Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell to Headline Lost Stanley Kubrick Project
Posted 04.15.10 by BrentJS
Though it's still unclear at this point if Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell will share any scenes together as the Black Widow and Justin Hammer in Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2, it appears as if they will get a lot of screen time together in a new movie in development.
According to Production Weekly, the pair will headline a movie based on a lost treatment by pulp author
Jim Thompson commissioned by auteur Stanley Kubrick in the late 1950s called Lunatic at Large.
As The New York Times reported in 2006, Kubrick himself misplaced the Lunatic at Large treatment and was never able to find it during his lifetime. Upon his death, his son-in-law, Philip Hobbs,
found the treatment "along with a couple of other scripts" and immediately began shopping it around. Hobbs brokered a deal for the treatment with producers Edward R. Pressman and Finch & Partners of London and plans for a movie were set in motion. Unknown screenwriter Stephen R. Clark was hired to adapt the screenplay and another unknown, Chris Palmer, was attached to direct, but the project eventually fell through. Described in the Times article as a "dark and surprising mystery," Clark's screenplay was supposedly faithful to the noir sensibilities of the original treatment.
Set in New York in 1956, it tells the story of Johnnie Sheppard, an ex-carnival worker with serious anger-management issues, and Joyce, a nervous, attractive barfly he picks up in a Hopperesque tavern scene. There's a newsboy who flashes a portentous headline, a car chase over a railroad crossing with a train bearing down, and a romantic interlude in a spooky, deserted mountain lodge.
The great set piece is a nighttime carnival sequence in which Joyce, lost and afraid, wanders among the tents and encounters a sideshow's worth of familiar carnie types: the Alligator Man, the Mule-Faced Woman, the Midget Monkey Girl, the Human Blockhead, with the inevitable noggin full of nails.
Like Kubrick's work, the Production Weekly tweet was pretty cryptic. It's unknown at this time who will be producing or directing the movie or whether Clark's screenplay will remain intact or be updated for a modern audience.
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