“Lunatic at large”, a thriller project, which Stanley Kubrick could have produced from a screenplay by Jim Thompson, could finally see the light of day. Filming could start at the end of the year.
An abandoned screenplay of a Stanley Kubrick film soon to be made? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lunatic at large is reportedly on track to be ported to the big screen after several twists and turns.
Producers Bruce Hendricks and Galen Walker bought the rights to this thriller, reports the American media. The objective would be to start shooting this film at the end of 2021. Lunatic at large is one of the scenarios on which Stanley Kubrick had worked, without the project being successful. This screenplay was written by Jim Thompson, with the collaboration of the filmmaker. 70 pages of treatment were found, and there was talk of Kubrick staging it. Recall that Kubrick and Jim Thompson had collaborated together for The Ultimate Razzia and The Paths of Glory.
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Very little is known about the synopsis itself, except that it is said to be a story relating the encounter and the incredible adventures of a former funfair employee and the regular of a bar. It would fit into the thriller / film noir genre.
On the other hand, we know that this project had almost resuscitated in 2010, with even the announcement of a casting, in this case Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell. At the time, there was talk of Chris Palmer making this film. More recently, Terry Gilliam would have also sought to seize this project, before giving up due to the Covid crisis, as indicated Le Figaro this summer.