(Welcome to 21st Century Spielberg, an ongoing column that examines the challenging, sometimes misunderstood 21st century filmography of one of our greatest living filmmakers, Steven Spielberg. In this edition: War of the Worlds and Munich.)

In 1993, Steven Spielberg reached the pinnacle of his career. The perfect encapsulation of his considerable talents. In June of that year, he released Jurassic Park, one of the biggest blockbusters to ever roar its way out of Hollywood. Blending Spielberg’s gift for visual storytelling with cutting-edge technology, Jurassic Park confirmed Spielberg as an unstoppable movie-making master – a man who could make the impossible possible. By December of that same year, the filmmaker would release something altogether different – Schindler’s List. A searing, wrenching drama rooted in the Holocaust, it would go on to win Spielberg his first Best Director and Best Picture Oscars. It was the biggest artistic triumph of his métier. The fact that one filmmaker delivered Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List in the same year is often remarked upon, and marveled over. 

But perhaps more remarkable is the fact that in 2005, Steven Spielberg did it again.

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West Side Story Remake Photo

Last month, we got our first look at Steven Spielberg‘s remake of West Side Story starring Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler in the musical take on the classic star-crossed romance of Romeo & Juliet. That photo also included David Alvarez (Billy Elliott: The Musical) and Josh Andrés Rivera (Hamilton) as Maria’s brother and Sharks leader Bernardo and gang member Chino, respectively. But one key character was missing from that photo, and we’ve gotten a first look at her today. Read More »

west side story first look

Can you hear that? It’s the sound of fingers snapping menacingly as the rival Jets and the Sharks gangs prepare to face off on the big screen once again in Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming West Side Story. Amblin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox have released the first look at Spielberg’s remake of the beloved musical last adapted as the classic 1961 film starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer. Now, Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler take center stage as the new Tony and Maria in the West Side Story first look.

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Steven Spielberg Quibi Series

Quibi, the strangely-named streaming service that will specialize in short-form content, is lining-up some heavy hitters – and they don’t come any heavier than Steven SpielbergJeffrey Katzenberg, the mogul behind Quibi and close personal friend of Spielberg, revealed that the blockbuster filmmaker is writing something “creepy” and “super scary.” The idea of Spielberg writing a streaming series is a bit ironic, since the legendary director has railed against the evils of streaming in the past. But if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, as they say.

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saving private ryan returning to theaters

One of Steven Spielberg‘s biggest achievements, Saving Private Ryan, will return to theaters to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Spielberg’s 1998 World War II movie earned widespread acclaim, and won the filmmaker an Academy Award for Best Director. Fathom Events will bring the movie back to theaters for two days in June.

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ET The Extra Terrestrial Print

While Drew Struzan is probably the most recognized artist behind some of the most famous movie posters of all-time, the work of the late John Alvin is a close second. Alvin’s work graced the posters for movies like Blade Runner, Gremlins, The Goonies, Batman Returns, and Disney’s 1990s classics like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King. Now arguably his most famous poster, created for Steven Spielberg‘s classic  E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, will be made available as a new print approved by Universal Pictures and John Alvin’s wife Andrea Alvin. Read More »

the talisman movie update

The Talisman, the fantasy-horror novel from Stephen King and Peter Straub, has been in one stage or another of film or TV development before it even hit bookshelves in 1984. Steven Spielberg snapped up the film rights immediately and has been working with Amblin to bring the book to life – with nothing to show for it…yet. Now, Amblin is trying once again, with Handmaid’s Tale director Mike Barker at the helm and Chris Sparling handling the script.

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Floria Sigismondi Amblin project

Too often we refer to Amblin as a studio of yesteryear, but Steven Spielberg‘s production company is still pumping out movies today. And its latest movie acquisition sounds like it’s straight out of their classic catalogue. Amblin has acquired the rights to The Mother Code, based on the novel by Silicon Valley biochemist Carole Stivers. The story is centered on a child raised by an artificially intelligent robot who must fight to save his family after the government decides to destroy the machines.

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Spielberg and Netflix

After several bloody days of the Steven Spielberg vs. Netflix war, we may have finally arrived at a ceasefire. Despite reports to the contrary, Spielberg friend and colleague Jeffrey Katzenberg says that the filmmaker has no desire to change Academy rules to hinder Netflix. Apparently, this entire thing was a huge misunderstanding, with someone misquoting something someone else – not Spielberg – said. Is that it then? Can we all finally move on from this?

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steven spielberg netflix controversy

Steven Spielberg is having a moment right now, and I don’t mean in terms of his filmmaking. The acclaimed director has been making headlines lately because he can’t stop complaining about Netflix. Spielberg just can’t wrap his head around this whole “streaming movies at home instead of going to the theater” thing, and feels so serious about this that he’s taking his complaints to the Academy. Now, Netflix has responded…via Twitter. Really though, I’d like for this entire conflict to end, because it’s getting depressing.

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