pokemon.

  • Scullibundo

    Spielberg should have directed this himself.

    • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

      Yep
      Maybe in the ending, Napoleon would have met the good fairy and she would help him capture all Europe, defeat Haiti and die as France’ s greatest emperor
      Yep
      Spielberg should direct it

      • GrimReaper07

        AI is a great movie and its funny how the biggest complaint I hear about it is the ending, which was written by Kubrick.

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        Al was a piece of shit movie

      • GrimReaper07

        I’ve yet to hear a good reason why besides the ending. If it had ended with David praying to the statue in the ocean it’d be considered an amazing movie.

      • -

        Could you stop commenting on things, your posts are always either incoherent or stupid.

    • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

      Yep
      Maybe in the ending, Napoleon would have met the good fairy and she would help him capture all Europe, defeat Haiti and die as France’ s greatest emperor
      Yep
      Spielberg should direct it

  • Keegan W

    Here’s praying that Kubrick comes back from the grave in an effort to kick Luhrmann off this project after he full on sodomized Fitzgerald and Shakespeare. We can’t let him bring the Great Stanley down too.

    • The Flobbit

      Heeyyy, Romeo + Juliet was kick ass and awesome.

  • Keegan W

    Here’s praying that Kubrick comes back from the grave in an effort to kick Luhrmann off this project after he full on sodomized Fitzgerald and Shakespeare. We can’t let him bring the Great Stanley down too.

  • The Flobbit

    Looking forward to Hugh Jackman as Napoleon, with Beyonce and Eminem music in the background as the French battle the English in slow-motion while singing wildly on a field of flowers.

    Nicole Kidman plays Empress Josephine, and the two share a poignant love song while in a hot air balloon over Paris. Look out for Jim Broadbent as the English general who sings folk songs as he rides to battle on a yellow Mustang.

    • bfg666

      XD

    • Charlie Maib

      I would totally watch that.

    • Charlie Maib

      I would totally watch that.

    • mattinacan

      that sounds awesome

  • The Flobbit

    Looking forward to Hugh Jackman as Napoleon, with Beyonce and Eminem music in the background as the French battle the English in slow-motion while singing wildly on a field of flowers.

    Nicole Kidman plays Empress Josephine, and the two share a poignant love song while in a hot air balloon over Paris. Look out for Jim Broadbent as the English general who sings folk songs as he rides to battle on a yellow Mustang.

  • Gojiro

    They still won’t surpass Napoleon by Abel Ganz. It has to be shown of a 3.99 to 1 aspect movie screen.

    http://youtu.be/Mlox9bsPb6s

  • Gojiro

    They still won’t surpass Napoleon by Abel Ganz. It has to be shown of a 3.99 to 1 aspect movie screen.

    http://youtu.be/Mlox9bsPb6s

  • bfg666

    AaaaaAaAAAAaaaAAaarrrgghhhh!!

  • bfg666

    AaaaaAaAAAAaaaAAaarrrgghhhh!!

  • http://www.caseymoviemania.com/ Casey Chong

    Baz Luhrmann is a great visual stylist, but hardly an accomplished storyteller. For a massive biopic like “Napoleon”, I suggest that other director should take over instead. This is a biopic project based on the legendary Stanley Kubrick’s unproduced script we are talking about. Maybe Spielberg should direct this himself, especially after he made a great impression imitating Kubrickian style in A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

    • The Flobbit

      “Great impression”? More like awkwardly dark and simultaneously sentimental. I swear that was the darkest, saddest movie I’d seen up until that point. AI was a great film, but I will NEVER see it again.

  • http://www.caseymoviemania.com/ Casey Chong

    Baz Luhrmann is a great visual stylist, but hardly an accomplished storyteller. For a massive biopic like “Napoleon”, I suggest that other director should take over instead. This is a biopic project based on the legendary Stanley Kubrick’s unproduced script we are talking about. Maybe Spielberg should direct this himself, especially after he made a great impression imitating Kubrickian style in A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

  • Rabblerouser

    No. Just no. I’m less concerned about Kubrick’s legacy than I am about Napoleon. This could be a great character study, but it won’t be with Luhrman at the helm. All empty flash and style.

  • Rabblerouser

    No. Just no. I’m less concerned about Kubrick’s legacy than I am about Napoleon. This could be a great character study, but it won’t be with Luhrman at the helm. All empty flash and style.

  • cineast4

    Will always be sad that i’m never going to see the film directed by Kubrick.
    As for Luhrmann, while a part of me would like to see a serious take on the man
    i don’t think Luhrmann is that unfitting a choice, you only have to look a their paintings and see that they were quite partial to romanticism, with all the pomp and posing so in that sense Luhrmann might, note, might be quite a good fit

  • mattinacan

    why would you replace a film god like Kubrick with a film hack like Luhrmann. Kubrick would be rolling in his grave.

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  • Kevin

    If Spielberg approves of Luhrmann, then so do I. I liked The Great Gatsby way more than I thought I would.

  • jallen

    Kubrick was a misanthropist, Lurhmann is the opposite, with the worlds best storyteller (Spielberg) overseeing, about one of the biggest badasses in history.

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