25 years after hit movie Full Metal Jacket which starred Mathew Modine and was directed by Stanley Kubrick was released, the crew and cast of this war-time epic movie have another reason to celebrate. The Full Metal Jacket Diary, initially published as a limited edition book in 2005 has been developed into an iPad application. Readers can now access the book anytime they want to read it.
The diary was written by actor Modine, who was encouraged by Kubrick to keep a diary as part of his research for his role as a war reporter for Stars and Stripes. The whole experience, which Modine describes as “amazing”, took about two years of his life.
WIRED’s Gadget Lab describes this latest version of the book as “about as close to a behind-the-scenes documentary as you can get without actual video.” In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Modine says that the constant encouragement he received from Kubrick to read his diary in front of the cast and crew during the production days pushed him to be a better writer. He says that 25 years on, he still feels that Full Metal Jacket is as significant a film as it was when it was released in 1987.
In other news, it seems that Kubrick’s two unfilmed screen plays will have their day soon. Funded by Entertainment One, these two films are already in production, one as a TV Movie and the other as a miniseries. This is obviously good news for Kubrick fans who eagerly await the release of these two flicks.