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 Posted:   Mar 12, 2021 - 3:21 AM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

I'm sure every time Spielberg is seen having lunch with Tom Cruise or Tom Hanks that some 'journo' somewhere reports yet another film is in pre-production (Untitled).

I dunno, I feel like the reporting of Speilberg being "attached" to something is usually pretty accurate. It's usually based on an announcement from his side or other people involved. They happen all the time.

I remember they announced he was attached to make a biopic about a female war photographer a couple of years ago, starring Jennifer Lawrence. That was clearly a real project, and it wouldn't have been reported if it weren't true. The fact that it never happened (or at least hasn't happened so far) doesn't mean he wasn't attached at the time it was reported.

The same with American Sniper. He was definitely attached to that, everyone has talked about it. He worked with the writer for a while and they both said later that they had VERY different visions for the film, and they parted ways. That one never had an announced start date or anything, however.

That's the only point I'm trying to make. Announced "attachments" are loose and often are never heard about again. Announced start dates, with cast, are pretty rare and usually pan out.

I don't actually remember seeing many, if any, reported projects for Spielberg that haven't turned out to be true. Outlets like Deadline or Variety wouldn't last long if they just made up people being attached to projects.

The more common thing is that you can bet there are many things he and other directors are or have been attached to that never got reported anywhere, because everyone involved was waiting until they firmed up, and that never happened.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 12, 2021 - 3:29 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I'm really just rebutting the unfair claim that Spielberg abandons projects (particularly projects this far along) on a regular basis, or with more frequency than other top directors.

I said earlier "in various stages of attachment", meaning titles that encompass everything from initial attachments (like MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, that journalist movie with Jennifer Lawrence, OLDBOY remake etc. etc.) to the ones you mentioned. Basically all the titles on this list:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Spielberg%27s_unrealized_projects

So I believe I've earned my right to be cautious, even if this particular project seems more set than many of those on that list.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 12, 2021 - 3:40 AM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

I'm really just rebutting the unfair claim that Spielberg abandons projects (particularly projects this far along) on a regular basis, or with more frequency than other top directors.

I said earlier "in various stages of attachment", meaning titles that encompass everything from initial attachments (like MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, that journalist movie with Jennifer Lawrence, OLDBOY remake etc. etc.) to the ones you mentioned. Basically all the titles on this list:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Spielberg%27s_unrealized_projects

So I believe I've earned my right to be cautious, even if this particular project seems more set than many of those on that list.


It's true, I'd forgotten about Memoirs of a Geisha. That was 20 years ago, but it also had an announced lead (a Japanese unknown) and a start date. I always felt bad for that actress. She was plucked from obscurity, announced, and then ended up back in obscurity when the film was made a couple of years later by Rob Marshall with a totally different cast of big name (mostly non-Japanese) actors.

I'm only trying to make a distinction between the two kinds of announcements - announcements of loose attachments and announcements of intended production dates - because there's a massive difference between the two.

I'm definitely familiar with his Wikipedia page, I've actually added a lot of those projects to his Wikipedia page myself. smile However, some of the films on that "unrealized projects" list aren't even directing attachments, they're producing attachments.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 12, 2021 - 3:50 AM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

After a tragic year in which so much was lost, obviously it was a minor thing to not have our favorite filmmakers working, but it's still enormously exciting to see Ridley Scott start his new film and Spielberg announce his next film in the same week. smile

Of course Ridley Scott also managed to shoot a film last year, The Last Duel, a large chunk of which was apparently completed in the fall after production was shut down in March. That's almost as amazing an accomplishment as his reshooting like 1/3 of All the Money in the World in a week. smile

I wonder if this will be filmed over the summer and ready by Christmas. Spielberg did that with Munich. He usually edits as he shoots, and has a cut ready soon after he wraps, and this sounds like it will be like Munich, without elaborate effects.

It would be a wonderful Christmas gift to have both West Side Story and this film, like the year we got both Tintin and War Horse.

From what I have read, Williams isn't involved with West Side Story, and regardless of that, I'm pretty sure I read it was completed last year. It would seem like that wouldn't get in the way of him doing this film.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 12, 2021 - 4:06 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Oh yes, I'm always game for more movies by these directors. As for Scott, any project is interesting, but I'm desperately hoping that he'll be able to close his "David trilogy" before it's too late.

WEST SIDE STORY was supposed to premiere in December last year, so it's all finished, but postponed a year due to the pandemic.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 12, 2021 - 4:16 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

"From what I have read, Williams isn't involved with West Side Story"
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Yes, from all accounts, David Newman handled the scoring duties on WSS.
Although whether that turns out to be just some score-linking adaptations of the song melodies, or more rounded score cues (like what he did on the animated ANASTASIA film), remains to be seen (heard).

