Steven Spielberg Says Goodbye to DreamWorks' Harvey Remake
by Ethan Anderton
December 4, 2009
Putting aside preferences for certain actors, directors, writers, and so on, there's no denying that putting together a movie is one damn difficult task no matter the talent trying to put it together. A recent article from Variety proves just that as it informs us that iconic director Steven Spielberg has given up on his recent taking on of Harvey, the remake of the 1950 Jimmy Stewart film about a man who befriends a six and a half foot tall invisible rabbit. Though it doesn't sound like a bitter departure, it sounds like Spielberg was getting frustrated with not only finding the right actor, but figuring out the right approach to the story.
After Tom Hanks quickly turned down the lead role of Elwood P. Dowd (citing too many similarities between him and Jimmy Stewart already without starring in a remake of one of his films), Spielberg had his eyes on Robert Downey, Jr. After meeting with Spielberg, there wasn't an immediate commitment though, as the actor had some suggestions regarding the script written by Jonathan Tropper. Unfortunately, Downey and Spielberg never quite got on the same creative footing and Spielberg decided to call it quits in the end.
Personally, I can't say that I'm disappointed. I'd rather see Spielberg move on to his long gestating Abraham Lincoln biopic (which he swears is coming) or even the briefly mentioned science fiction project Interstellar that's supposedly being written by Jonathan Nolan. There's already too many remakes out there for one of Hollywood's best directors to be throwing another one into the mix. Whatever he decides to do next, though, I hope he gets on it soon because it's been a year and a half since we saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and Spielberg needs a strong return to proper form. Pick another project, Mr. Spielberg!