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Marc Forster to direct film based on Stanley Kubrick's Downslope script

Marc Forster directs Quantum of Solace

Story by Jack Foley

MARC Forster is to direct a film based on Stanley Kubrick’s 1956 screenplay The Downslope.

The screenplay in question was penned by Kubrick following the release of his Fear and Desire, and prior to directing his critically-acclaimed World War I piece Paths of Glory.

An anti-war story based on historical events, the script focuses on a series of bitter but highly strategic American Civil War battles that took place between Union General George Armstrong Custer and Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby, known as the Gray Ghost for his stealth and elusiveness, in the Shenandoah Valley.

The latter’s cavalrymen, known as Mosby’s Rangers, continually outsmarted the much larger enemy forces in a sequence of raids, which enraged Custer and eventually created a fierce cycle of revenge between the two men.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Forster’s film is intended to be the first in a trilogy, which will then expand on Kubrick’s story.

Forster commented: “I am indebted to Stanley Kubrick and his visionary films. It is an honour and a huge responsibility to take on this project, and we’re thankful to his family for their support.

“This is a powerful work, an epic story, with its psychological landscape of brother pitted against brother, and friend against friend. We believe it will be an incredibly interesting trilogy, and a great experience sharing our mutual passion of Kubrick’s vision.”

Forster most recently directed the Brad Pitt zombie blockbuster World War Z and has also helmed James Bond adventure Quantum of Solace as well as The Kite Runner.

He is currently directing the dramatic thriller All I See Is You, which stars Blake Lively as a blind woman who begins to learn disturbing things about her husband (Jason Clarke) after her sight is restored. That film is based on a script that Forster has penned himself.

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