Entertainment One has partnered with producers Steve Lanning and Philip Hobbs’ Philco Films to produce a TV Movie and a mini-series based on two never produced screenplays by late Oscar-winning filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, Downslope and God Fearing Man.
Written by Stanley Kubrick and based on a true story by Civil War historian Shelby Foote, TV movie Downslope is an epic Civil War drama following the activities of Confederate Army Colonel John S. Mosby and his plot to settle the score after Custer captures and hangs several of his men.
Adapted for television by Brit screenwriter Stephen R. Clarke based on a screenplay by Kubrick, mini God Fearing Man tells the true story of Canadian minister Herbert Emerson Wilson who became one of the best safe-crackers and most successful bank robbers in America in the early 20thcentury. “This is real event television,” said Michael Rosenberg, eOne’s EVP, US Scripted Television.
More a decade after Kubrick’s death, Philco Films in 2010 announced that it planned to produce three Kubrick scripts, including Downslope, which was originally envisioned as a $100 million feature, and God Fearing Man, eyed as a $12-million series. The company, co-founded by Lanning and Kubrick’s son-in-law Hobbs, who worked closely with the filmmaker for more than fifteen years, has now brought in eOne as a partner in turning the scripts into longform TV projects. Michael Rosenberg and Adam Blumberg will oversee the projects for eOne, which will handle worldwide distribution. Bill Kelman will executive produce. eOne’s current scripted series include Hell on Wheels on AMC, Rookie Blue on ABC and Shaw, Call Me Fitz on DirecTV and HBO Canada, Saving Hope on NBC and CTV and the upcoming DirecTV drama Rogue starring Thandie Newton.
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