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Title: Future Spielberg
Post by: MacGuffin on July 18, 2006, 11:39:28 AM
SpielbergFilms interviews Steven Spielberg

On Saturday, July 15, I had the honor of attending the Chicago International Film Festival’s (CIFF) Tribute to Steven Spielberg. Mr. Spielberg was in Chicago to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the CIFF for his three decades of incomparable work as a filmmaker. Through the kindness of DreamWorks and Steven Spielberg, SpielbergFilms was able to attend the pre-event red carpet, and then the event itself in which one of Mr. Spielberg’s closest friends presented him with the CIFF’s Gold Hugo award.

I compiled pages of notes while I was waiting for the red carpet activities to begin —personal observations, anticipatory thoughts of the potential of finally meeting Mr. Spielberg after nearly 30 years of admiring his work, funny asides on some of the chaos the media brings on their heels to events such as these. For the sake of brevity and focus on what follows below, I’ll keep the majority of these items stored away for another day.

Two quick personal memories to begin, however.

First, while I was wandering around the press area set up within the lovely Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, I noticed an oddly shaped little statue resting on a windowsill. At first, it almost looked like a religious statue, so I wandered over to see what such a malapropos effigy would be doing sitting in the hotel.

Right as it dawned on me that I was looking at Mr. Spielberg’s Gold Hugo, Monique from PMK/HBH (the public relations firm who organized the event for the Fest) walked up beside me and said she was just coming to retrieve old Hugo. Kindly, she let me hold the award and asked if I’d like to read the inscription written to Mr. Spielberg. Apart from ever holding his three Oscars, it was pretty neat.

Next, despite my hope of always presenting myself as professionally as possible on SpielbergFilms, I’m going to get personal if you’ll grant me a moment. I was waiting in the press area for a good hour, hour-and-a-half before the event began, and my anticipation at finally seeing Mr. Spielberg in person, let alone potentially meeting him was overwhelming. I felt like the poor sap in all the war films that loses it in the foxhole right before the battle commences. Would I run out into the fray prematurely, madly, only to be shot down?

Of course not. But I had to keep drying my hands and calming my racing mind just the same.

And then, Monique destroyed that Zen state I’d been struggling for by rushing out to the red carpet with an excited, “Mr. Spielberg is coming, Mr. Spielberg is coming!”

The room burst into a din of sound, popping flashbulbs and activity.

I was positioned at the last spot on the carpet so I was able to get a view of Mr. Spielberg working his way through the various media. (When I first met with Monique, she was embarrassed to tell me I was at the end of the line, but having never been on a press line I didn’t see anything bad with this, plus I was told Mr. Spielberg wanted me there so I could wander freely throughout the event. Can you beat that?) From my vantage, it was incredible to see Mr. Spielberg at work. We’ve all seen the edited sound bites and read what information reporters bring back from such events, but seeing a view apart from what the camera captures was telling. You’re unlikely to come across many who know how to address the press better than Steven Spielberg (what with over 30 years in the industry), and I was watching a master as he talked with CBS’ Bill Zwecker in the most friendly, animated way.

During his walk down the press line, I could also see writers and photographers pushing and jockeying out of their assigned stations and into a throng intent on getting the best images and tidbits of information they could from Mr. Spielberg. Through it all, he remained incredibly focused on the individual reporter he was addressing, grace and calm in an absolute hurricane.

Eventually, the moment drew near as Mr. Spielberg rounded the bend and talked with a friendly journalist from the Tribune’s Metromix.com that I’d been talking with for the last hour. The journalist asked Mr. Spielberg one great, serious question and one really funny, intentionally silly question (about whether Spielberg would want to battle dinosaurs, aliens or sharks).

Then, the eye of the storm fell upon me. Thirty years of living and breathing the wondrous, horrifying, inspiring, and transcendent images that Steven Spielberg has given us all came to a pinnacle for me as I was introduced to Mr. Spielberg as Steven from SpielbergFilms.com.

Awalt: Hi, sir. I’m pleased to finally meet you! I’m Steven.

Spielberg: Wow. SpielbergFilms.com. How are you? Wow. You got my letter?

Awalt: I’m good. I did, thank you so much.

Spielberg: We finally meet!

Awalt: Yeah, we finally…I’ve been wanting to meet you since 1978, so…

Spielberg: Oh my god. Well your website’s really, really good.

Awalt: Thank you.

Spielberg: As I said in my letter, it’s a great way to find out what the heck’s going on out there. You’re there first. I don’t know how you do it!

Awalt: I’m hoping I don’t get a lot of things wrong for you, since it’s important to me to convey to your fans what you’re doing and not get things wrong. There’s so much on the Internet that’s wrong about your work, like that rumor that you were going to do ‘Angels and Demons.’

Spielberg: Oh yeah, I read that on your website, and I didn’t even know I was doing it until I read your website, and then you debunked it in the same breath! Which I appreciate. Thank you. No one’s ever approached me to do ‘Angels and Demons,’ and if they did, I would say no.

Awalt: Why’s that?

Spielberg: Because it’s not my genre, not my thing!

Awalt: Thrillers though, you’re phenomenal with thrillers! Okay, I’m going to have to ask you some questions that I know if I don’t ask, my readers will kill me.

Spielberg: Go ahead.

Awalt: Is ‘Indiana Jones’ going to be the ‘sweet dessert after the bitter herbs’ of ‘Munich’ that you’d mentioned in the one interview?

Spielberg: Well you know, George and I have been promising it for a lot of years now, but I’m making every attempt to keep my promise. I just want to make sure that the fanbase is given the best ‘Indiana Jones’ anybody could possibly make, and until I can assure myself that at least I’m trying to make the best ‘Indiana Jones’ film of all time, the development will continue. The process of developing the script will continue, and it continues right now with David Koepp writing the script.

Awalt: That was a surprising turn!

Spielberg: Well David Koepp is a great closer. And he’s done some great projects for me, you know all of them. And I feel that if anybody can do it and pull this together, David can.

Awalt: The Darabont screenplay. You’ve probably read some of the controversy.

Spielberg: It’s a wonderful screenplay!

Awalt: That’s what I’ve heard you thought of it.

Spielberg: I liked it a lot.

Awalt: Are you going to use any parts of it in the final version of the film?

Spielberg: I am not.

Awalt: Will it ever see the light of day?

Spielberg: Someday… [hesitates] No, I don’t think it will. Darabont wrote a wonderful screenplay and Frank’s a very close friend of mine and we’re collaborating on a number of things, but sadly ‘Indy 4’ will not be one of them.

Awalt: Understandable. Online, there’s been talk about Breck Eisner on ‘Jurassic Park IV.’

Spielberg: That’s not true. Joe Johnston is standing by.

Awalt: First dibs on it?

Spielberg: First dibs on it, and Joe is my go-to ‘Jurassic’ guy now.

Awalt: There’s been talk about Joe Johnston that says he took the negative flack about ‘Jurassic Park III,’ and said in public that any faults with the film are his faults. There was talk that you didn’t care for the film, but it was profitable, and I’ve never heard you badmouth it in public, and I doubt you would, but…

Spielberg: Oh no, I don’t feel that way at all! I think the film is witty and clever, and I think Joe did an amazing job putting together those battles. And I think those battles Joe put together… I was jealous of the spinosaurus attack on the airplane! That scene where the spinosaurus attacks the airplane and the passengers inside the airplane was every bit as good as I thought the main road attack in ‘Jurassic Park’ was. So I’m a huge fan of Joe’s, and he’s the right guy to do the fourth one.

Awalt: That’s perfect! That’s great to hear. ‘Lincoln.’ How viable is it still?

Spielberg: It’s viable. The script’s being written, and hopefully sometime in September/October of ’07 I’ll have the chance to start that. I can’t guarantee that, it’s just, once again, like ‘Indy 4,’ that script is in process.

