Spielberg to work on Kubrick's Napoleon drama for TV

Director tells French TV that he is to take on Kubrick's ambitious project

Steven Spielberg is to take up a script written by Stanley Kubrick about Napoleon and develop it into a TV mini-series, according to reports.

The director of 'Lincoln' revealed his plans in an interview with French network Canal Plus.

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Spielberg... to take on Kubrick's Napoleon project for TV (Copyright: Rex)

“I've been developing Stanley Kubrick's screenplay - for a miniseries not for a motion picture - about the life of Napoleon. Kubrick wrote the script in 1961, a long time ago,” he said.

Kubrick famously did a vast amount of work on a film project based on the French emperor, but could not persuade MGM or United Artists to give him the money to make it.

It wouldn't be the first time that Spielberg has taken up one of Kubrick's projects, after he finished Kubrick's 'AI: Artificial Intelligence' in 2001 after the director's death in 1999.

It also follows reports that Spielberg and Tom Hanks are planning another World War II-based mini-series for HBO, following up from the pair's acclaimed 'Band of Brothers' and 'The Pacific'.

Spielberg recently put on hold indefinitely his plans to adapt the novel 'Robopocalypse' for the screen, despite reportedly having Anne Hathaway and Chris Hemsworth in line for starring roles.