Stanley Kubrick’s long-lost script “Burning Secret” is going up for auction at Bonhams New York later this month with Deadline reporting that the screenplay is expected to fetch in the region of $20,000.
An adaptation of the 1913 novella by Austrian writer Stefan Zweig and dubbed an ‘inverse Lolita’, the story follows a suave insurance salesman who befriends a ten-year-old boy at a spa resort so he is able seduce the child’s married mother.
Penned in 1956 with American novelist Calder Willingham, with both going on to collaborate on “Paths Of Glory” the following year, Kubrick’s version transfers the story to America of the 1950s. Certified by Kubrick experts and said to be virtually complete, the question has been raised as to whether a film or TV company will be interested.
The talk comes as Orson Welles’ semi-complete final movie finally saw a release on Netflix last week.