“World War Z” and “Quantum of Solace” helmer Marc Forster is attached to direct and produce the first film in a proposed film trilogy based on Stanley Kubrick’s original 1956 screenplay “The Downslope”.
The project is described as a a sweeping, historical anti-war action-drama which Kubrick penned between the release of his early films “Fear and Desire” and “Paths of Glory”. Kubrick spent years developing and writing the story, creating detailed notes about how to film it and using the help of renowned Civil War historian Shelby Foote.
The story focuses on the bitter, strategic series of Civil War battles in the Shenandoah Valley between Union General George Armstrong Custer and Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby.
Mosby’s cavalrymen continually outsmarted the much larger enemy forces in a sequence of raids, enraging Custer and setting both on a course for fierce revenge.
With the expansion to a trilogy, the films will journey west and follow post-war Americans settling the new frontier.
Forster will also produce the subsequent features which is said to have the full support from the Kubrick family. Lauren Selig (“Lone Survivor”), Barry Levine (“Oblivion”) and Renee Wolfe (“All I See Is You”) are developing the material with Forster, while Phil Hobbs and Steve Lanning will produce.