Back in August, we learned that Steven Spielberg had decided to remake the Jimmy Stewart classic, Harvey. We’ve heard little else about the film since then, aside from the fact that Tom Hanks didn’t want the lead role, and today it appears that we won’t be hearing much else for some time. Spielberg has apparently left the project after creative disputes with his latest potential lead, Robert Downey Jr.
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Here’s a novel approach to a potential film rivalry: view the other party as marketing for your own project. Steven Spielberg has wanted to make a biopic of Abraham Lincoln for quite some time, but various roadblocks have been put in the project’s path. The film, currently planned to be based on a script by Tony Kushner, would focus primarily on the Civil War, and Lincoln’s unhappy appraisal of the war’s effect. But there’s a competing project: Robert Redford’s The Conspirator, recently confirmed to star Robin Wright Penn and James McAvoy, which focuses on the Lincoln assassination plot. But Spielberg isn’t looking at the Redford film as a rival; more like an ad for his own. Read More »
When Steven Spielberg set a new version of Harvey as his next film, speculation quickly turned to the possible star of the movie. Since Spielberg has worked closely with Tom Hanks, a man said in many respects to be the modern Jimmy Stewart, who starred in the original film version of Harvey, naturally his name came up. Now Variety says that Hanks isn’t interested in the role for precisely that reason. That leaves a few obvious big-name choices like Will Smith and Tom Cruise, both of whom I’d humbly hope Spielberg would avoid with extreme prejudice. Cruise isn’t much of a worry, since he’s busy, but Smith isn’t locked into projects, which makes casting him seem like an obvious layup for Spielberg. (It would also be further setup for that Oldboy remake, and we still don’t need that.) Who else could fill the shoes of a regular Joe whose best friend is an invisible talking rabbit? Read More »
In this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley assess their conflicting feelings on new trailers for A Serious Man and The Fantastic Mr. Fox, get excited for Spielberg’s next film, praise the third season of Dexter, and wonder if there’s any value to the works of Gregg Araki. Special guest C. Robert Cargill from Aint It Cool News joins us for this episode.
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Steven Spielberg has decided on his next film project — a contemporary adaptation of Mary Chase’s play Harvey for 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks.
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