Awalt: Could it go before ‘Indy 4’?

Spielberg: I don’t know, you know, everything’s in process right now.

Awalt: And the studio, you’re having some massive changes there?

Spielberg: Well the massive changes were accomplished once Stacey Snider [the new CEO of DreamWorks] came on board.

Awalt: Came on early too, right?

Spielberg: Well, no, came on when her contract allowed her to come on. Universal allowed her to come on, and she came on right at the legal moment she was allowed to.

Awalt: So it was a smooth switchover then?

Spielberg: It was a very smooth switchover thanks to Ron Meyer, who is CEO of Universal, who really made this happen for us, and I really appreciate that.

Awalt: You said you’d been going after [Snider] for something like 12 years…

Spielberg: Well actually I tried to hire her a couple of times when she was at TriStar, when she was at Sony and she always said no, and then she went to Universal.

Awalt: [laughs] She said no to you?

Spielberg: That’s because Universal was a bigger challenge for her. We were just starting DreamWorks. It was a very small cottage…it was a boutique, and Stacey felt she wanted a bigger challenge and Universal gave her ten years of great training and now she’s taking all of that know-how, and she’s applying that to DreamWorks at Viacom.

Awalt: For a while we covered your production works, but I wanted to focus more specifically on your work as director, but I should still ask: ‘Transformers.’ How excited are you about that?

Spielberg: Well the dailies are fantastic.

Awalt: Any effects work, or just physical so far?

Spielberg: I have seen no effects work so far. I’ve only seen the scenes with the characters and a lot of the action, we call them plates, but it’s plates with first team characters running around and hiding and fighting and it’s pretty amazing what Michael Bay’s doing with the camera, and with the performances.

Awalt: That’s great. Now, the ‘wormhole project,’ that’s what we’ve been calling it on the site [laughs].

Spielberg: Oh, is that wormhole? It’s called ‘Interstellar.’ That’s the name. It’s a detailed treatment by Dr. Kip Thorne, and I’m working with Lynda Obst, who’s the producer, and Kip Thorne on this project.

Awalt: What appealed to you… I know it was just in a treatment state when you signed on to it and without a finished screenplay you said, ‘I’m on it’?

Spielberg: It was a concept that blew my mind and it was not foreign to me. My father, who was on one of the original teams at RCA that developed the very first commercial computer, my dad is sort of an amateur astrophysicist.

Awalt: I heard you took him with you to CalTech.

Spielberg: I took him with me to what I guess you’d call the roundtable, with some of the foremost computer physicists and astrophysicists, and behavioral psychologists from around this country and it really appealed to me based on all of my dad’s influence, with all of the reading I’ve done over the years. You know I produced the Stephen Hawking documentary with Errol Morris a number of years ago.

Awalt: I didn’t know that! What’s the name of it?

Spielberg: Yeah. ‘Brief History of Time,’ you know. [Spielberg took no final credit on the finished film.]

Awalt: Oh yeah! I didn’t know you were on that! How did I miss that?

Spielberg: Yeah, Kathy Kennedy and I executive produced it a number of years ago. I got a chance to spend a day with Stephen Hawking, which was one of the most illuminating days of my life.

Awalt: So undoubtedly ‘Interstellar’ is going to be a more cerebral science fiction, or science fact I should say?

Spielberg: It’s going to… I don’t want to categorize it yet, ‘cause I’m just at the beginning of the process.

Awalt: Some people say ‘2001’…would you? I see that online a lot…

Spielberg: I don’t see it as ‘2001.’

Awalt: That’s kind of putting it in a shoebox before anyone even knows what it is.

Spielberg: That’s right.

Awalt: Well that’s exciting. Well… [offers hand to shake]

Spielberg: It was great talking to you!

Awalt: Phenomenal finally meeting you.

Spielberg: I finally met you! Good luck. Keep that going. Keep the site going! It’s really good…

Awalt: Thank you very much; it’s an honor to do it. Thank you. Thank you for everything.

[Next, the PR reps bring Roy Scheider over while Mr. Spielberg is still standing with me. They ask if I would like to talk to Mr. Scheider. Would I like to talk to Roy Scheider?]

Awalt: I would love to talk to Mr. Scheider. Hi, sir, what an honor to meet you.

Spielberg [to Scheider]: Be nice to this guy. He has a website on all of my movies. It’s brilliant!

Awalt [to Spielberg]: Thank you, sir.

[Spielberg departs and leaves me to talk with Mr. Scheider.]

Awalt: I’m excited about ‘The Shark is Still Working,’ everything you’ve been doing with the guys.

Scheider: Oh yes! You know those guys?

Awalt: Yeah, I know them, and I’m in the documentary briefly with you… [Nervous laughter on my behalf since I am but a gnat on a god’s beard and this, this is Amity’s Chief Brody I’m talking with after all!]

Scheider: Oh, oh my goodness!

Awalt: I’m friends with the producers, and they’ve just had so many wonderful things to say about you.

Scheider: Oh good, thank you. Hopefully they’ll have a sale. I think they will.

Awalt: Oh, if Universal doesn’t buy it…

Scheider: Oh, I think they will… I thought it was terrific!

Awalt: Did you see a cut?

Scheider: I narrated it. I did the narration.

Awalt: Yeah, they told me, but I’m not supposed to tell anyone yet and so I didn’t want to mention it. But yeah, it’s phenomenal. They couldn’t have picked anyone better to narrate it…

Scheider: Thank you, thank you.

Awalt: … You’re the voice of ‘Jaws.’

Scheider: [laughs] I love it!
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: MacGuffin on August 16, 2006, 11:40:21 AM
Zhang Yimou and Spielberg Join Hands to Shoot "Journey to the West"   
Source: Cinematical

Zhang Yimou and Steven Spielberg, the two most well-known international directors, are inclined to join hands to shoot Journey to the West, a classic Chinese fantasy novel written by Wu Cheng¡'en.

Zhang Weiping, the producer of Zhang¡'s new flick, The City of Golden Armor, told Sina.com that shooting Journey to the West is just a plan. Everything has yet to be decided. We have been longing for a chance for them to co-direct a blockbuster. And Spielberg has shown his interest and intention to do so.

As for the expected shooting schedule, Zhang Weiping added: Zhang Yimou is the director of the 2008 Olympics and Spielberg is the artistic consultant. They both have to make full preparations for the Games. Zhang Yimou will not direct any other films until after the 2008 Olympics.

Journey to the West was written during the Ming Dynasty. It tells of the adventure of a Tang Dynasty (618-907) Buddhist priest named San Zang (a real historical person) and his three disciples the Monkey King, the pig and Friar Sand as they travel west in search of Buddhist texts.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: MacGuffin on August 22, 2006, 07:33:06 PM
Spielberg Rep Plays Down Zhang Story

Steven Spielberg's offices have played down recent reports of a possible collaboration with famed Chinese director Zhang Yimou on a screen version of the classic Chinese novel, "Journey to the West."

"There does not appear to be anything to it," an unidentified Spielberg spokesman was quoted as saying on the Spielberg fan site SpielbergFilms.com Tuesday.

But the spokesman added, "It's not impossible that something vaguely might have been said which was interpreted that way."

The reports surfaced as it was announced in April Spielberg had signed on as a consultant to Zhang in designing the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Zhang's business partner Zhang Weiping was quoted as saying last Monday that Zhang Yimou and Spielberg have expressed an interest in working together, and that a possible project would be "Journey to the West."

"Zhang Yimou and Spielberg are good friends ... We've always wanted to find an opportunity to work with Mr. Spielberg on a major production. Spielberg and Zhang Yimou have expressed the intention to work together in their conversation," Zhang Weiping was quoted as saying on the Chinese news Web site, Sina.com.

