NEW YORK — Optimistic whispers at Warner Bros. have Stanley Kubrick eyeing Labor Day as the wrap date of “Eyes Wide Shut,” the Tom Cruise-Nicole Kidman starrer which might go down as the longest shoot in recent movie history. According to Daily Variety production charts, the secrecy-shrouded film began production in early November. Figuring that it wraps Sept. 1 — it could easily go longer — that would mean it will have been shooting about 300 days, exceeding the estimated 200 days Kubrick took to shoot “The Shining.”
While James Cameron and other directors are criticized for shoots exceeding 100 days, little attention has been paid Kubrick — even though he’s kept one of Hollywood’s most bankable duos, Cruise and Kidman, off the market for nearly a year. Mind you, they were fully aware of this possibility when they signed for the film: Their contracts didn’t have stop dates.
The snail’s pace didn’t wear nearly as well on Harvey Keitel, who after more than a month in England and no more than a few days’ work, left the picture, ostensibly because he’d agreed to play Elvis Presley in “Graceland.” Keitel was replaced by director Sydney Pollack.