Way back in 2006, it was reported that a long lost project from the late director Stanley Kubrick was being shepherded by his son-in-law and now it seems the project is starting to move forward. Production Weekly is reporting that Iron Man 2 stars Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell have signed on to star in Lunatic at Large.
Stephen Clarke wrote the script based off a treatment from novelist Jim Thompson and filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, which was thought to be lost when it was found by Kubrick's son-in-law, Philip Hobbs, who is also an archivist, after Kubrick's death. Clarke wrote the screenplay based off that treatment, and here's a description of the script, from a 2006 New York Times article.
Set in New York in 1956, it tells the story of Johnnie Sheppard, an ex-carnival worker with serious anger-management issues, and Joyce, a nervous, attractive barfly he picks up in a Hopperesque tavern scene. There's a newsboy who flashes a portentous headline, a car chase over a railroad crossing with a train bearing down, and a romantic interlude in a spooky, deserted mountain lodge.
The great set piece is a nighttime carnival sequence in which Joyce, lost and afraid, wanders among the tents and encounters a sideshow's worth of familiar carnie types: the Alligator Man, the Mule-Faced Woman, the Midget Monkey Girl, the Human Blockhead, with the inevitable noggin full of nails.
Back in 2006, it was said that Chris Palmer was set to direct the project, but it wasn't clear if he was still involved in the film. No production schedule was given and we'll be sure to keep you posted on any further details on this project.