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What's Next for Steven Spielberg? (ROUNDUP)

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood January 7, 2014 at 5:43PM

Never one to pull the trigger without thinking it through, director Steven Spielberg keeps a lot of favorite projects in the trunk. You never know where he's going to land--"Lincoln" took years to come to fruition. He's has been seeking a project to direct since back-burnering "Robopocalypse" and parting ways with Warner Bros. on Bradley Cooper vehicle "American Sniper," which now has Clint Eastwood at the helm.
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Spielberg, Zaillian, Scorsese at AFI Lunch 2013
Spielberg, Zaillian, Scorsese at AFI Lunch 2013

Never one to pull the trigger without thinking it through, director Steven Spielberg keeps a lot of favorite projects in the trunk. You never know where he's going to land--"Lincoln" took years to come to fruition. While he produces a number of TV series ("Extant," "Falling Skies," Under the Dome"), Spileberg has been seeking a project to direct since back-burnering "Robopocalypse" and parting ways with Warner Bros. on Bradley Cooper vehicle "American Sniper," which now has Clint Eastwood at the helm. 

In the trunk are various biopics in development at DreamWorks, including Martin Luther King, "Lincoln" historian Doris Kearns' Goodwin's "The Bully Pulpit," about Theodore Roosevelt, and a George Gershwin biopic which once was set to star Zachary Quinto as the composer and pianist. 

Also in the wings is Spielberg possible directing vehicle "Montezuma," from a screenplay originally written by Dalton Trumbo in the 1950s. DreamWorks has just brought on screenwriter Steve Zaillian -- writer of "Moneyball," Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and Oscar-winner for Spielberg's "Schindler's List" -- to rewrite the script, per The Hollywood ReporterNow it seems Javier Bardem is in talks for "Montezuma," to play Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes. 

There's a Tintin sequel still to come. DreamWorks partner Disney has imported Spielberg and Lucasfilm's "Indiana Jones" franchise from Paramount to the Disney fold, and Spielberg has long expressed an interest in John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath." 

This article is related to: In The Works, IN THE WORKS, Steven Spielberg, Steven Spielberg, Zachary Quinto, Steve Zaillian


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.