Will the last film Stanley Kubrick wrote make it to the big screen?

by: James Wallace
August 12th, 2009

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Many are under the false impression that EYES WIDE SHUT and A.I. were the last films that Stanley Kubrick left us with, but alas, the visionary writer/director may have one last film to intrigue us with from beyond the grave. And Jan Harlan, Kubrick's brother-in-law and frequent collaborator, is the man trying to bring the late director's vision to fruition.

The film, titled ARYAN PAPERS, is based on the novel "Wartime Lies" by Louis Begley, and tells the tale of a Jewish woman and her nephew that must pose as Catholics to escape certain death from the Nazis. The film was set to begin filming in the early 90s, yet was shelved after Warner Bros. and Kubrick alike decided that it was better to hold off in the wake of Steven Spielberg's SCHINDLER'S LIST.

Warner Bros. still owns the rights to the film, but was unable to confirm if they were in fact looking to make the project. If they do, Harlan already has a director in mind in - Ang Lee, responsible for the weighty Oscar winner BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. Interesting choice. It would be interesting to see what someone like Lee or another A list director would do with Kubrick's script. I, for one, liked A.I., but saw it for what it was - an homage to Kubrick from his old friend Spielberg, done within a film that had been a passion project of theirs for years and years.

Regardless, I would love to see this film get made, just for the single fact that it is something more from Stanley Kubrick. Furthermore, I'm not sure we have ever seen an instance like this where a screenwriter's film has been made long after his passing. I, for one, cannot think of one. Can you? Enlighten us!

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