Iconic filmmaker Stanley Kubrick has been dead for two decades, but the man’s infamous vault of unfinished projects is still being mined for material. It turns out, Kubrick had finished a script for a movie called God Fearing Man, which tells the insane, true story of Hebert Emerson Wilson, a Canadian minister who turned to a life of safecracking and became one of the most successful bank robbers in modern history.
Wilson wrote his own story in a book titled I Stole $16,000,000. The book apparently attracted the attention of Kubrick soon after its publication, who adapted the story to a script that he intended to film. Kubrick never got around to it, and another attempt to film the story fizzled even after Dexter star Michael C. Hall signed on to star back in 2014.
But new European production company Media Musketeers evidently sees potential in the story as a TV miniseries and intends to go full-speed ahead into production, with production starting next year.
According to the back of I Stole $16,000,000, the story chronicles Emerson Wilson’s “long criminal career [during which] he knocked over enough banks and businesses to amass huge fortunes, all of which he lost, just about as fast has he gained them. … It’s a cautionary tale for those who consider the criminal life, but Wilson refrains from preaching. Instead he tells, in a matter of fact voice, how he became one of American history’s most notorious safecrackers. … It’s a story that deserves to be read and remembered by generations to come.”
No words on any talent involved at the moment, save for one very promising name: Philip Hobbs, who produced Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, will also produce here.