Don't get us wrong. Steven Spielberg has definitely earned his place in cinema lore.
That said, the 62-year-old director has made some very questionable decisions as of late and, thankfully, two of them are now history. First, for some reason Spielberg thought it would be a great idea to remake the stomach-churning Korean horror movie Oldboy with Will Smith as the star. That blessedly fell through when Mandate and Dreamworks couldn't reach an agreement regarding the rights to the original Manga.
Today, Variety reports that another of Spielberg's not-so-bright ideas fell by the wayside. He's spent the last half-year developing a remake of Harvey, the 1950 James Stewart vehicle based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The story involves Elwood P. Dowd, an otherwise normal man who befriends an invisible, six-foot rabbit.
Spielberg's initial choice for Dowd was Tom Hanks, but Hanks declined, since he did not want to reprise a role already made legendary by Stewart. Then, Spielberg went after Robert Downey Jr., who considered the role but wanted to make changes to the script. Now, Spielberg is thankfully calling it quits. A spokesperson made the announcement, but failed to specify reasons.
On the bright side, Spielberg has already completed production on The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, which he's helming with Peter Jackson. That movie, scheduled for Christmas 2011, we're anxiously awaiting. Posted 12.04.09 by reelz