Many film critics have taken the position that the greatest film never made was Stanley Kubrick's 'Napoleon,' a work of passion that consumed the late director's life for nearly a decade. During that time, he gathered a ridiculous amount of information on the project, preparing for everything - anyone who knows Kubrick's work will tell you that was commonplace for the legendary director. When Kubrick passed away though, it seemed like the project would become just a memory.
Enter Steven Spielberg. Already Spielberg had completed one Kubrick project that he left uncompleted, that of the film A.I. Now Spielberg says he is working with the family on Kubrick to bring Napoleon to the small screen.
"I've been developing a Stanley Kubrick screenplay for a miniseries -- not for a motion picture -- about the life of Napoleon," he said.
In my eyes, Spielberg is the perfect person to bring this to light, even if it should be on the big screen instead of the small. Kubrick's perfectionism is well known - Spielberg is very particular about his projects as well (bar some missteps like the last Indiana Jones film).
Kubrick had high hopes for the film, telling studio executives that “It’s impossible to tell you what I’m going to do except to say that I expect to make the best movie ever made," in regards to the Napoleon project. Can Spielberg meet that vision?