Magazine article Screen International

Marc Forster Boards Stanley Kubrick War Script

Magazine article Screen International

Marc Forster Boards Stanley Kubrick War Script

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Forster will direct the first film and will develop and produce all three after Selig negotiated a deal with rights holders Phil Hobbs and Steve Lanning, who will also serve as producers.

The producers said The Downslope has the full support and encouragement of the Kubrick family and is styled as a sweeping anti-war action-drama that Kubrick wrote after the release of Fear And Desire and before he directed Paths Of Glory.

The story focuses on a series of American Civil War battles in the Shenandoah Valley between Union General George Armstrong Custer and Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby, known as the Gray Ghost.

Kubrick initially developed the story with the Civil War historian Shelby Foote. The successive films will expand upon Kubrick's original story as post-war Americans settle in the West.

"We've been given the unique privilege to produce a Stanley Kubrick script no-one has had the opportunity to make," said Selig. "The first instalment 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. …

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