Kubrick is Coming to Your Bookshelf
Stanley Kubrick fans rue the missed opportunities from the late film legend. But at least two projects are being revived in book form, his longtime executive producer and brother-in-law says.
By Joe O'Connell,
4:11PM, Sun. Mar. 15, 2009
Look for Stanley Kubrick's original vision of A.I. and his unrealized Napoleon project to come out in book form this year, the late director's longtime executive producer and brother-in-law Jan Harlan said during a SXSW Film panel Sunday.
The A.I. book will include 25 original drawings from Kubrick's earlier vision for the film, prior to him passing the project on to Steven Spielberg. "In Stanley's hands it would have been so dark," Harlan said, adding that Kubrick saw the story really as a "fairy tale" more suited to Spielberg's talents.
Harlan painted a complex picture of Kubrick: an optimist and brilliant chess player with a great sense of humor in private life, and an exacting technician/artist who refused to travel for film shoots, but would shoot take after take. His filmic view of man was far from optimistic, as is clear in his vision for A.I. "Stanley was convinced we were digging our own graves as a species," Harlan said.
Kubrick's sets were totally quiet, Harlan said. "You can't imagine how few people we were. You could go on the set and you would think everyone had gone home."
Harlan also recalled a film director who had little use for film critics. "Stanley thought, 'I'm working on this film for three years, and some guy writes about it in an afternoon, and I'm supposed to take this seriously?' " Harlan said.