Zhang Weiping reportedly said "Journey to the West," about a monk whose pilgrimage to India to obtain Buddhist texts is helped by three protectors, including a monkey, is an ideal project for Zhang Yimou and Spielberg because it would combine Spielberg's expertise in science fiction and Zhang Yimou's understanding of Chinese culture.

Zhang Yimou's recent credits include "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers."

However, Zhang Weiping was later quoted in the Beijing Yule Xingbao newspaper as saying that 'Journey to the West' was just an example of the scale of project they would collaborate on.

A spokeswoman for Zhang Yimou's production company, New Picture Film Co., said Tuesday Zhang Yimou and Spielberg intend to work together but just haven't settled on a project.

The spokeswoman, Guo Na, said filming will start after the 2008 Olympics.

"We hope it's a science fiction film," she said.

SpielbergFilms.com paraphrased the Spielberg spokesman as saying, "the director's next project in general hasn't been decided upon, let alone future collaborations over two years away."
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: MacGuffin on November 20, 2006, 10:10:56 PM
Spielberg calls for responsible TV

Steven Spielberg urged TV networks to be mindful of what they show on the air because of the effect it might have on children, and said programs like "CSI" and "Heroes" were too gruesome.

"Today we are needing to be as responsible as we can possibly be, not just thinking of our own children but our friends' and neighbors' children," Spielberg told an audience Monday at the International Emmys board of directors meeting here.

Spielberg decried on-air promotions for television shows like "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" that showed "blood and people being dissected." He also said that when his favorite TV show of the new season, NBC's "Heroes," showed someone cut in half in the 9 p.m. hour, he sent his younger children out of the room.
 
"I'm a parent who is very concerned," he said.

Spielberg said that the TV landscape was much more "homogenized" 20 years ago, even seven or eight years ago. One of his shows, "ER," wouldn't have been on the air 20 years ago because of its graphic depictions.

Two of Spielberg's movies, "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan," have generated controversy during their television airings with uncut language and graphic depictions. But Spielberg has also made a famous edit to the DVD release of "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial," where a government agent wielded a gun in the original film and then held a walkie-talkie in the DVD.

In a free-ranging hour of interview with former NBC News correspondent Garrick Utley and questions from the audience, Spielberg said iPod video may be all the rage but count his films out from tailoring his films to fit the small screen.

"That's one medium where I have to draw the line," he said. "We'll shoot for television and the movies and let there be a wide gap" between that and the small 3-inch screen. He also said that he felt that people are social animals who will choose to go out to a movie rather than watch a show on widescreen.

"I don't think movie theaters will ever go away," Spielberg said.

But the producer-director who got his start in TV directing Joan Crawford for a 1969 episode of Rod Serling's "Night Gallery" isn't lacking for work on screens of any kind. He's developing a 10- or 11-hour miniseries about the U.S. war against Japan in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, part of the 20% of his time that he estimated he worked on TV projects compared with 80% for films.

He called working on miniseries "the most fun I have" and especially liked the ability to develop characters. He pointed to HBO's "Band of Brothers," which developed characters over hours rather than the eight to 10 minutes that he said was available in a two-hour feature film.

Another project is "On the Lot," a Mark Burnett-Spielberg TV series that will choose one of 16 aspiring filmmakers for a development deal with DreamWorks, Spielberg's studio. It will air on Fox. And of course there's another film coming in the "Indiana Jones" series, which Spielberg was relatively mum about.

"There's still life in the series," Spielberg said.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: MacGuffin on December 11, 2006, 12:57:43 AM
Spielberg takes development role in Fox TV projects
Burns, Turlington, Gemmill lead hour-longs
Source: Variety
 
Steven Spielberg is devoting more attention to TV this season, taking an active role in the development of two projects set up at Fox.

Ed Burns and wife Christy Turling-ton are attached to write a drama set in the fashion world and based on an idea of Spielberg's; second project, from scribe Scott Gemmill, is an actioner focused on time travel.

Both hourlong entries come from 20th Century Fox TV, as well as Spielberg's DreamWorks TV label. DreamWorks TV toppers Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank are exec producers as well.

Falvey and Frank note Spielberg's TV resume is lengthier than most believe. Series such as "ER," "Boomtown" and "Animaniacs" have carried a Spielberg imprint; he also has been behind countless longform projects, from "Band of Brothers" to "Into the West."

Most recently, Spielberg an-nounced last week that he and DreamWorks TV would team with TNT to produce a six-hour miniseries based on Stephen King-Peter Straub novel "The Talisman".

"He's always been very involved with our business," Frank said. "He started in TV, loves the medium and appreciates that there are certain stories that are right for TV and certain stories right for film."

DreamWorks TV has a first-look deal with NBC Universal, but Spielberg is not included in that pact.

Spielberg came up with the concept for the untitled Burns project after attending New York's fashion week. Storyline revolves around five twenty-somethings with fashion jobs such as photographer, designer, makeup artist and model.

Spielberg specifically sought out Burns (who appeared in his "Saving Private Ryan") and Turlington -- close friends of his -- to handle the project.

"There's a phenomenal partnership here in terms of this project," Falvey said. "Ed brings real character and a relatability to it, while (Turlington's) experience as a model is invaluable. She brings this expertise and insider's knowledge to it."

Burns and Turlington will exec produce with Falvey and Frank. If the show goes to pilot, Burns is aboard to direct.

Burns' TV credits include NBC laffer "The Fighting Fitzgeralds."

As for the Gemmill project, time-travel drama has a romantic storyline at its core.

According to Gemmill, Spielberg had expressed an interest in working on a TV project with time-travel themes; 20th tapped Gemmill, who has a deal at the studio, to come up with the concept.

"The mechanics of (a time-travel storyline) can be difficult, but there are a lot of possibilities -- and we're on the same wavelength," Gemmill said.

Untitled show will revolve around two young American physicists in WWII who discover a way to pinch time and travel to the future. They wind up hopping between 2007 and the 1940s in order to aid the war effort -- but in the process begin to upset the space-time continuum.

Along the way, one of the physi-cists also enlists a woman in 2007 to help him adjust to culture shock, and the two develop a relationship.

Gemmill "did his homework and nailed the concept, finding a way to create serialized storylines and self-contained episodes," Frank said.

Having exec produced "Back to the Future" and its sequels, Spielberg's also at work on a documentary on time travel.

Gemmill's also a familiar name to Spielberg, having spent several years (including a lengthy stint as exec producer) on "ER," which Spielberg's Amblin Television shingle produces.

Gemmill will exec produce with Falvey and Frank. Spielberg reserves the right to add his name as an exec producer to both projects, but he won't make that decision until later.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: MacGuffin on March 03, 2007, 11:07:31 AM
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Stolen painting found in Spielberg's collection
The director, a major collector of works by Rockwell, contacts the FBI. An agent calls the movie mogul an 'unknowing victim.'
Source: Los Angeles Times

A Norman Rockwell painting stolen from a Missouri gallery 34 years ago was recovered and authenticated Friday in the collection of movie mogul Steven Spielberg.

Spielberg's spokesman, Marvin Levy, said the director's staff contacted the FBI several weeks ago after seeing a bulletin from the agency's Art Crime Team seeking clues about the theft of the "Russian Schoolroom" oil painting.

"The second anybody said, 'I think we have that painting,' [our] office got a hold of the FBI," Levy said.

Special Agent Chris Calarco of the FBI's Art Crime Team and Jessica Todd Smith, curator of American art for the Huntington Library, inspected the painting Friday afternoon at Spielberg's offices on the Universal Studios lot. The filmmaker was not present.

"He's an absolutely unknowing victim in this," Calarco said of Spielberg.

Calarco declined to speculate on the painting's value, but two sources close to the investigation said it is worth between $700,000 and $1 million.

The painting, depicting schoolchildren in a classroom looking at a bust of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin, was stolen during an exhibit at a small art gallery in Clayton, Mo., in June 1973.

According to the FBI, its whereabouts were unknown until 1988, when it was sold at an auction in New Orleans for about $70,000.

