Posts tagged ‘Steven Spielberg’

LINCOLN: A Modern Hero

As a nation we began by declaring that all men are created equal. We now read that practically to say all men are created equal—except Negroes. Soon, it will say all men are created equal except Negroes, foreigners and Catholics. When it comes to this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty. To Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.” – Abraham Lincoln

As you’ve might have guessed by this point, I’m something of a history nerd. And history nerds tend to ruffle a bit at the assumption that history is dull, preachy, or worse: irrelevant. This is almost certainly due to the fact that all of us hated our freshman year history teachers, only to hate our sophomore history teachers even more, and third period American history was more or less along the lines of Chinese water torture.

Which is totally unfair.

As the passion, fervor, and gut-wrenching agony of the last two weeks of this Election year proved, history in the making makes for tremendously entertaining theatre. Why on earth wouldn’t we think that the moments recorded in our history textbooks were any less passionate, fervent, agonizing. Read more ►

Spielberg Snatches Harvey

Best friends: Elwood & Harvey

Best friends: Elwood & Harvey

The relentless Hollywood remake machine strikes again.

The next classic film to get the rehash treatment in what has become a never-ending slew of rehash treatments? 1950′s Oscar winning light comedy Harvey.

That’s right, the much-loved precious Pooka tale is being retold with Steven Spielberg at the helm.

According to this morning’s Variety, shooting is going to start early next year and the role of Jimmy Stewart’s Elwood P. Down is expected to be offered to the likes of Tom Hanks and Will Smith.

Now, I absolutely adore Tom Hanks and definitely think that a family-friendly film might be good for his career at the moment, but … the obvious questions that begs to be answered is …

is this really necessary?

Sure, the original film was an adaptation of a Pulitzer prize winning play, and perhaps I am being a bit too protective. But … Harvey is such a part of postwar American idealism, I honestly do wonder if the story as a vehicle can even work anymore? The wide-eyed innocence that is so vital to Elwood P Dowd’s character simply doesn’t exist these days and I wonder if even someone as talented as Mr. Hanks would be able to pull it off in a manner that could make the audience believe in Harvey the way we do with Stewart.

And who could possibly follow Josephine Hull?

Sigh.

We’re going to keep the development of this project tightly under our radar.