A screenplay written by Stanley Kubrick that has been considered lost for over half a century has been unearthed; experts claim the unmade feature film contains elements that would be finally be realized in The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut. The BBC reports:
The script to an unmade film by the late Stanley Kubrick was discovered by a film professor researching a book about the director’s last project. Burning Secret was ditched in the late 1950s, amid suggestions it was too controversial for studio bosses.
Burning Secret was an adaptation of a 1913 novella by the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, written by Kubrick in 1956 with novelist Calder Willingham. It tells the story of a suave insurance salesman befriending a 10-year-old boy, so he is able to seduce the child’s mother.
The screenplay was discovered by the son of a Kubrick enthusiast and authenticated by Bangor University professor Nathan Abrams. Though there were rumors that Kubrick had penned a script for Burning Secret as a young filmmaker, it could not be confirmed until now.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if a studio actually decided to make Burning Secret all these years later? Kubrick’s influence on the horror genre can never be overstated, and a “new” film from the legendary director would be epic, a work from beyond the grave!
So far, the screenplay has not been released, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled for a copy, should one make it online.
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