A new trilogy will be made from Stanley Kubrick’s original screenplay “The Downslope,” with the first installment to be directed by Marc Forster.
Forster will direct and produce the first film in series, working off the screenplay Kubrick wrote back in 1956. Forster was the leading force behind “Finding Neverland,” “Monsters Ball,” and “World War Z” most recently. While Forster is onboard to direct the first installment and will continue to be a producer on the following two films in the series, he has not signed on to direct the last two films at this time.
“I am indebted to Stanley Kubrick and his visionary films. It is an honor and a huge responsibility to take on this project, and we’re thankful to his family for their support,” says Forster in a prepared statement. “This is a powerful work, an epic story, with its psychological landscape of brother pitted against brother, and friend against friend. We believe it will be an incredibly interesting trilogy, and a great experience sharing our mutual passion of Kubrick’s vision.”
Joining Forster as producers are Lauren Selig, Barry Levine and Reneé Wolfe. According to the announcement, the new series is moving ahead with the the full support of the Kubrick family.
As for the film itself, ‘The Downslope’ is an action-drama set in a historical setting. Kubrick wrote the screenplay after his work on “Fear and Desire,” and before his WWI period piece, “Paths of Glory.”
Like many of Kubrick’s works, the film will be another tale expressing the horrors of war, this time within the setting of the American Civil War. At the center of this story are the battles in the Shenandoah Valley between Union General George Armstrong Custer and Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby.
The story follows Mosby (also called the Gray Ghost) as he continually thwarts Custard’s forces with his unit called the Mosby’s Rangers. In the end the two became nemesis of each other, with a bitter hatred brewing between them.
Much of Kubrick’s story is based on historical events. The late director went into great detail in his notes on how the story was to be told, and even how he wanted key scenes shot, this according to today’s announcements.
Lauren Selig said in a statement, “We’ve been given the unique privilege to produce a Stanley Kubrick script no one has had the opportunity to make. The first installment of the planned trilogy, written by Kubrick, is an engrossing story illustrating a crucial moment in history toward the end of the American Civil War.”
The following films will move on past the Civil War, as America fights to control the west to fulfill the Manifest Destiny.
Kubrick was nominated by the Academy four times for his directing prowess and five times for his writing. As a director Stanley Kubrick was responsible for some of the greatest films in cinematic history. His work lives on in great films like “Spartacus,” “Lolita,” “Dr. Strangelove,” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” He is also remembered for “A Clockwork Orange,” “The Shining,” and “Full Metal Jacket.”