One of the most famous films never made, Napoleon was a dream project for director Stanley Kubrick after the release of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), for which he won an Oscar for Special Effects. However, numerous factors (particularly the perilous financial situation of MGM) meant that it would remain a dream instead of a finalized film.
The extensive documentation and other research from the project was later compiled into a lavish book, Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon : The Greatest Movie Never Made, edited by Alison Castle and published by Taschen in 2009.
The collection includes various drafts of the script as well as a facsimile final draft, costume and location scouting research, and notes on Napoleonic research for the film. The deluxe version was printed in a limited edition of 1000, with copy 0399 held at the Margaret Herrick Library.