Collider is reporting that while promoting his current war-time epic War Horse in France, director extraordinaire Steven Spielberg uncharacteristically spoke about – and frustratingly also remained mum on – some of his upcoming projects.
When questioned on which of Herge’s stories will be adapted for the Peter Jackson directed followup to Tintin – which Spielberg is still producing – he gave the following:
“I’m not going to say which stories have been chosen for Peter Jackson’s sequel because Peter and I agreed that we weren’t going to let that information out yet. The script is now being written. It’s more than one book, but it’s not three books, so that means it’s two books. It’s two and a half books that we’re combining with The Secret of the Unicorn. And Peter will start working on the film this year. When he’s done shooting The Hobbit, he’ll begin his performance capture work with the actors later in 2012, which I’m very excited about. And of course, I’m hoping I’ll be able to direct the third one. I’d love to do the third one because I had so much fun on the first one.”
On Lincoln, his biopic of the great American president, starring (in my opnion, the world’s greatest living actor) Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, he was very reticent to spill any info:
“I just finished shooting a movie about Abraham Lincoln staring Daniel Day-Lewis which I am so deeply proud of. But because I am right in the middle of the editing of Lincoln, I’m not really going to speak and talk very much about that until the time is right to talk about it.”
Spielberg has a pretty good track record when it comes to historical drama (Amistad, Schindler’s List, Empire of the Sun etc) and Day-Lewis is the acting equivalent of a locust plague (but in a good way!), just chewing up the scenery of every film he is in, so I simply cannot wait for this, despite the lack of info.
However, he was a bit more gabby (and tongue in cheek) on his recently announced sci fi adaptation, Robopocalypse:
“And I’m making a science fiction movie probably in September called Robopocalypse, based on Daniel Wilson’s book. It’s a cautionary tale about war between human beings and robots. It’s a big crowd pleaser, I think, a big action popcorn movie with a message. The message is actually in the popcorn! You have to get the popcorn, dig down deep in the bottom and they’ll be a message about what Robopocalypse is really about! And I have a couple of other plans which I don’t want to go into because they’re too far out of the horizon. But there’s a lot of work ahead, a lot of television my company is producing for some of the networks and some of the cable outlets. So I’m busy!”
For fans of the Jurassic Park series (“Ooh ooh, pick me! Pick me!”), Spielberg unfortunately didn’t have much in the way of good news.
“I don’t want to talk about Jurassic Park 4 yet – it’s too early – but I can tell you that I’m not directing it. I’m producing it though.”
I’m not afraid to admit that I’m downright bummed that the legendary director won’t be behind the camera on the much anticipated dino-sequel. The Jurassic Park films have always been a perfect thematic fit for Spielberg’s directorial style, as it’s allowed that youthful sense of wonder that he brings to be coupled with the knife-edged tension he also does so well.
Lincoln is scheduled for release in December this year, while Robopocalypse is set for July 2013. No official dates have been set for the Tintin and Jurassic Park sequels.
Last Updated: January 13, 2012