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Scarlett Johansson & Sam Rockwell Cast in Kubrick's Lost Film

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April 13, 2010
Source: The Playlist

Scarlett Johansson & Sam Rockwell

Wait, wait, wait - Stanley Kubrick had a long lost project? Apparently so. The film is called Lunatic at Large and is based on a treatment by pulp author Jim Thompson that was commissioned by Kubrick in the late 1950s, after the two worked together on The Killing and Paths Of Glory. The script was discovered the a few years ago (read a NY Times article on it) and has been floating around for at least a few years. However, Production Weekly is reporting today on their Twitter (via The Playlist) that both Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell are attached to star in Lunatic at Large. They've got a few good actors for now. Read on!

Set in New York in 1956, Lunatic at Large tells the story of Johnnie Sheppard, an ex-carnival worker with serious anger-management issues, and Joyce, a nervous, attractive barfly he picks up from a Hopperesque tavern scene. It's described as "a dark and surprising mystery" about a person who is "the true escapee from a nearby mental hospital." Kubrick was supposed to follow up Spartacus with this, but the only copy of the manuscript was lost and later found in his library. The latest draft of the script was finished by Stephen R. Clarke in 2006, but we don't know too much else, including production details (when will it start shooting?).

It's not surprising that Johansson and Rockwell were interested in this. Any and everyone in Hollywood is probably jumping at the opportunity to work on a project that has the late Stanley Kubrick's name attached, even if it's just as a writer. If it's true that both actors have signed on, I'm sure a director is close behind, as they wouldn't be this far along without one. Chris Palmer has been attached since 2006, but no word if he's still involved at this point. This sounds like it could be a great project with touch of Kubrick, who hasn't left any mark on the big screen since Eyes Wide Shut in 1999. We'll keep you updated best we can. Stay tuned!

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  • Philip J Fry
    Sam Rockwell, enough said.
  • Xerxex
    the two seem perfect for a film based in the 50's, the studio better stay true to the script.
  • DoomCanoe
    with out Kubrick directing who the fuck cares
  • Andrew
    Hasn't left any mark on the big screen since Eyes Wide Shut? Wasn't A.I. a Kubrick production that got started that Spielberg finished?
  • roachj
    AI (Artificial Intelligence) was certainly a Kubrick and Spielberg were working on together before Kubrick passed away.
  • People's Champ
    I dig Kubrick's movies quite a bit, minus Eyes Wide Shut. Hopefully it will have that Kubrick feel.
  • DiR3cT
    #3 - Yeah it wont be a Kubrick film so it doesn't really mean a whole lot to me.
  • Walker
    I agree with #3 and #7... whats the point without Kubrick overseeing every detail...
  • Cineprog
    It's not really is last project is it, it was a lost work that he wrote before or just after Spartacus, and has said I'm many of the comments without Stanley Kubrick at the helm "who cares"
  • Al
    "This sounds like it could be a great project with touch of Kubrick, who hasn't left any mark on the big screen since Eyes Wide Shut in 1999." Ummm, maybe because Kubricks dead?
  • sedna
    Talk about all kinds of weird, I had a dream, or a though just last night about someone directing an unproduced Kubrick script (at the time I was thinking of his Napoleon one) and here we are, there's a news story about a Kubrick script being directed. Talk about LOST weird. 😉
  • SlashBeast
    "This sounds like it could be a great project with touch of Kubrick, who hasn't left any mark on the big screen since Eyes Wide Shut in 1999." Does it need to be pointed out how stupid that sentence is?
  • 1-7
    Kubrick ain't directing = Pointless.
  • Duude
    Related articles are all about Iron man 2.
  • Peace Love & GaGa
    First off Kubrick is awesome! And I'm so happy to hear this news because if you think about it, we will never get another Kubrick movie ever again, but this is the closest we're gonna get, I mean he may not be directing it, but he created it, and who knows...he could be looking down at whoever the director will be and somehow making him make the right decision...kinda like possessing the dude. Scary but it would be sweet.

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