Spielberg bought the painting from an art dealer in 1989 for an undisclosed sum, Calarco said.

The director is a high-profile Rockwell collector who helped found the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.

As of last fall, he was listed as the museum's third vice president and a member of its board of trustees.

"He's certainly one of the collectors of Rockwell," said Levy, who wasn't sure how many Rockwell paintings Spielberg owns or where he kept "Russian Schoolroom." "We have a few in our office on the Universal lot."

The probe into the original theft lay dormant until 2004, when art crime investigators determined that the painting had been advertised for sale at a Norman Rockwell exhibit in New York in 1989.

Agents in the New York and Los Angeles field offices began putting out bulletins in art circles and tracking down known Rockwell collectors.

"We were basically just about to figure it out when the Spielberg people made the connection," Calarco said.

Linda Pero, curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., said: "I think it's really wonderful."

The FBI made the Spielberg link public late Friday, after an earlier notice — published in today's Calendar section — that the painting may have been found.

For now, the painting will remain in Spielberg's possession.

"I just advised them to hold on to it. It's safe there," Calarco said.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: Pubrick on March 03, 2007, 09:37:25 PM
The painting, depicting schoolchildren in a classroom looking at a bust of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin,

except that one cheeky little malchik!
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: polkablues on March 04, 2007, 02:55:12 AM
The painting, depicting schoolchildren in a classroom looking at a bust of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin,

except that one cheeky little malchik!

He's dreaming of Democracy.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: MacGuffin on July 16, 2008, 08:25:03 AM
Cody tackles DreamWorks comedy
Script based on original idea by Spielberg
Source: Variety
 
Steven Spielberg has another idea to bounce off Diablo Cody.

The Oscar-winning "Juno" scribe has been tapped to pen an untitled comedy script for DreamWorks that is based on an original idea by Spielberg.

Studio is keeping story details under such tight wraps that even dealmakers involved with the project were in the dark. There are no producers yet attached.

Project marks the second time the pair have collaborated. Cody wrote the pilot and is exec producing Showtime series "The United States of Tara," also based on an original idea from Spielberg.

Cody first came to the attention of Spielberg when Mandate Pictures was looking for a domestic distributor for "Juno," well before Jason Reitman was attached as the film's director. Spielberg even considered directing the teen pregnancy comedy at one point.

Cody's other credits include "Jennifer's Body," which is in production at Fox Atomic, as well as the pitch "Girly Style," which is in development at Universal.

Cody is working on "Tara," which stars Toni Collette and John Corbett.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: MacGuffin on September 23, 2009, 03:48:19 PM
Showtime, Spielberg team on series
Show to chronicle development of B'way musical
Source: Variety

Showtime and Steven Spielberg want to put on a show about putting on a Broadway show.

DreamWorks TV and Showtime are in the early stages of developing a scripted series that will chronicle the development of an original Broadway musical, from its creative inception through its opening night. The intention is to then mount the tuner on the Main Stem after the series airs.

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who are well versed in adapting tuners for the big- and smallscreen, are in negotiations to join the project, as are tunesmiths Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. DreamWorks TV toppers Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank are shepherding the project with Spielberg.

Reps for Showtime and DreamWorks declined comment.

Spielberg has been developing the concept for the TV-to-legit show for years, and he's been hands-on in setting up the project at Showtime and recruiting Zadan, Meron, Shaiman and Wittman, all of whom have worked together on past projects.

Showtime was the natural home for the untitled project given that its entertainment prexy, Robert Greenblatt, is a legit buff who recently moonlighted as the producer of tuner "9 to 5." DreamWorks TV already produces Showtime's half-hour dramedy "United States of Tara," whose star, Toni Collette, earned the comedy actress trophy at Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards.

The team is now in the process of meeting with writers to create the series, which will offer a behind-the-scenes look at every aspect of launching a tuner, from penning the songs to recruiting investors. The show will incorporate multiple points of view on the process, and it will depict the personal lives of selected key players. It's not yet been determined whether it'll be a half-hour or hourlong skein.

Shaiman and Wittman wrote the music and lyrics for the tuner adaptation of "Catch Me if You Can," Spielberg's 2002 Leonardo DiCaprio starrer, which had its tryouts in Seattle this summer and is expected to hit the Rialto this season or next. And Shaiman and Wittman worked with Zadan and Meron on the 2007 feature rendition of the musical "Hairspray."

The ambitious project will represent a logistical challenge as scripts and production of the TV series are juggled along with the development of tunes to be featured in the show and eventually on the stage. The hope is that the series would run for multiple seasons, possibly focusing on new productions or fresh iterations of the original tuner.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: matt35mm on June 18, 2012, 11:28:57 PM
A DGA talk honoring Spielberg, in the form of a conversation between Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, and James Cameron. Yes, it's an hour and 40 minutes of waxing Spielberg's car, as 1990s PTA would say, but since it's a DGA talk, they do go into the nuts and bolts of how Spielberg approaches his work and why, and they go into some good stories.

http://www.dga.org/Events/2011/08-august-2011/75th-Spielberg-Event.aspx

There's some stuff to read and you can scroll down to see video of the event. The first video shows the whole event and the other videos are just highlights from the conversation.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: MacGuffin on August 27, 2012, 07:13:56 AM
SEAL’s Osama tale film-bound
Source: Page 6

The former Navy SEAL who has written his eyewitness account of the slaying of Osama bin Laden is in talks with Steven Spielberg to turn the book into an action movie, Page Six can exclusively reveal.

The author, who uses the pseudonym Mark Owen, was “one of the first men through the door on the third floor” of bin Laden’s lair in Pakistan and was there when he died, according to publisher Dutton.

The book — “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden — will be released on Sept. 11.

Following the book announcement, Fox News revealed that Mark Owen is 36-year-old recently retired SEAL Matt Bissonnette. Then special operations chief Adm. Bill McRaven said Bissonnette could face prosecution for revealing sensitive and classified information that could cause US forces harm.

Meanwhile, multiple sources tell us Bissonnette has already been in talks with DreamWorks about turning his book into a movie.

One source said, “He met with HBO’s Richard Plepler, and he also met with Spielberg.”

Another source added, “He is still talking to DreamWorks and Spielberg,” who declined to comment.

A “No Easy Day” movie would add to an already busy field of bin Laden films. “Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow is working on “Zero Dark Thirty,” about the decade-long hunt for terrorist leader bin Laden, leading to his death in May 2011. The cast includes Scott Adkins, Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain and Taylor Kinney, with release set for Dec. 19

Meanwhile, the Weinstein Company has secured the US rights to “Code Name Geronimo,” the John Stockwell-directed drama about the manhunt for the 9/11 terror-attack mastermind.

According to reports, Weinstein will put the film in theaters in early fall, a move that would beat “Zero Dark Thirty” — which was delayed after Sony decided not to put it out ahead of the presidential election.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: Sleepless on January 21, 2013, 11:22:30 AM
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks to do thirds WWII series for HBO. This one will be called "Masters of the Air" and will reportedly be based on Donald L Miller’s book Masters Of The Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought The Air War Against Nazi Germany, which follows the Mighty Eighth as they carried out bombing runs in France and Germany and engaged in air to air combat.

Empire (http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=36234)
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: wilder on March 03, 2013, 11:29:17 AM
Steven Spielberg Developing Stanley Kubrick's Dream Project 'Napolean' As TV Miniseries
via The Playlist

Even though put "Ropocalypse" on hold to figure out the script, 2013 is still shaping up to be a very busy and exciting year for Steven Spielberg. He was recently named as the jury president for the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, he's producing "Jurassic Park IV" which stomps back into theaters next year, he's working with Tom Hanks on another "Band Of Brothers"-esque series for HBO, and now he's making an unrealized dream project from one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, come back to life.
"I've been developing Stanley Kubrick's screenplay -- for a miniseries not for a motion picture -- about the life of Napolean. Kubrick wrote the script in 1961, a long time ago," Spielberg told French network Canal+. That's really about it. There are no details on if he'll direct or how far along into development it is, but Spielberg is working with Kubrick estate on the project.