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 12, 2021 - 4:19 AM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

Oh yes, I'm always game for more movies by these directors. As for Scott, any project is interesting, but I'm desperately hoping that he'll be able to close his "David trilogy" before it's too late.

WEST SIDE STORY was supposed to premiere in December last year, so it's all finished, but postponed a year due to the pandemic.


I haven't been the world's biggest fan of the "David" films, but I do hope he gets to complete them, maybe I'll appreciate them more as a full cycle. I'd really love to see the Battle of Britain film he announced a while back, but that hasn't had any status updates in ages, so who knows if it's even still moving forward.

I don't know anyone involved in West Side Story, so I'm not certain, I'm just curious since the world shut down so early in 2020, if they actually managed to get all the post-production done. It was all filmed in summer 2019, but I'm not sure how much of the music was pre-recorded (like with classic musicals), versus how much had to be done after filming.

I would presume it's done by now, since the release date wasn't officially moved until September of last year, but that was just a formality. By April or May, everyone who saw reality knew there would be no 2020 wide releases, so they might have halted post-production on it.

The films that pushed through definitely had to find unexpected workarounds. I saw an interview with Fincher where he said they had to use production audio for a lot of Mank, because they couldn't redub some of the actors. They made it work, partly because of the period setting, but I'm sure a lot of films found themselves in similar situations.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 12, 2021 - 4:27 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Yes, from all accounts, David Newman handled the scoring duties on WSS.
Although whether that turns out to be just some score-linking adaptations of the song melodies, or more rounded score cues (like what he did on the animated ANASTASIA film), remains to be seen (heard).


Dudamel is involved too, from what I can recall, maybe just as conductor.

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2021 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

Seth Rogen to star as a character inspired by Spielberg's favorite uncle

https://deadline.com/2021/03/steven-spielberg-seth-rogen-childhood-uncle-1234719603/

Paul Dano to star as a character inspired by Spielberg's dad

https://deadline.com/2021/04/paul-dano-to-play-role-in-steven-spielberg-childhood-movie-1234730278/

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2021 - 12:27 AM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/new-book-explores-the-heroic-women-run-resistance-inside-nazi-death-camps

"Judy Batalion's new book, 'The Light of Days,' details acts of heroism by Jewish women in the ghettos of eastern Europe - and even within the death camps. She documents how female couriers hand-carried crucial messages, weapons, and ammunition as part of the resistance in besieged Jewish ghettos."

She's working on a screenplay for Spielberg. No mention of Williams.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2021 - 3:02 AM   
 By:   Nicholas_DW   (Member)

Seth Rogen to star as a character inspired by Spielberg's favorite uncle

https://deadline.com/2021/03/steven-spielberg-seth-rogen-childhood-uncle-1234719603/


And Rogen thought he'd never get to work with Spielberg after someone passed him a joint at some Hollywood event, right at the moment the director started talking to him. (He spoke about this in an interview and it was referenced in a scripted show he worked on. It's been awhile and I can't remember the name of either, possibly because of having used pot in the past.) I doubted Spielberg was that superficial. Either that or his memory isn't what it used to be... because of all of his pot use. smile

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2021 - 10:02 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

Steven Spielberg’s Next Movie is Titled ‘The Fabelmans’, Open Casting Call Searching for Young Spielberg Character

https://www.slashfilm.com/the-fabelmans-casting-call/

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2021 - 6:27 PM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

And they found him

https://deadline.com/2021/05/steven-spielberg-gabriel-labelle-younger-spielberg-untitled-film-loosely-based-on-directors-childhood-1234763409/

 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2021 - 12:55 PM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

Principal photography has wrapped https://deadline.com/2021/10/caa-michelle-williams-1234854692/

This film still has not set a specific release date for 2022.

With today's news that John Williams begins scoring Indiana Jones 5 (opening July 29 2022) next week, it is possible this will be scored by him after that, perhaps indicating this is a holiday 2022 release and not a spring/summer 2022 release. Who knows.

And yes, technically Williams isn't announced as the composer yet, but I can't image a world where he does not score this.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2021 - 12:20 AM   
 By:   Thierry Schreurs   (Member)

The issue is quiet simple.

We don't need any new INDIANA JONES movie for sure.
But if Spielberg wants to do it, and he does, better it is with John Williams onboard than somebody else.

Period.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2021 - 12:26 AM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

The issue is quiet simple.

We don't need any new INDIANA JONES movie for sure.
But if Spielberg wants to do it, and he does, better it is with John Williams onboard than somebody else.

Period.


Spielberg isn't directing the new Indiana Jones film, however, James Mangold is.

 
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