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Spielberg and Kubrick

The two greatest filmmakers of all time were very good friends.
The two greatest filmmakers of all time were very good friends.
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Despite their different outlooks on story and attitudes toward filmmaking, Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick were friends for many years. They held long distance phone conversations late at night between Spielberg’s home in the Pacific Palisades within Los Angeles, California and Kubrick’s own home in Hertfordshire, England. They even collaborated on the film that later became A.I. Artificial Intelligence. A film that Kubrick alleged was closer to Spielberg’s more optimistic sensibility than his own dark and cynical nature. Spielberg eventually made the film with Haley Joel Osment in the lead role after Kubrick’s death.

Spielberg announced plans last year to turn one of Kubrick’s dream films, Napoleon, into a made for TV Miniseries. Kubrick first wrote the screenplay in 1961 and attempted to film it after the release of 2001: A Space Odyssey later in the decade. For various different reasons over the years, the Napoleon film was never made. Now it will get a chance to see the light of day.