As devotees of Kubrick know, this is probably the grandaddy of all of the helmer's unrealized projects. "Napolean" was massively researched, with literally tens of thousands of location photos, slides of imagery and endless notes and details about the historic leader that filled up boxes upon boxes upon boxes in Kubrick's archives (so much in fact, that it formed the foundation of a rather amazing book on the subject). But the movie was never to be. MGM and United Artists both balked at producing the movie, which would have required thousands of extras and more, saying it was too risky in the wake of expensive endeavors like  1968's "War And Peace" and 1970's "Waterloo" that struggled to make their money back. Kubrick would eventually tackle "Barry Lyndon," which takes place 15 years before the Napoleanic wars, but he still longed to make the movie. He even drafted screenplays, with the 1969 version available right here.

And of course, this isn't the first time Spielberg has taken a Kubrick project across the finish line. 2001's "A.I." first started as Kubrick project as far back as the 1970s, and he developed it slowly right up to the early '90s, when he then presented it to Spielberg, thinking his sensibilities would be better suited for it. Spielberg declined, but decided to tackle it after the filmmaker's passing.

But back to "Napolean," this is pretty massive and exciting news, and while we can forever wonder what Kubrick might have done, there is no doubt that given piles upon piles of research material, Spielberg and his team will have a pretty good idea of what he was aiming for. Hopefully, there will be more news to come soon. Watch below -- Spielberg talks about "Napolean" at the 9:14 mark (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/steven-spielberg-developing-stanley-kubricks-dream-project-napolean-as-tv-miniseries-20130303?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed).
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: jenkins on March 03, 2013, 01:50:34 PM
fuck that. taking the project "across the finish line." christ. sight unseen, this will obvs be to kubrick's unmade movie what the fourth clone was to keaton's character in multiplicity

i feel irrarionally pissed at spielberg for linking kubrick to this. just say "i was inspired by the unmade kubrick project" and don't fucking say you've been "developing" his screenplay when you're mutating it
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: Pubrick on March 03, 2013, 02:42:37 PM
'Napolean'
via The Playlist

Napolean

"Napolean"

Napoleanic

"Napolean,"

"Napolean"

-napolean-


oh my fucking god.

did anyone at the playlist actually manage to graduate from high school?

this is a serious question.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: MacGuffin on May 02, 2013, 04:43:46 PM
Steven Spielberg to Direct Bradley Cooper in 'American Sniper'
Source: TheWrap

Steven Spielberg has committed to making the Bradley Cooper vehicle "American Sniper" his next movie.

The project, which was written by Jason Hall ("Paranoia"), will be a co-production between Warner Bros. and Dreamworks.

Film is based on the bestselling book "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History" by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan and Jim DeFelice.

Book chronicles Kyle's journey from Texas rodeo cowboy to Navy SEAL Chief with the highest number of sniper kills in U.S. military history. Cooper's production company optioned the rights to the book a year ago. He fast tracked it after Kyle was shot and killed on Feb. 2 at a shooting range in Erath County, Texas.

The suspect is Eddie Ray Routh, a veteran suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Kyle had reportedly taken Routh to the range to help with his PTSD.

Spielberg and Cooper will produce with Andrew Lazar and Peter Morgan. DreamWorks' Kristie Macosko Krieger and Adam Somner will also be involved in a producing capacity.

Sheroum Kim will oversee the project on behalf of Cooper's production company, 22nd & Indiana Pictures.

Jon Berg will oversee the project for WB.

Spielberg originally intended to direct "Robopocalypse" as his follow-up to "Lincoln," but that film was pushed back in January.

Cooper recently exited the troubled "Jane Got a Gun" project.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: MacGuffin on June 12, 2013, 10:49:05 PM
Steven Spielberg Predicts 'Implosion' of Film Industry
George Lucas echoed Spielberg's sentiments at an event touting the opening of a new USC School of Cinematic Arts building, saying big changes are in store.
Source: Hollywood Reporter

Steven Spielberg on Wednesday predicted an "implosion" in the film industry is inevitable, whereby a half dozen or so $250 million movies flop at the box office and alter the industry forever. What comes next -- or even before then -- will be price variances at movie theaters, where "you're gonna have to pay $25 for the next Iron Man, you're probably only going to have to pay $7 to see Lincoln." He also said that Lincoln came "this close" to being an HBO movie instead of a theatrical release.

George Lucas agreed that massive changes are afoot, including film exhibition morphing somewhat into a Broadway play model, whereby fewer movies are released, they stay in theaters for a year and ticket prices are much higher. His prediction prompted Spielberg to recall that his 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial stayed in theaters for a year and four months.

The two legendary filmmakers, along with CNBC anchor Julia Boorstin and Microsoft president of interactive entertainment business Don Mattrick, were speaking at the University of Southern California as part of the festivities surrounding the official opening of the Interactive Media Building, three stories high and part of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Lucas and Spielberg told USC students that they are learning about the industry at an extraordinary time of upheaval, where even proven talents find it difficult to get movies into theaters. Some ideas from young filmmakers "are too fringe-y for the movies," Spielberg said. "That's the big danger, and there's eventually going to be an implosion — or a big meltdown. There's going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that's going to change the paradigm."

Lucas lamented the high cost of marketing movies and the urge to make them for the masses while ignoring niche audiences. He called cable television "much more adventurous" than film nowadays.

"I think eventually the Lincolns will go away and they're going to be on television," Lucas said. "As mine almost was," Spielberg interjected. "This close -- ask HBO -- this close."

"We're talking Lincoln and Red Tails -- we barely got them into theaters. You're talking about Steven Spielberg and George Lucas can't get their movie into a theater," Lucas said. "I got more people into Lincoln than you got into Red Tails," Spielberg joked.

Spielberg added that he had to co-own his own studio in order to get Lincoln into theaters.
"The pathway to get into theaters is really getting smaller and smaller," Lucas said.

Mattrick and Spielberg also praised Netflix, prompting Boorstin to ask Spielberg if he planned to make original content for the Internet streamer. "I have nothing to announce," said the director.

Lucas and Spielberg also spoke of vast differences between filmmaking and video games because the latter hasn't been able to tell stories and make consumers care about the characters. Which isn't to say the two worlds aren't connected. Spielberg, in fact, has teamed with Microsoft to make a "TV" show for Xbox 360 based on the game Halo and he is making a movie based on the Electronic Arts game Need for Speed.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: Lottery on June 12, 2013, 11:03:41 PM
How horrifying.


I blame the big companies.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: Ravi on June 13, 2013, 05:55:52 AM
Is that a mea culpa?
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on June 13, 2013, 07:29:48 AM
Uh, Need for Speed is filming in my town as we speak. In what capacity is Spielberg involved? I see no mention of him on imdb.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: wilder on June 13, 2013, 03:58:56 PM
Lucas and Spielberg on storytelling in games: 'it's not going to be Shakespeare'
By Brian Bishop
13 June 2013
via The Verge

“The second you get the controller something turns off in the heart.”

With titles like Quantum Break and the upcoming Halo series, the convergence of gaming and narrative storytelling has become an intense focal point — but the men behind Indiana Jones and Star Wars think gaming will never be able to provide the same type of rich experience traditional storytelling does.

Speaking Wednesday at a panel at the University of Southern California — joined by Microsoft’s Don Mattrick — George Lucas and Steven Spielberg argued that introducing the concept of interactivity fundamentally changes the experience. "They’re always going to be different," Lucas said when asked if movies and games were going to become more similar. "They’re never going to be the same."

