News & Opinion | July 16, 2018 9:37 am

Lost Stanley Kubrick Screenplay Found 60 Years After It Was Written

"Burning Secret" is so close to completion it could be developed into a feature film.

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Director Stanley Kubrick on the set of the Warner Bros movie 'The Shining' in 1980 at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England. (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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A “lost” screenplay by director Stanley Kubrick has been discovered. The screenplay is so close to completion that it could be developed into a feature movie by filmmakers, reports The Guardian. Kubrick’s world war classic, Paths of Glory, is widely considered to be one of cinema’s most powerful anti-war movies. It was widely acclaimed as a masterpiece, as was Kubrick’s Roman epic, Spartacus. The lost screenplay, entitled Burning Secret, is an adaptation of the 1913 novella by the Viennese writer Stefan Zweig. The story is set in a spa resort and shows a suave and predatory man who befriends a 10-year-old boy in order to use him to seduce the child’s married mother. It was written in 1956 with the novelist Calder Willingham.

The screenplay was found by Nathan Abrams, professor in film at Bangor University. She said, “I couldn’t believe it. It’s so exciting. It was believed to have been lost,” according to The Guardian.