Re: RARA-AVIS: Jim Thompson/Stanley Kubrick

From: david david (
Date: 31 Oct 2006

thanks for posting this good news. any opinions on chris palmer and/or stephen r. clarke as the big shoe-fillers?

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> After Death, My Sweet: From an Idea by Kubrick, a
> New Film May Be Born
> Stanley Kubrick never threw anything away. On the
> other hand, he didn't have
> much of a filing system, and when he moved -
> permanently, it turned out -
> from Hollywood to London in 1962, a great many
> things went astray. Among them was
> the sole copy of a film treatment called "Lunatic
> at Large,‿ which Mr.
> Kubrick had commissioned in the late '50s from the
> noir pulp novelist Jim Thompson,
> with whom he had worked on "The Killing,‿ a 1956
> bank-heist story that
> became his first successful feature, and then on
> 1957's "Paths of Glory.‿
> The manuscript remained lost until after Mr.
> Kubrick's death, in 1999, when
> his son-in-law, Philip Hobbs, working with an
> archivist, turned it up, along
> with a couple of other scripts, and set about trying
> to make it into a movie.
> There were a couple of false starts. Mr. Hobbs
> originally approached the
> French company Pathé - partly because the French
> hold Jim Thompson in the same
> esteem as Edgar Allan Poe and Mickey Rourke - and
> after that arrangement fell
> through, he formed a partnership with Edward R.
> Pressman, a New York-based
> producer, and the London producers Finch & Partners.
> Mr. Pressman, who is expected
> to announce the completion of the deal today, said
> the film would be directed
> by Chris Palmer, from a finished script by Stephen
> R. Clarke.
> "When Stanley died, he left behind lots of
> paperwork,‿ Mr. Hobbs said in a
> telephone interview. "We ended up going through
> trunks of it, and one day we
> came across 'Lunatic at Large.' I knew what it
> was right away, because I
> remember Stanley talking about 'Lunatic.' He was
> always saying he wished he knew
> where it was, because it was such a great idea.
> [Non-text portions of this message have been
> removed]

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