"Storytelling is about two things," he said. "It’s about character and plot." Character is what movies and television offer, he said, but it’s a concept the gaming industry is just now discovering. "Like sports. It’s about Tebow. It’s about, you know, Kobe. They’re starting to realize that if they focus on the characters it makes the game much richer."

"But by its very nature there cannot be a plot in a game. You can’t plot out a football game. You can’t plot out feeding Christians to lions. It’s not a plot."

It’s a nuanced argument that moves away from the tired conversation about whether games are art or not — one largely started by the late Roger Ebert — and towards the definition of narrative storytelling itself. Games are trying to eke out some sort of middle ground that combines overarching narrative with agency on the part of the player, but for Lucas true storytelling comes in one very specific form.

"Telling a story, it’s a very complicated process," he said. "You’re leading the audience along. You are showing them things. Giving them insights. It’s a very complicated construct and very carefully put together. If you just let everybody go in and do whatever they want then it’s not a story anymore. It’s simply a game." The dismissive pushback is slightly awkward, particularly since LucasArts titles like The Secret of Monkey Island were once known for their ability to tell a story that players invested in while still maintaining the playability of an adventure game.

"And so you just have to make the divide between games and stories," the Star Wars director said. "The big deal is that videogames are going to have more character… But you’re not going to have a plot that says, you know… it’s not going to be Shakespeare."

Spielberg has his own past with gaming, including The Dig — a mid-90s LucasArts adventure — as well as LMNO, an Electronic Arts collaboration that failed to materialize. The aim of the latter project was to bring a real emotional experience to gamers, something the filmmaker still has on his mind.

"I think the key divide between interactive media and the narrative media that we do is the difficulty in opening up an empathic pathway between the gamer and the character — as differentiated from the audience and the characters in a movie or a television show," Spielberg said. Describing the divide as a "great abyss", he pointed to the function of game playing itself as part of the problem.

He described an early game in which players rescued babies being thrown from a burning building — likely a reference to Bouncing Babies or some variant thereof. "That idea came from an urge of a gamer to say, ‘Let’s create an empathic experience for a player to save babies.’ Who’s more helpless than a baby thrown into the air, heading for the ground? You gotta catch the baby," he said.

"But as players started to play the game they stopped looking at the baby as a human being and they started looking at the baby as a score… So they were looking at the numbers they were racking up, and the baby became parenthetical to the calculation in scoring more points than your friends and being able to brag about it at school the next day."

Even games with elaborate cutscenes and interstitials face the problem, he said. "You watch, and you get kind of involved with what the story is, and you hate the bad guy because he murders people in an airport and stuff like that, and then all of a sudden it’s time to take the controller," Spielberg said. "And the second you get the controller something turns off in the heart. And it becomes a sport."

Lucas added that the gaming industry itself has been complicit in the problem as it has catered to hardcore gamers out of economic concerns. "Hardcore gamers basically love to watch the baby hit the floor," Lucas said. "They said ‘I want a game where I can shoot somebody in the head and blow their head off,’ so the gaming industry moved in that direction. So that’s what they’re doing. And you can’t empathize with somebody you’re going to kill, so that whole idea has gone out the window."

Neither man thought the problem was unsolvable. In fact, Lucas thinks the biggest success in gaming over the coming years will be a game playing against the current trends. "I think ultimately the big game of the next five years will be a game where you empathize very strongly with the characters, and it’s aimed at women and girls. Because they like empathetic games," he said. The statement perpetuates a particularly prevalent stereotype, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that there is a vast market out there that is not being served by the current generation of AAA titles and gaming devices. Mattrick himself said as much, predicting that consoles will soon move beyond the current global install base of 300 million thanks largely to new capabilities and features.

For Spielberg, the bottleneck is even simpler: the controller itself. "I think that the artery blocker is the game controller," he said. "Once we can get rid of the controller — a bit like what Don is working on with Kinect — once you get rid of the controller and you’re basically hands-free," he said, it will open up the door to more naturalistic games that will by their very nature become more immersive.

"Once we are hands-free, truly hands-free, and we’re totally immersive — and that’s a whole other technological platform because I believe we need to get away from the proscenium. We’re never going to be totally immersive as long as we’re looking at a square," he said. "Whether it’s a movie screen or a computer screen, we gotta get rid of that. We got to put the player inside the experience, where no matter where you look you’re surrounded by a three-dimensional world. And that’s the future."

It’s hard to disagree with the duo that a game isn’t storytelling in the traditional sense just because it has a linear sequence of events. Once gamers have agency, they’ll change any intended path — and that’s the fun of gaming in the first place. What their arguments beg for is a new definition for the kind of projects we’re seeing today: experiences defined by differing emotional journeys that color how a player interprets a set series of plot elements. Titles like Mass Effect have blazed trails in this regard, and we’ve seen it most recently in Telltale’s The Walking Dead. In the latter game, the first scene and the ending are basically the same. What’s different is the path the player takes between those two points — differing paths that can create varying experiences with radically different emotional implications.

The Walking Dead in particular was exceptional at solving the issue of Spielberg's empathic gap, thanks largely to the use of the 9-year-old sidekick character Clementine; when I played the game, I debated my own moral choices because I didn’t want to set the wrong example for her. We’ve seen this kind of mechanism in games before (Deus Ex is just one notable example) but Telltale’s success in particular suggests we’re closer to that empathy threshold than either Lucas or Spielberg thinks. With this year’s E3 announcements full of titles that hope to combine gaming with traditional narrative forms, it’s clear that developers are trying — and over the next few years we may see an explosion of a new type of character-based narrative hybrid, or come to the conclusion once again that this particular goal is still just out of reach.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: Tictacbk on June 18, 2013, 01:01:41 PM
So much for this advice then? http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=6731.0 (http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=6731.0)
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: MacGuffin on August 05, 2013, 03:42:25 PM
Steven Spielberg Drops Out of Directing ‘American Sniper’
BY MIKE FLEMING JR | Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Steven Spielberg has taken American Sniper out of his crosshairs, after declaring in May that he would next helm the film about decorated Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, with Bradley Cooper playing the marksman. DreamWorks has joined Warner Bros in a co-production when Spielberg said he would direct the script by Jason Hall. Spielberg has been looking for his followup to Lincoln, and this becomes the second project that he stepped out of. The one before was an adaptation of Robopocalypse, the Daniel H Wilson science fiction novel that was adapted by Drew Goddard.

Spielberg and DreamWorks are pulling out completely, which is actually gracious. Some director-driven companies get involved with a director attachment, and when the director steps out, the company remains on, and it is an extra expense. Warner Bros is free to secure another filmmaker to keep this project together. Spielberg couldn’t square his vision of this movie with the budget. He’s still got a lot of projects percolating, but hasn’t decided what he’ll direct next.

Spielberg, who took 11 years to get Lincoln the way he wanted it before he committed, has been known to get close to projects only to step out for one reason or another. That included Harvey, the adaptation of the Mary Chase Pulitzer Prize-winning play that was to be a co-production with Fox. That one proved difficult to cast, after Tom Hanks said he didn’t want to play a role originated by James Stewart, the actor he’s so often compared to. That isn’t the case with American Sniper, which has Cooper not only starring but producing. He’s arguably the hottest young actor in town, coming off an Oscar nom for Silver Linings Playbook and next starring in David O Russell’s American Hustle.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: Pubrick on August 05, 2013, 10:51:05 PM
Bradley Cooper
...
arguably the hottest young actor in town

What the.. Was this article ghostwritten by Jackie Harvey (http://www.theonion.com/personalities/jackie-harvey,1017/)?
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: wilder on April 18, 2014, 04:59:43 PM
Steven Spielberg Boards Religious Drama ‘Edgardo Mortara’ (Exclusive)
via Variety

Though he’s still mulling what his next directing gig will be, Steven Spielberg has added another project to his development slate: religious drama “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,” written by “Lincoln” and “Munich” scribe Tony Kushner. Spielberg plans to produce and may direct the drama, which would be a co-production between DreamWorks and the Weinstein Co.

