Sam Rockwell Is Kubrick’s “Lunatic at Large”

Sam Rockwell and Scarlett Johansson will re-team on “Lunatic at Large”, a film based on a story by novelist Jim Thompson (“The Killer Inside Me”) says Production Weekly.

Set in mid 50’s New York City, the story follows an aggressive ex-carnival worker and the shy but attractive woman he picks up in a bar. Their night soon has some strange elements to it including a spooky mountain lodge, a car chase, and various portents of doom. A nighttime carnival sequence becomes a big set piece.

Thompson penned a treatment of the film for filmmaker Stanley Kubrick back in the 50’s with whom he had worked twice before on “The Killing” and “Paths of Glory”. That treatment wasn’t discovered until after Kubrick’s death in 1999.

Scribe Stephen Clarke has penned the script which expands on that treatment while Chris Palmer will direct. Rockwell and Johansson both star in the upcoming “Iron Man” sequel.