Steve Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ Secures a November Release Date

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:47 pm,

steve spielberg lincoln release date Steve Spielbergs Lincoln Secures a November Release Date

Lincoln brings together director Steven Spielberg, Oscar-winning method actor Daniel Day-Lewis (Gangs of New York, There Will Be Blood), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright/screenwriter Tony Kushner (Munich), and a cast overflowing with celebrated thespians, in order to properly realize Abraham Lincoln’s experiences while serving as the Commander-in-chief during the American Civil War.

Spielberg’s Lincoln biopic is one of Screen Rant’s most anticipated films of the year (not to mention, movie geeks in general). The pedigree of the cast, crew, and subject matter alone assures this will be a serious contender during the upcoming awards season.

DreamWorks Pictures has selected November 9th to begin Lincoln‘s theatrical run, mere days after the U.S. Election Day 2012 (that’s in accordance with Spielberg’s expressed desire for the film to not serve as political fodder). Lincoln will start off in limited release, opening against the 23rd James Bond movie, Skyfall, and Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina (a fellow awards-hopeful flick). It will expand wider just a week later, when The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 begins its run at the box office.

Steven Spielberg talks Lincoln biopic Steve Spielbergs Lincoln Secures a November Release Date

Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin’s acclaimed non-fiction book, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” is the basis for Spielberg’s film. Kuchner’s script, however, reportedly foregoes an all-encompassing examination of Lincoln’s life, and instead “will focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War” during the last four months of his time in office (and, of course, his life). Spielberg has said:

“…I was interested in how [Lincoln] ended the [American Civil War] through all the efforts of his generals…but more importantly how he passed the 13th Amendment into constitutional law. The Emancipation Proclamation was a war powers act and could have been struck down by any court after the war ended…But what permanently ended slavery was the very close vote in the House of Representatives over the 13th Amendment – that story I’m excited to tell.”

The director has also made it known that his historical drama will not recreate Lincoln’s most iconic moments (such as his delivery of the Gettysburg Address), and instead focuses on the shrewd political maneuvering that took place behind closed doors, culminating in the constitutional abolishment of slavery in the U.S. Spielberg has described Lincoln as even less “visual” than his historical courtroom drama Amistad, for that reason.

Rest assured, though, Lincoln will also feature brief, but intense depictions of Civil War battles, as filmed on location in historical battlefields scattered around Virginia. Moreover, Spielberg will undoubtedly deliver a handsome final product that boasts period-accurate production design – and could ultimately suffice as a more entertaining history lesson than this summer’s superhero fantasy treatment of the President’s story, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

To reiterate: Lincoln begins a limited U.S. theatrical release on November 9th, 2012, and will expand wider in the weeks thereafter.

Source: DreamWorks Pictures

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  1. Looking forward to it, and glad now, with a November release date, it will not be swallowed whole by The Hobbit.

  2. So is this gonna include the parts where he saves the world from Vampires? Because the new generation just aren’t interested unless there is Vampires.

    ^^ (upside down fangs)

  3. i think some of it is being filmed in ireland because i was at Bruce Springsteen last nite in Dublin & Speilberg & Lewis where attending.

  4. “Spielberg has described Lincoln as even less “visual” than his historical courtroom drama Amistad

    I wouldn’t use the word “even” in that sentence. Amistad is an extremely visual film (and has one of the fiercest openings) of any movie I remember.

    I am extremely excited for ‘Lincoln’.

  5. Spielberg ?….I`m in !

  6. This is going to be great.
    With Spielberg directing and Day-Lewis cast as Lincoln it feels like the film gods aligned to make this movie. I’m hard pressed to think of anyone else to play the role.
    Come Oscar time I would be completely surprised if this isn’t in the running in multiple categories. If I were a betting man I’d say the odds on front runners for a best picture nod even before their release is…
    The Hobbit
    The Master
    I’m sure I’m forgetting a few but those 3 are the 1st that comes to mind.

  7. I think what Spielberg means is that the film will serve to de-mystify Lincoln and portray him as a politician first, revered statesman second. Remember, a lot of people voted for the other guys in his two Presidential elections.

    • That’s not how I read the article. Two expressed focuses will be how Lincoln ended the Civil War and passed the Emancipation Proclamation, things it would take a revered statesman, rather than just a simple politician, to do. I can envision Daniel Day Lewis winning his third Oscar for this role. We’ll see…

      There can be only one Jeff :)
      (Thanks for changing your screen name)

  8. Lincoln beat the sh$t out of the Klingon god and whipped Gengus khan too

  9. It will be curious to see if this film will be accurate or more propaganda of what people thought happened or wanted to happen. The facts are there in our history books. Lets see if Speilberg gets it right.

    At least there will be no vampires…..

    • I’m looking forward to seeing how accurate they will be with regards to the Emancipation Proclamation. Such as the fact that it only freed slaves in the states that had seceded from the Union, not all of them.

      That would be a very interesting viewpoint as to why it was done that way, showing that it was as much a way of weakening the south as it was a way of human rights. Which was actually a very calculated and ingenius move by Lincoln. Interesting….

  10. Spielberg is my favorite director and I’ve been looking forward to this for a while. I’m glad to see it finally has a release date. It should be great.

    Not that it matters at all, but I wonder how this will perform at the box office. I know it’s Spielberg, who can make a hit film out of ANYTHING from archeologists punching Nazis in the face to the Holocaust, but Lincoln is getting released with a new Bond film and the last Twilight. If anything, it will be counter programming.

  11. Good instead of being dragged to see Twilight I can bring the girls to the theatre and see a good movie instead

  12. Ok, this looks like a return to form for Spielberg. And no, I don’t mean that Spielberg ever really lost his touch. Spielberg is one of the top 3 directors of this era; Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan being the other 2 (and no this does not mean they can even fathom being ranked with the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra, John Huston, and John Ford, it just means that right now they are the 3 best). Spielberg directed the classics as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, ET, Schindler’s List, and Saving Private Ryan while also creating more popcorn flicks like Jurassic Park and dramas like The Color Purple. However, ever since Saving Private Ryan he hasn’t made a classic. He’s done AI, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, War of the Worlds, War Horse, TinTin, etc. and while those were ok, they’re not in the same rank as the classics. Lincoln is a return to that form, the return to the Spielberg of old. That’s good news.

    • Catch Me if You Can is really underrated. I enjoyed that one a lot.

    • War Horse was awesome!!

  13. Good luck going head to head against Skyfall

    • “Sky”-what?

      • Ok c’mon man. Skyfall looks pretty good too. And that joke would’ve been more effective if James Bond was an obscure character, but he isn’t.

        • Ah, I’m totally serious. I’ll have to Google it.

  14. When are we going to see a trailer for this movie? Now that it’s pushed a month sooner for release I’m surprised I haven’t seen any kind of advertising for it.

  15. Wonder if he will fight werewolves in this one???

  16. Daniel Day-Lewis a remarkable actor, this is a must see

  17. Pretty excited for this. DDL is one of my favorite actors after Gangs of New York, and I love how he embodies his roles.

  18. looking forward to seeing Sally Field again in a good role!!