The script is based on David Kertzer’s nonfiction book about the true-life story of an Italian Jew who became the center of an international controversy in 1858 when he was removed from his parents at the age of 7 by authorities of the Papal States and raised as a Catholic. He went on to become a priest in the Augustinian order.

Spielberg and Kushner previously teamed on historical dramas “Munich” and “Lincoln,” both of which landed best picture nominations. Spielberg is said to be very anxious to get back behind the camera, having not directed a movie since 2012′s “Lincoln,” which won Daniel Day-Lewis a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of the 16th president of the United States.

Kushner is in the early stages of writing “Edgardo Mortara,” which sources have made clear won’t be the next project Spielberg directs. He is currently deciding between “Robopocalypse,” for which a rewrite has now been completed after the project was put on hold, and historical drama “Montezuma,” which Steve Zaillian is currently writing and is thus likely not far enough along to be next up for Spielberg.

Some people close to Spielberg insist that he has not committed to his next directing gig, though others say “Robopocalypse” is the frontrunner. Of all his current projects, sources say “Robopocalypse” is the furthest along, with one person noting that the budget is close to being finalized.

Chris Hemsworth is attached to star, and though he is busy shooting “Avengers: The Age of Ultron,” those close to the Aussie thesp say he is still very much interested in finding a way to fit the robot pic into his schedule.

Another factor motivating Spielberg to direct “Robopocalypse” is that it’s a co-production between DreamWorks and Fox. Spielberg’s DreamWorks partner Stacey Snider has let the director know that she plans to leave DreamWorks when her contract expires in late November. She is expected to land her next job at Fox.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: MacGuffin on April 25, 2014, 08:01:00 PM
Steven Spielberg to Direct Roald Dahl Adaptation 'BFG' (Exclusive)
DreamWorks acquired rights to the popular children's book in 2011.
Source: THR

Steven Spielberg is attached to direct the adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's book The BFG for DreamWorks.

The live-action film will be based on the fantastical tale of a Big Friendly Giant who befriends a young orphan girl. Dahl's book, illustrated by Quentin Blake, was first published in 1982.

DreamWorks acquired the book in 2011 with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall to produce. Sources say Marshall is still attached to the project. Melissa Mathison, who wrote E.T., was attached to write the script. Various directors have been attached to the project over the years, including John Madden and Chris Columbus.

There has been one other adaptation of the popular children's book: for a 1989 animated made-for-TV movie in the U.K.

Spielberg, who dropped out of American Sniper last year, has not directed a movie since 2012's Lincoln, and instead of narrowing his options, he seems to be expanding them, adding his name to several projects in the past month, including an adaptation of the David Kertzer novel The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara and an untitled Cold War project written by Matt Charman that has Tom Hanks attached.

This trio of new attachments joins a list of Spielberg contenders that also includes Robopocalypse, a sci-fi tentpole set up at Fox, and Montezuma, which tackles the drama between Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes and the famous Aztec ruler.

A source with knowledge of the situation said the flurry of announcements counters "the perception that [Spielberg] is out of business with [DreamWorks CEO] Stacey Snider going to Fox and Dreamworks as we know it going away." Snider has been considered likely to take a high-level creative position at the Fox film studio, sparking speculation about the future of DreamWorks.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: MacGuffin on May 20, 2014, 09:20:32 PM
Coen Brothers to Script Tom Hanks-Steven Spielberg’s Cold War Drama
Source: Variety

DreamWorks’ Cold War project — with Steven Spielberg directing and Tom Hanks starring — is heating up with Joel and Ethan Coen on board to write the script.

Marc Platt will produce with Spielberg. The Coen Brothers, who won screenwriting Oscars for “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men,” are revising Matt Charman’s script.

The untitled project is based on the true story of James Donovan, who Hanks will portray. Donovan was the American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia two years earlier.

Variety reported that Hanks had come on board the project in mid-April.

Spielberg is also considering directing the DreamWorks-Fox co-production “Robopocalypse” and the historical drama “Montezuma,” which Steve Zaillian is penning. Additionally, he’s committed to directing an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “The BFG” for DreamWorks,

Hanks and Spielberg have worked together on three films: “Saving Private Ryan,” “Catch Me if You Can” and “The Terminal.”

The Coen Brothers directed “Inside Llewyn Davis” from their own script and wrote the script for Angelina Jolie’s World War II drama “Unbroken.”

DreamWorks declined to comment.

The Coen Brothers are repped by UTA.

News of the Coen Brothers attachment was first reported by THR.com.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: wilder on October 27, 2014, 01:32:04 PM
Mark Rylance To Play ‘The BFG’ In Roald Dahl Adaptation By Steven Spielberg
via Deadline

(http://i.imgur.com/7LxLUcY.jpg)

DreamWorks has set three-time Tony Award winner and two-time Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance to play the title role in  The BFG.  Steven Spielberg will direct the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic kid novel. Published in 1982, BFG concerns a young girl, the Queen of England and a benevolent giant known as the BFG. The three set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world.

The film gets underway early next year and Disney releases it July 1, 2016 in the U.S. DreamWorks’ financier Reliance will release in India and Mister Smith is handling distribution in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

“As I witnessed on stage, Mark Rylance is a transformational actor,” Spielberg said in a statement. “I am excited and thrilled that Mark will be making this journey with us to Giant Country. Everything about his career so far is about making the courageous choice and I’m honored he has chosen The BFG as his next big screen performance.”

The Dahl estate also gives Rylance a thumbs up. Said the author’s grandson Luke Kelly, who is Managing Director of the Roald Dahl Literary Estate: “We are ecstatic at this choice. Mark is incredibly talented, one of the great British actors working today. I’ve had the privilege of seeing Mark perform, and the thought of watching him transform into ‘the only nice and jumbly Giant in Giant Country’ is, as The BFG himself might say, absolutely phizz-whizzing.”

Rylance is currently working with Steven Spielberg on the untitled Cold War thriller he’s directing with Tom Hanks in the starring role. Rylance’s other upcoming projects include The Gunman, Days And Nights, and the BBC adaptation of  Wolf Hall. Rylance won his Tonys for Boeing Boeing, Jerusalem and Twelfth Night and the two Olivier Awards were for Much Ado About Nothing and Jerusalem. His deal was made by Hamilton Hodell and Peikoff Mahan Law Office.

DreamWorks acquired the long gestating book in 2010 and E.T. scribe Melissa Mathison adapted it. Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Sam Mercer are producing. Kathleen Kennedy, a catalyst in getting this up and running, will exec produce with John Madden and Michael Siegel. Kristie Macosko Krieger and Adam Somner are co-producers.

(http://i.imgur.com/6jW3MFP.jpg)
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: wilder on March 25, 2015, 02:51:07 PM
Steven Spielberg To Direct Sci-Fi 'Ready Player One'
via The Playlist

Steven Spielberg is attached to helm an adaptation of Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One." Zak Penn ("X-Men: Last Stand," "The Avengers") is tackling the script, and the project is set up at Warner Bros., but the big issue will be clearing the rights for this story which heavily references 1980s video games (I guess Adam Sandler's "Pixels" is kicking the floodgates open on that). Here's the book synopsis: 

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.
   
But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.


The last time Spielberg was ready to go sci-fi, it was with "Robopocalypse" which he was supposed to direct after "Lincoln," but it collapsed.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: polkablues on March 25, 2015, 03:06:23 PM
Sounds like a weak-sauce version of this classic. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1034032/?ref_=nv_sr_1)
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: 03 on March 25, 2015, 10:23:48 PM
i agree
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: wilder on April 11, 2016, 08:54:18 PM
Steven Spielberg Reteams With Mark Rylance For 'The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,' 2017 Release Date Eyed
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Deadline reports that Rylance will star in the adaptation of  David Kertzer's book "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara." Spielberg first became attached to direct the project two years ago, with Tony Kushner ("Lincoln," "Munich") writing the 1858-set story about a young Jewish boy who is taken from his home, raised Catholic, and becomes a priest. Rylance will play Pope Pius IX.

