HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 06: Steven Spielberg attends the 2022 AFI Fest - "The Fabelmans" Closing Night Gala Premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 06, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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How The Pandemic Inspired Steven Spielberg To Make The Fabelmans
Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” is undoubtedly the filmmaker's most personal project yet, giving a peak into his early life and speaking to the power of storytelling. However, given the subject matter, the film proved challenging for the famous director, and it might not have happened at all unless the pandemic gave him the push he needed.
The uncertainty of the pandemic helped the filmmaker realize what story he needed to tell. He recalled, “I’m going to tell a story that I’ve always wanted to tell about a coming-of-age […] this may be the best time, with all the time I had on my hands, to sit with [co-writer Tony Kushner] and decide to write this,” but the difficulties didn’t end there.
Spielberg explained that the movie was “a very daunting experience because I was attempting in a semi-empirical way to recreate huge recollections […] Just the responsibility of that began to build.” Likewise, shooting was difficult, and Spielberg called it “emotionally, a very difficult experience. Not all of it, but some of it was really, really hard to get through.”