For the great directors, there's usually at least one enormous project left behind, tucked away in a drawer. Stanley Kubrick had at least two, including Aryan Papers and Napoleon. David Lean had two, Lawbreakers and The Long Arm, which he envisioned being released as a two-film double masterpiece about the famous insurrection aboard the HMS Bounty in 1789. The first film would deal with the actions of Fletcher Christian and his band of mutineers, and the second would deal with Captain Bligh's miraculous escape and trek of several thousand nautical miles, finally arriving in England a year after the mutiny, alive and able to tell the tale. Though Lean ultimately failed to secure financing for his films, a greatly condensed version of the project was put into production in the early 80s, resulting in an Academy-award worthy two-hour film called The Bounty.

tags drama
categories Cinematical