Bologna: nightfall, June 1858. A knock sounds at the door of the Jewish merchant Momolo Mortara. Two officers of the Inquisition bust inside and seize Mortara's six-year-old son, Edgardo. As the boy is wrenched from his father's arms, his mother collapses.  The reason for his abduction: the boy had been secretly "baptized" by a family servant.  According to papal law, the child is therefore a Catholic who can be taken from his family and delivered to a special monastery where his conversion will be completed.

With this terrifying scene, prize-winning historian David I. Kertzer begins the true story of how one boy's kidnapping became a pivotal event in the collapse of the Vatican as a secular power.  The book evokes the anguish of a modest merchant's family, the rhythms of daily life in a Jewish ghetto, and also explores, through the revolutionary campaigns of Mazzini and Garibaldi and such personages as Napoleon III, the emergence of Italy as a modern national state.  Moving and informative, the Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara reads as both a historical thriller and an authoritative analysis of how a single human tragedy changed the course of history.


This will be Spielberg's next project, and his complicated calendar is looking something like this: he'll shoot "Ready Player One" next for release on March 30, 2018. After that movie wraps, he'll shoot 'Mortara' in early 2017 for release the same year, and after that, he'll jump to "Indiana Jones 5" which will hit cinemas on July 19, 2019.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: wilder on June 15, 2016, 02:56:02 PM
Steven Spielberg, Matt Charman And Marc Platt Reteam For Walter Cronkite Vietnam Pic
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Steven Spielberg, Matt Charman and Marc Platt, who worked together so memorably on Tom Hanks Cold War-starrer Bridge of Spies, are re-teaming for a feature project about legendary newscaster Walter Cronkite for Amblin Partners. The project will focus on Cronkite’s relationship with the Vietnam War and the role that America’s most trusted newsman played in turning public opinion against the increasingly un-winnable conflict. So influential was the CBS Evening News anchor that then-President Lyndon Baines Johnson is believed to have remarked, ““If I’ve lost Walter Cronkite, I’ve lost middle America.”

Charman pitched Spielberg the idea while the two were on the awards season circuit for Bridge of Spies. It’s still early days in terms of Spielberg committing to directing- Charman needs to write the script first- but this is mouth-wateringly rich material for a master filmmaker like Spielberg. Were the most iconic baby boomer of all to end up directing, it would mark the first time he tackle this turbulent chapter in America’s modern history. 1968 was a year of great upheaval in the U.S., with the assassinations of Dr Martin Luther King and Senator Robert F. Kennedy; the violence witnessed at the Democratic convention in Chicago and, of course, the ongoing war in Vietnam. Cronkite had already journeyed to Vietnam once before in 1965 in a carefully stage-managed visit designed to prove to him and other attending media that progress was being made. In 1968, however, Cronkite returned to South East Asia to see the war for himself and the consequences of the Tet Offensive. What he found convinced him, in his own words during his special report, to say, “It seems now, more certain than ever, that the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate.” That devastating sentence shifted the tide of public opinion against the war and only weeks later LBJ announced he would not be running for re-election in that year’s Presidential race.

That moment also revolutionised network news in America. It was arguably the first-ever editorialised, opinionated report on U.S. televised news, heralding the age- years later- of the 24-hour-news cycle and mass media machine around us today. The plan is for Charman to write the original idea and Platt producing with a view to this becoming a potential directing vehicle for Spielberg. Charman will also exec produce.  This would go through the Amblin/Dreamworks pipeline.

Spielberg, who has The BFG coming out July 1, is gearing up to start filming on the big budget Ready Player One, with Ben Mendelson, Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke in the cast. As revealed by Deadline, Spielberg is set to follow up that with The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara, an adaptation of the the book by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Kertzer that Tony Kushner has adapted. Mark Rylance, who won the Best Supporting Oscar for Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies and who plays the title character in Spielberg’s The BFG, will star as Pope Pius IX.  Spielberg and Platt are also teaming up with Kristie Macosko Krieger to produce this with production set to begin in early 2017 for release in the fourth quarter of that year.

Published in 1997, The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara recounts the story of a young Jewish boy in Bologna, Italy in 1858 who, having been secretly baptized, is forcibly taken from his family to be raised as a Christian. His parents’ struggle to free their son becomes part of a larger political battle that pits the Papacy against forces of democracy and Italian unification.

Charman is the man with the golden touch right now, following on from his breakthrough work with Spielberg on Bridge Of Spies. He is working with Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson and Fox 2000 on YA-inflected Wilderness. He has written a heist film for Matt Reeves at Fox with Reeves and Tobey Maguire producing. He has also sold Lethal, a TV pitch to CBS with Carl Beverly and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones producing. Charman’s three-parter Black Work aired on ITV last year to strong reviews and ratings.  Amazon also just picked up the pilot for Strange New Things, an event sci-fi TV series that Kevin MacDonald is directing and Left Bank is producing. The project is an adaptation of Michel Faber’sThe Book Of Strange New Things, which was critically praised upon its release in 2014, with the Guardian newspaper calling it, “astonishing and deeply affecting.” He is also exec producing Alcatraz at Paramount and Eichmann at MGM, both with Automatik and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones.

Platt also has a full slate. Most recently, he partnered with video game maker Sega to develop and produce a feature film based on its video game franchise Shinobi. He will work with Sega and Hakuhodo DY Group’s production arm and joint venture Stories International, Inc. on the property.Shinobi is a series of video games that has been around since 1987 so it is well-known among gamers. Shinobi means “ninja” in Japanese. It is a warrior game that usually involves swords and knives and, of course, fighting the next big boss. It originally began as an arcade game. He also has three of this fall’s most eagerly-anticipated films coming out in Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Damien Chazelle’s Hollywood musical La La Land and Tate Taylor’s The Girl on the Train.

Charman is repped by CAA, Independent Talent Group, Grandview and attorney Gretchen Rush of Hansen, Jacobson. Spielberg is repped by CAA.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: wilder on March 06, 2017, 04:19:17 PM
Tom Hanks & Meryl Streep Team For Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’
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Meryl Streep‘s illustrious career has seen her work with countless great actors and directors, but there are two that she has yet to cross off the bucket list: Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. She’s never co-starred with the former, nor worked with the latter beyond a small voice role in “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence.” But all of that is about to change with a true story drama that remains extraordinarily timely.

The trio are combining their powers for “The Post.” The film will tell the true story of the Pentagon Papers, released by Daniel Ellsberg, that laid bare the truth about the Vietnam War, and was hugely instrumental in changing public perception and opinion about the country’s involvement. The Washington Post was instrumental in bringing the Pentagon Papers to light, and Hanks will play editor Ben Bradlee, with Streep as publisher Kay Graham. Everyone will be working off a script by Liz Hannah.

No word yet on where this will fall on Spielberg‘s always busy schedule, but he works fast. He’s already in post on next year’s “Ready Player One,” and is gearing up to shoot “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,” which many are expecting to be in this year’s awards season race. Next on his docket is “Indiana Jones 5,” due in cinemas for summer 2019, but maybe he can squeeze this in somewhere first.
Title: Re: Future Spielberg
Post by: wilder on April 23, 2017, 05:26:06 PM
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Arriving at a super-fast clip as usual is Steven Spielberg. The director, who turned around “Munich” in about seven months in 2005 from stem to stern, will be doing the same this year. His latest film, a Pentagon Papers drama tentatively titled “The Post,” stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, and hasn’t even started shooting yet. But now it will debut in select theaters this Dec. 22 before going wide on Jan. 12, 2018.