Following his death in 1999, three screenplays were found in legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick’s library, and one of those scripts is finally set to be produced for the big screen. Producers Bruce Hendricks and Galen Walker plan to adapt the story penned by Kubrick, titled Lunatic at Large.
Currently, details about the story itself are being kept under wraps, Variety reports, though the producers describe it as: “a film-noir thriller in keeping with other collaborations between Kubrick and screenwriter Jim Thompson.” Thompson, a pulp fiction author, worked with Kubrick on the influential film noir The Killing.
Production on Lunatic at Large is reportedly set to begin in autumn this year. “The opportunity to bring a Stanley Kubrick project to the screen after so many years is a dream come true,” Walker says in a statement. “We look forward to making a film in keeping with his unique style and vision.”
“Stanley Kubrick was an enormous influence on so many directors, and we are honored that the Kubrick Estate has entrusted us with one of his original ideas,” adds Hendricks.
The 2001: A Space Odyssey director evidently intended to make Lunatic at Large himself before his death. In recent years, several other scripts and unfinished ideas have been found in the filmmaker’s archives, including a lost sequel to AClockwork Orange, three scripts that reflect his real-life marriage problems, and the so-called “inverse of Lolita”, Burning Secret.
This year, a once-lost song written for Kubrick’s 2001 also saw the light of day, more than 50 years after it was commissioned (and then rejected) by the filmmaker. Listen here.