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Sam Rockwell and Scarlett Johansson are Lunatics at Large for Kubrick project

04.13.2010
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Looks like a new film from Stanley Kubrick will be coming our way.

...wait, what?

A lost treatment that was commissioned by Stanley Kubrick from author and sometimes collaborator Jim Thompson (THE KILLING, PATHS OF GLORY) will get to be seen on the big screen. After the director's death in 1999, the manuscript entitled LUNATIC AT LARGE and was found by Kubrick's son-in-law Philip Hobbs. He came upon the treatment while searching Kubrick's vast library.

The film already has two stars attached, Sam Rockwell and Scarlett Johansson. It's a period film described as a dark and surprising mystery to figure out who amongst a group is an escapee from a nearby mental hospital. Here is are the details from a 2006 NY Times article:

"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."

The synopsis came from a fleshed out treatment written in 2006 penned by Stephen R. Clarke. Back in 2006, director Chris Palmer was going to make the film his feautre debut. It isn't known if either are still attached to the film. The project was resurrected today by a simple tweet from Production weekly saying, "Scarlett Johansson & Sam Rockwell attached to star in Lunatic At Large based on an original story by novelist Jim Thompson & Stanley Kubrick".

Extra Tidbit: I have a feeling Palmer won't be directing this. Who would you go with?

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5:23PM on 04/14/2010
I have a strange feeling that Spielberg will go after this
I have a strange feeling that Spielberg will go after this
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9:22AM on 04/14/2010
Thumbs way up. This is my type of flick.
Thumbs way up. This is my type of flick.
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7:38AM on 04/14/2010
while this is cool and all, what about the most epic film to ever be made but never got the chance to? -Napoleon-
while this is cool and all, what about the most epic film to ever be made but never got the chance to? -Napoleon-
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8:41PM on 04/13/2010
Extra tidbit: Richard Kelly has a similar sensitivity to Kubrick's mixed with David Lynch's, but his filmography is kind of weak. I dont know. It probably wont happen anyway.

And Rockwell is pretty amazing in anything, even in small roles like in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Extra tidbit: Richard Kelly has a similar sensitivity to Kubrick's mixed with David Lynch's, but his filmography is kind of weak. I dont know. It probably wont happen anyway.

And Rockwell is pretty amazing in anything, even in small roles like in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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8:38PM on 04/13/2010

Love Sam

Even young Sam Rockwell in Clownhouse, he is always the best part of the movie. I personally enjoyed Moon more than Hurt Locker, I only figured Moon was robbed an oscar nod but prolly wasnt the best, but it was more entertaining to me than HL.
Even young Sam Rockwell in Clownhouse, he is always the best part of the movie. I personally enjoyed Moon more than Hurt Locker, I only figured Moon was robbed an oscar nod but prolly wasnt the best, but it was more entertaining to me than HL.
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8:07PM on 04/13/2010

This will own!

If Sam Rockwell is in it, I am so there. Dude has not made one bad movie. And also, Scarlett is good too and also great eye candy. Also its STANLEY FREAKIN KUBRICK we're talking about.
If Sam Rockwell is in it, I am so there. Dude has not made one bad movie. And also, Scarlett is good too and also great eye candy. Also its STANLEY FREAKIN KUBRICK we're talking about.
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