Steven Spielberg hasn’t made a feature film since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008, and he hasn’t made a good one since Munich in 2006. Now, after three years of nada, the man has two films coming out in December – The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse -- and another starting production very soon: Lincoln.
While promoting Tintin, which is soon to be released in Europe, Spielberg momentarily touched on two of his other upcoming projects – Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the titular role, and Robopocalypse.
Courtesy of Empire, Spielberg detailed what we can expect from Lincoln, besides the fact that it will generally be about a man named Abraham Lincoln:
"We start shooting in October. Doris Kearns Goodwin's book Team Of Rivals is much too big a book to be a movie, so the Lincoln story only takes place in the last few months of his Presidency and life. I was interested in how he ended the 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."
When asked if we can expect a historical film akin to Spielberg’s Amistad, he said:
"Amistad is much more visual than Lincoln is going to be. [Lincoln] feels very much like a procedural. It shows Lincoln at work, not just Lincoln standing around posing for the history books...arguably the greatest working President in American history doing some of the greatest work for the world."
One of the greatest filmmakers in the world directing one of the greatest actors in the world in the role of one of the greatest American Presidents ever? Sign us up.
As for Robopocalypse, Spielberg said of the sci-fi film:
"It reminded me of Michael Crichton. I'm in pre-production on it right now. I'm hoping to start shooting the picture some time in '12. I don't exactly know when, hopefully some time this summer, for a '13 release."
Might it be reminiscent, more specifically, of the Michael Crichton-written and directed Runaway, starring Tom Selleck as a future cop battling tiny evil robots and Gene Simmons (of K.I.S.S. fame) as the villainous scientist Selleck goes up against? Doubtful, but that would be humorous.
It’s good to see Steven Spielberg doing so much work again. The man is responsible for numerous classics – Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders, E.T., Schindler’s, and so forth – so it’s always a shame whenever he’s absent from the filmic landscape in the director's chair.
Hopefully, Tintin is a return to the adventurous Spielberg that gave us Raiders, War Horse is a return to the emotionally compelling Spielberg that gave us E.T., Lincoln is a return to the intelligent and poignant Spielberg that gave us The Color Purple and Schindler's List, and Robopocalypse is a return to the suspenseful Spielberg that gave us Duel and Jaws.
Are you looking forward to Steven Spielberg’s slate of upcoming films? Let us know in the comments.
The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse hit theaters December 23, 2011 and December 28, 2011, respectively. Lincoln starts shooting in October and Robopocalypse starts shooting next year.
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