Cary Joji Fukunaga Is Still Adapting Stanley Kubrick's 'Napoleon'

'Napoleon Crossing the Alps'Credit: History Extra
Kubrick by way of Fukunaga? Sign me up. 

Stanley Kubrick is one of the most important film visionary minds to ever make films. He was particular, deliberate, and his work ranks among some of the greatest of all time.

Kubrick was not able to complete all the movies he wanted to over the years. One of the titles that he never quite got around to was Napoleon, the sprawling military epic about the infamous general who marched his army all over Europe and then faced exile. 

Now, Cary Joji Fukunaga has picked up the mantle of Napoleon, and he says the movie is happening. According to a report from Collider, Fukunaga has "been working on [Napoleon] now for, I wanna say, four or five years, maybe longer. So yeah, I'm definitely involved in that. We've got all the scripts of the episodes now and we're getting ready to see where the next stage is on it. So it's happening."

The show will be on HBO, and while we don't have an exact idea on how many episodes will be in the series, it seems like they're making real progress. Part of that progress is spending time with Kubrick's family.

As Fukunaga says, "I've spent a lot of time in his library and at the house at St Albans with Christiane, his wife, and Jan [Harlan], his brother-in-law. It's pretty awesome to just even be in the presence of Kubrick's library." 

When speaking on the legacy of following in Kubrick's footsteps, Fukunaga says he wants "to carry the torch in a way that embodies the spirit of what [Kubrick] was trying to achieve."

It's hard to express how excited we are about this project and the possibility of getting the sprawling military epic Kubrick wanted, but with the modern treatment of an ongoing series to give it the breadth and story it deserves. We'll keep you updated as more happens. 

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