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?