Is Steven Spielberg's Lincoln Project Still Next After Tintin?
Everyone knows that in Hollywood, nothing is officially "in production" until the cameras start rolling. So despite the report in May that Steven Spielberg would move on to shoot his Lincoln movie after finishing Tintin, we're still skeptical about whether or not that might actually happen. The only updates Spielberg gave to press yesterday, after receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes, were that the project is still "coming together really quickly." I guess that means it's still on track. Although its star, Liam Neeson, told ComingSoon today that he hasn't seen or a script and doesn't know the plans yet.
Neeson has been attached to play our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, for a few years now. "He asked me four years ago would I play this part and I most certainly said I would. He'll do it whenever he's ready to do it, but it's in the works," Neeson said. "I don't know (anything) other than what you know." In reality, we really don't know much about this project or even what the story will really be about. Of course it's a cinematic retelling of the life of Abraham Lincoln, who died in 1865, but at what age will it focus on him and will it lead right up to his assassination or otherwise - those are all questions that still remain unanswered.
Given this update on Lincoln doesn't provide much for us to mull over, I'm going to take this opportunity to mention how depressing it is that Spielberg's two upcoming projects are films that I don't really care about. Normally when Spielberg gets attached to something, it becomes the next big thing that we follow all the way to its release. But for whatever reason, both Tintin and Lincoln have no buzz at all. I think the lack of interest in Tintin comes from our disconnect with the material; and I think the lack of interest in Lincoln comes from not really wanting to see a period piece from Spielberg anymore. What do you think?