Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2) and Sam Rockwell (Moon) are reportedly set to star in Lunatic at Large, a long-lost Stanley Kubrick (The Shining) project based on a 1950’s treatment from “The Killer Inside Me” author Jim Thompson.
(Breaking News: Nude pics of Johansson have been leaked)
Discovered after Kubrick’s death in 1999 by his son-in-law Philip Hobbs, the Lunatic at Large treatment was adapted by screenwriter Stephen R. Clarke in 2006.
That year, Clarke leaked the following script details to the New York Times:
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.
Johansson will most likely play Joyce the barfly. No word yet on whether she gets punched in the face.
It’s also unclear if Clarke will remain on board as screenwriter now that the project is moving forward.