Jan Harlan served as an executive producer for a few of legendary director, Stanley Kubrick's films. Specifically, Harlan produced: Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut, and Full Metal Jacket, and he served as an assistant to the producer on A Clockwork Orange.
Last week Harlan sat as one of the three jury members at the Bermuda International Film Festival. Before taking part in a panel discussion, Harlan sat down with for a little chat. Here's a few of the best bits: of Indiewire
Harlan on his favorite Kubrick film:
I think it's "Eyes Wide Shut' but I'm not objective because it may very well be because it was the last time I worked with him, it was the last experience that's imprinted on my mind. And we talked also about "Traumnovelle" for over thirty years, you know on and off. There was one point when he though of doing it as a black and white, very cheap art house movie with Woody Allen in the lead. With Woody Allen playing a straight, Jewish, American doctor in New York. What he liked is universal; it's a universal truth about the total destruction of jealousy and sexual fantasy where everybody in the audience is an expert. So it's a tricky one. But anyway he wanted it in New York and he wasn't happy with the script and so he abandoned it and then "The Shining" was a walk in the park in comparison, because it's easy, you can do whatever you like. Nothing has to make sense, it doesn't matter you can do what you like.
On how he feels about The Shining documentary, Room 237:
Ah, so idiotic. Of course I did. There's nothing to like. It's just dumb. I mean [the filmmaker] obviously waited until Kubrick died. This happened to him in many cases, also this whole story about him doing a fake moon landing. This was only possible after he was dead. People come like worms; they creep out and take advantage of a guy who can't sue from the grave. At any rate, I don't worry about things like that.
Why the lost Napoleon project never came together and that it could be a TV show:
That's a question for film studio executives to decide because they have to evaluate, quite rightly, the cost of doing it versus the potential audience, and I cannot judge this. Right now we are talking about maybe a television series; that would be the solution, no doubt.