The genesis of "Artificial Intelligence" goes back more than ten years, and
is intimately linked to the man that some people consider to be the director
of the century: Stanley Kubrick. In 1994, Stanley Kubrick officially
announced that his next project would be a film code-named "A.I.". Following
"Full Metal Jacket", the plot was already shrouded in mystery... It was only
possible to know that the film would be based on a short story by Brain
Aldiss, "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long". However, before beginning the
production of "A.I." Kubrick decided to make a more intimate film with the
Kidman-Cruise duo. This film, entitled "Eyes Wide Shut", would in fact be
his last, with the death of the film-maker in March 1999 just before its
release. His death seemed equally to signal the end of the "A.I." project...
However, Steven Spielberg soon made his interest known in taking over the
geniusí unfinished work. This is not so surprising when you think that the
two friends had worked together on the project and that Kubrick considered
Spielberg to be the only person capable of carrying off the film, if he
himself was not able to finish it. At the announcement of the film in 1994,
Kubrick had explained how it was only in seeing "Jurassic Park" that the
project had come back into his mind. With the prodigious developments in
special effects and computer-generated animation, he felt that the images he
had in his mind could at last be accurately depicted on the screen.
After the masterís death, it is now up to Spielberg to bring these images to
life on the big screen...