Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

It’s been almost exactly two years since we heard Steven Spielberg would be directing The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, based on David Kertzer’s book of the same name about the true story of a young Jewish boy who is kidnapped by the Catholic Church in order to complete his conversion after being secretly baptized by a family servant. The film was said to reteam Spielberg with Lincoln and Munich writer Tony Kushner, and now the project will have another reunion for the director as well.

Mark Rylance, who just won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Speilberg’s Best Picture nominated Bridge of Spies, has landed a role in the film. Following The BFG, hitting theaters later this year, this will be the third project in a row where Spielberg and Rylance have worked together. It sounds like they’re becoming great collaborators.

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Steven Spielberg‘s last collaboration with screenwriter Tony Kushner was so successful, the pair are teaming up again. Spielberg plans to direct The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara based on a screenplay by Kushner. Mortara was an Italian Jew who made international headlines when he was removed from his home and raised as a Catholic in 1858.

The film will not be Spielberg’s next film, however. He’s still deciding between going back to Robopocalypse or Montezuma. The former much further along having just completed a total rewrite. Read More »