Entertainment One is bringing a pair of unproduced Stanley Kubrick screenplays to life on the small screen.
The independent studio has teamed with Steve Lanning and Philip Hobbs to develop and produce Downslope and God Fearing Man from the late writer-director-producer.
Downslope is based on the true story by Civil War historian Shelby Foote and revolves around Confederate Army Col. John Mosby and his plot to settle the score after Union Gen. George Custer captures and hangs several of his men.
God Fearing Man, meanwhile, will be adapted for television by British screenwriter Stephen R. Clark and tell the true story of Canadian minister Herbert Emerson Wilson, who went on to become one of the best safe-crackers and most successful American bank robbers in the early 20th century.
eOne will produce both projects in association with Philco Films’ Lanning (The Secret Garden, The World of Eddie Weary) and Hobbs, who worked with Kubrick for more than 15 years on projects including Full Metal Jacket. Michael Rosenberg and Adam Blumberg will oversee the projects on behalf of the studio. Bill Kelman will executive produce, with eOne handling worldwide rights to the series in all media.
“We’re excited to be able to bring these extraordinary works to life on the small screen and to be joining forces with Philip and Steve, who bring a wealth of experience and personal connection to the projects,” said Rosenberg, executive vp U.S. scripted television at One Television. “We’re certain audiences and fans will hold a high level of expectation which we plan to deliver. This is real event television.”
Kubrick, whose credits include 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Shining (1980), Full Metal Jacket (1987) and Eyes Wide Shut (1999), died in 1999. He was 70.
The projects join an eOne scripted slate that includes AMC’s Hell on Wheels, ABC’s Rookie Blue and NBC’s Saving Hope, among others.