Movie Flashback: 10 Years Ago Audiences Attempted to Catch Leonardo DiCaprio
12.24.12 by Chris
Director Steven Spielberg doesn't have the best streak when it comes to comedies. His first comedy, 1941 was a commercial dud, but his luck changed with this 2002 comedy about a con man.
Most of Spielberg deal with fantastic characters, a whip-yielding archeologist or an extraterrestrial vistor, and in Catch Me If You Can, released 10 years ago today, Spielberg tells a tale about an extraordinary thief, who by the age of 19 had conned millions of dollars' worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor.
But Spielberg was the last in a long ling of directors who flirted with project before exiting. Initially David Fincher was set to direct Catch Me If You Can but opted out to direct Panic Room instead. After Fincher, Gore Verbinski was attached but left after Leonardo DiCaprio's commitment to Gangs of New York held up production. Then after Verbinski, Miloš Forman and Cameron Crowe were considered before Spielberg, who had originally planned to just serve as a producer, decided to make the movie his next project. In doing so, Spielberg dropped Big Fish and Memoirs of a Geisha as potential future projects.
The movie was based on the autobiography of Frank Abagnale, who went on to become a successful security consultant. Abagnale actually served less than five years in prison before he started working for the federal government. Abagnale praised the movie and how it portrayed him.
The movie was also a hit with critics and audiences. The movie has a 96 percent rating on RottenTomatoes.com and made over $352 million at the worldwide box office.
Where to watch: Catch Me If You Can is available on DVD.