Who should direct 'Napoleon' if Steven Spielberg doesn't?
We review some potential helmers who could do Kubrick right
Another arthouse major who recently crossed over to the small screen with his elegant, multi-award-winning reinterpretation of “Mildred Pierce,” Haynes seems a slight stretch of the imagination for this project: his interest in history (on film, at least) has skewed more towards pop than politics, and his biopics have either been enacted with Barbie dolls instead of actors (“Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story”) or splintered their subject into multiple personae (the aptly named “I'm Not There”), neither of which I suspect is an approach Spielberg has in mind. Still, there's a first time for everything, and it would be fascinating to see Haynes cross centuries by positioning Napoleon as a kind of historical rock star, while his queer sensibility could add interesting textures to the Emperor's personal life.
- Guy Lodge