Steven Spielberg to Direct Harvey Remake


There has been a lot of speculation over the past year about what Steven Spielberg’s next film might be after the upcoming The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (which is apparently now in post-production). He has been attached to a number of projects including a sci-fi film written by Jonathan Nolan called Interstellar, a movie based on The Trial of the Chicago 7, Will Smith’s Oldboy remake, and an Abraham Lincoln biopic. More recently, it looked like he was about to kickstart a franchise based on the Matt Helm spy novels from the 1960s, but he ended up just taking a producer role. Now, this week, Spielberg’s next directorial gig has finally been confirmed: a remake of the 1950 James Stewart film Harvey about a man whose best friend is an imaginary six-foot tall rabbit. Say what?

I’m sure this announcement has caught a lot of people off guard, especially considering that the future of Dreamworks could hang in the balance of this next project. Many expected his next film to be a major blockbuster, and while Harvey could be a hit, it seems like more of an Oscar contender than a big budget tentpole. The original film earned an Academy Award for actress Josephine Hull and a nomination for James Stewart, and although Spielberg previously remade War of the Worlds, he doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who would want to churn out a rehash of a classic. He obviously has a lot of faith in the script that was written by novelist Jonathan Tropper. The movie will be a co-production between Fox and Dreamworks, which lessens the financial burden. What do you think, are you looking forward to Spielberg’s take on Harvey or is this a disappointing choice for his next project?

  • rick

    who framed roger rabbit what?

    no i’m kidding. I think it could be a very successful movie as long as you have the right actor for harvey. I’m thinking Tom Hanks. I think he could do great as that roll. You deffiantly need an actor with an old school feel, as the main character.

  • ANN

    who does spielberg think he is messing with a classic like Harvey, you can’t better perfection and nobody can play Elwood like Jimmy Stewart. By the way rick Harvey is the rabbit and is never seen in the film

  • I, too, agree that the original version of “Harvey,” directed by Henry Koster, is delightfully perfect. Such a cast, and all excellent in their roles. Jimmy Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd. Josephine Hull, the outstanding stage actress who played Elwood’s doting sister, Veta Louise. Lovely Peggy Dow made quite an impression as Nurse Wilson. As I recall, this movie was Jesse White’s screen debut. Wallace Ford, Victoria Horne, and Charles Drake are all just great, as is the wonderful Cecial Kellaway as Dr. Chumley. I think Spielberg will have a difficult time finding a cast that can recreate the magic that these grand players brought to the original. I wish him luck, but, as for remaking this outstanding truly classic masterpiece, I’ll quote Elwood P. Dowd – “I for one, don’t think I’d care for it.”

  • brooke

    The original Harvey is so great I honestly do not think even Steven Spielberg will be able to do it justice. I think it will be very difficult for the plot and genre to translate to 2009 (or after). Also, I think it will be difficult for audiences to appreciate the simplicity and sincerity of the story line. Furthermore, I can’t think of a single actor who could play the role of Elwood P. Dowd as good as Jimmy Stewart. No one today has that “aw shucks” personality for which he is so famous. Perhaps I’m just biased because the original is one of my favorite movies and would hate to see a mediocre version!

  • Marcus

    I’m pretty sure that Spielberg will try and put aliens somewhere in it…

  • John C Reily for the lead…..