Steven Spielberg to Direct Daniel-Day Lewis in Lincoln
11.20.10 by Ryan
Dreamworks has announced that Steven Spielberg will finally direct the long-awaited biopic Lincoln, based on Doris Kearns' best-selling book, Team of Rivals. The project will be Spielberg's follow-up to The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and War Horse, both of which open in December of 2011.
Liam Neeson has been attached to the role of the 16th President of the United States since 2005, telling ComingSoon in 2007 that he was "already a year into research" for the role. In July of this year, however, Neeson told DigitalSpy he had left the project.
I'm not actually playing Lincoln now. I was attached to it for a while, but it's now I'm past my sell-by date.
Instead, Spielberg has cast Daniel Day-Lewis in the role. "Daniel Day-Lewis would have always been counted as one of the greatest of actors, were he from the silent era, the golden age of film or even some time in cinema's distant future. I am grateful and inspired that our paths will finally cross with Lincoln," said Spielberg in the Dreamworks press release.
"Throughout his career, he has been exceptionally selective in his choice of material," commented Dreamworks CEO Stacey Snider, "which makes us feel even more fortunate that he has chosen to join with us for Lincoln."
Tony Kushner, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for Spielberg's Munich, has adapted the screenplay, which will reportedly focus on Lincoln and his cabinet's journey to end the Civil War. Shooting will begin in the fall of 2011 for release in the fall/winter of 2012. Spielberg already has another project lined up, an adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's novel Robopocalypse, which will start production in January of 2012.
In partially-related news, director Timur Bekmambetov is planing an adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which clearly strays from traditional history and posits the President as a vampire-destroying bad-ass. Looks like Hollywood is enjoying a Lincoln Renaissance, and it make us wonder: who's next? FDR? Grover Cleveland? Rutherford B. Hayes? Let us know what you think with a comment below.