Spielberg Filming Lincoln Movie After Tintin
With Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull hitting theaters in 10 more days, we're sure to hear a lot from Steven Spielberg over the next few weeks. He's directed films set in 1936, 1944, 1957, 1972, even 2054, but now Spielberg will head all the way back to 1865. After finishing his segment of Tintin this fall, Spielberg will move on to direct Lincoln in 2009. It was initially thought that he might direct The Trial of the Chicago 7 next, but issues with the script have prevented that project from moving forward. Instead, it sounds like Lincoln, a film about the life of our 16th president, will officially be Spielberg's gig film after he finishes Tintin. Are you excited to see the "guy on the penny" come to life on the big screen?
The report comes from a German magazine named FOCUS via Variety. They say that Spielberg could pull off back-to-back schedules like this without a hitch and that the script is strong enough for the film to be fast tracked into production, whereas The Trial of the Chicago 7's script needs more work. Lincoln's screenplay is loosely based on the biography titled "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" written by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. It was adapted by playwright Tony Kushner, who also wrote Munich.
Beyond a good script, Liam Neeson agreed to play Lincoln years ago and is still waiting to start. Almost everything is in place with Lincoln, which is why it makes the most sense for Spielberg to jump onto that film next. I can't exactly say I'm looking forward to seeing a 19th century period film about Abraham Lincoln, who seems to get made fun of (with his beard and top hat) more than accurately portrayed. However, it is Spielberg, so I'm sure it'll be great no matter what. I'll be one to say that he rarely screws up - even I enjoyed War of the Worlds and The Terminal.
As we all know, nothing is truly set in stone in Hollywood until contracts are signed, and until Steven Spielberg is actually shooting, we won't officially claim anything about his future. Although FOCUS confirms this from Spielberg himself, it's still best to hold out until we hear more. Is anyone actually looking forward to Spielberg's Lincoln movie at all?
Special bonus to anyone who can name the movies that were set in those five years mentioned in the opening paragraph.