Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Scarlett Freaks Out @ Kubrick's "Lunatic At Large"

The 80-page film treatment "Lunatic at Large", written in the 1950's by pulp magazine author Jim Thompson ("The Grifters") for director/producer Stanley Kubrick ("A Clockwork Orange") ) has been adapted into a screenplay for actors Sam Rockwell and Scarlett Johansson.

Kubrick's son-in-law, Philip Hobbs, discovered the original treatment in 1999, while archiving Kubrick's papers.

"When Stanley died, he left behind lots of paperwork," Hobbs said. "We ended up going through trunks of it, and one day we came across 'Lunatic at Large.' I knew what it was right away, because I remember Stanley talking about 'Lunatic.' He was always saying he wished he knew where it was, because it was such a great idea."

Author Thompson had previously worked with Kubrick on the 1956 feature "The Killing".

Premise of "Lunatic", a crime thriller set in New York. circa 1956, follows former carnival worker 'Johnnie Sheppard' and 'Joyce', a barfly he picks up in a tavern. In one sequence, Joyce winds up, lost and afraid, wandering through a carnival, bumping into a variety of sideshow 'freaks'...