A long-lost screenplay by American film director Stanley Kubrick, which was discovered by Bangor University Professor Nathan Abrams, will be sold at a New York auction later this month.
Professor Abrams discovered the 1956 screenplay this summer, while he was researching for his book about Kubrick, “Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film”.
The 100-page plus screenplay, is titled ‘Burning Secret’ and follows the story a predatory man who befriends a young boy in order to seduce his married mother, but Professor Abrams thinks the film might have been too “risqué” back in the Fifties and that’s the reason the film was shelved.
Kubrick masterminded film classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, psycho-thriller The Shining, Vietnam war film Full Metal Jacket and his last film Eyes Wide Shut, which was completed just before Kubrick died in 1999.
It’s now predicted the screenplay could be sold for up to $20,000 at the auction at Bonhams in New York on 20th November. It is unknown whether the new owner could actually make a new posthumous Kubrick film.
Professor Abrams said: “For a long time, the script was lost. It was not even known if it was completed.
“It would be fantastic to see this published, maybe with some commentary, it’s a full screenplay so could be completed by film-makers today.”
Nathan Abrams, Professor of Film Studies at Bangor University