Steven Spielberg is Directing a Remake of 'Harvey' Next
by Alex Billington
August 2, 2009
Last week we wrote about how Steven Spielberg was interested in directing a Matt Helm movie, although he still hadn't chosen what he would be directing next. Well, he has chosen his next project, and it's a contemporary adaptation of Mary Chase's play Harvey. The play is about a man and his friendship with an invisible, six-foot tall rabbit. 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks will co-produce the project. "I am very happy to be working again with my friend Tom Rothman who shepherded us through Minority Report, and with Elizabeth and Carla, who I'm looking forward to collaborating with." Spielberg said in a press release.
Harvey was previously adapted into a movie in 1950 with James Stewart. Novelist Jonathan Tropper has written the adaptation for the new version that Spielberg will direct. It's a wonderful play, as I was actually involved in a production of it years ago, but it's not at all anything I'd imagine someone like Spielberg would be interested in. No casting is in place yet, but pre-production is to begin immediately, with filming set to begin after the first of the year. I'm very curious to see what he'll do with this, as I expect him to twist the plot a bit in ways we haven't seen before. We'll keep you updated on casting and other details as they arrive!