Stanley contributed to the screenplay for the 1996 film The Island of Dr. Moreau but was fired as director at Val Kilmer's insistence and replaced by John Frankenheimer; the film was nominated for the 1996 Golden Raspberry Awards in several categories, including "worst picture" and "worst screenplay". During this period he also turned down the director's chair for Judge Dredd (1995) and Spiceworld (1997) which both earned a number of Razzie nominations and one win.
He has since completed two documentary films, The Secret Glory in 2001, examining SS officer Otto Rahn's search for the Holy Grail and The White Darkness in 2002 which examines voodoo practices in Haiti. Following several festival screenings worldwide, both documentaries appeared in the Dust Devil DVD box-set, released by Subversive Cinema in September 2006.
His most recent efforts include a number of short films released online. The sci-fi story The Sea of Perdition premiered in October 2006 at the Festival de Cine de Sitges, and has since been made available through the editor's MySpace. This stars Maggie Moor who co-wrote and stars in another short film by Stanley, Black Tulips, which is available online from her site.
Stanley, working again with Moor, has a feature film in development, with the working title Vacation, which he intends to film in the Canary Islands in 2007. The plot involves an American couple holidaying in the Middle East when nuclear war breaks out. He is also pencilled in to direct a 2008 film he wrote, called Bones of the Earth, about a veteran from the recent wars in Afghanistan on a Scottish deer hunt gone wrong.
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