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Steven Spielberg's Next Movie May Be Religious Drama 'The Kidnapping of Eduardo Mortara'

18 April 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

While it's seemingly been an eternity since Steven Spielberg's last directorial effort, 2012's "Lincoln," the filmmaker has yet to lock down his next gig behind the camera. According to the Hollywood Reporter, one potential project has just cropped up in the form of "The Kidnapping of Eduardo Mortara," a historical religious drama based on a true story and written by his "Lincoln" and "Munich" collaborator Tony Kushner. Currently Spielberg is producing the project but he might direct, with the eventual film being a coproduction between the Weinstein Company and Spielberg's own DreamWorks.

The plot for "The Kidnapping..." concerns "the true-life story of an Italian Jew who became the center of an international controversy in 1858 when he was removed from his parents at the age of 7 by authorities of the Papal States and raised as a Catholic. He went on to become a priest in the Augustinian order." So... You know. »

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Spielberg and Tony Kushner Board Project They’ll Maybe Get To One Day

18 April 2014 10:27 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Steven Spielberg is one of those directors who piles different projects onto his schedule, sometimes taking decades to come together and finally become a movie. Ridley Scott probably has this problem the worst, but Spielberg does it to. The newest project that sounds cool but is no-where on a realistic schedule is a story called The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara with a script being written by Munich and Lincoln‘s Tony Kushner.

Here’s how Variety describes it:

The script is based on David Kertzer’s nonfiction book about the true-life story of an Italian Jew who became the center of an international controversy in 1858 when he was removed from his parents at the age of 7 by authorities of the Papal States and raised as a Catholic. He went on to become a priest in the Augustinian order.

It’s still being written, with Spielberg’s next movie probably being »

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Steven Spielberg’s ‘Robopocalypse’ May Be Moving Forward Again

18 April 2014 10:02 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

We’re been waiting to see what film Steven Spielberg directs next, to follow his seventh Oscar nomination for directing (two resulted in wins) for the historical drama Lincoln. The filmmaker legend was originally prepared to jump right into making the sci-fi apocalyptic blockbuster Robopocalypse, but budgetary and creative concerns resulted in the project being indefinitely delayed; since then, Spielberg has circled an eclectic collection of scripts, including the true-story drama American Sniper (which Clint Eastwood is now directing instead) and, most recently, a prospective remake of the classic musical West Side Story.

Robopocalypse is a cinematic adaptation of the book written by Daniel H. Wilson; a World War Z-style oral history novel, Wilson’s source material details the human ...

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Steven Spielberg joins religious drama 'The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara'

18 April 2014 7:57 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Steven Spielberg’s already-full plate just got a little more crowded: The celebrated director is currently developing a religious drama titled The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.

Spielberg may not direct the drama, according to Variety – but he does plan to have a hand in producing. The Oscar winner is currently wrapped up in two potential projects that may take precedence over Edgardo: Robopocalypse and another historical drama, Montezuma.

The film would be co-produced by DreamWorks and the Weinstein Co and the script, based on David Kertzer’s nonfiction book, comes from Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner. Kertzer’s book tells »

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Steven Spielberg Developing 1800s Jewish Priest Movie

18 April 2014 6:20 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Variety reports that Steven Spielberg has begun developing an adaptation of the 1997 nonfiction book The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. Born Jewish in 1851, Mortara was given an emergency baptism by a servant, who was worried about a childhood illness. At age 7, the Catholic Church took him from his family, as it was against the law for non-Catholics to raise a Catholic. Adopted by the Pope, he went on to become a priest. Tony Kushner, who wrote Lincoln and Munich for Spielberg, will handle the script. It's not clear whether this will be the next movie Spielberg directs, as he is frequently taking on new projects. According to Variety, some are saying he hasn't made a decision, while others say the oft-postponed Robopocalypse is the frontrunner now that a rewrite has happened. There is also the Javier Bardem–starring Montezuma-Cortés movie. Not to mention his idea for that movie where he »

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Steven Spielberg attached to The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

18 April 2014 3:11 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Steven Spielberg has added a new project to his upcoming slate, with Variety reporting that he’s attached himself to the religious drama The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, which is currently being written by Tony Kushner (Munich, Lincoln).

According to the report, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara is based on a nonfiction book by David Kertzer and tells the “true-life story of an Italian Jew who became the center of an international controversy in 1858 when he was removed from his parents at the age of 7 by authorities of the Papal States and raised as a Catholic. He went on to become a priest in the Augustinian order.”

It’s said that Spielberg will produce the film, and may also direct, although his next directorial offering is thought to be between Robopocalypse and Montezuma, with Robopocalypse the front runner. Chris Hemsworth is attached to star in the adaptation of the sci-fi novel by Daniel H. Wilson, »

- Gary Collinson

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Steven Spielberg Is Plotting The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara

17 April 2014 10:29 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It may come as a surprise to some that, a full year after his phenomenal biopic Lincoln landed in theaters, legendary director Steven Spielberg still hasn’t locked down his next big screen venture. At this point in his career, the prolific helmer (behind such classics as Raiders of the Lost ArkClose Encounters of the Third KindJaws and E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, in addition to many more) can certainly afford to be choosy with his projects, but such a long gap is unusual for Spielberg. Now, it appears he’s added another buzzy possibility to the already huge list of films he has expressed interest in: a historical drama titled The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.

Based on David Kertzer’s book of the same name, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara will tell the story of a young Jewish boy who, in 1858, is taken from his family by officers of the Inquisition. »

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Spielberg To Helm "Edgardo Mortara" Tale?

17 April 2014 8:09 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Steven Spielberg has signed on to produce and potentially direct the religious drama "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara" at DreamWorks and The Weinstein Company.

"Lincoln" and "Munich" screenwriter Tony Kushner is adapting the script from David Kertzer non-fiction book about a seven year old Italian-Jewish boy.

In 1858, the boy was controversially removed from his parents by the authority of the Papal States and raised as a Catholic. He went on to become a priest in the Augustinian order.

Kushner only recently began work so this won't be Spielberg's immediate next project, that is more likely to be either "Robopocalypse" or "Montezuma" with the former said to be the front runner.

Source: Variety »

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Steven Spielberg Eyes Religious Drama 'The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara'

17 April 2014 7:05 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Steven Spielberg has signed on to produce and possibly direct the religious drama The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, a project which reunites him with his Lincoln and Munich screenwriter Tony Kushner. The project will be a co-production between DreamWorks and The Weinstein Company.

The story is adapted from the David Kertzer book that tells the true story of a seven year old Italian-Jewish boy, who, in 1858, was controversially removed from his parents by the authority of the Papal States, who raised him as a Catholic. He went on to become a priest in the Augustinian order.

Steven Spielberg has not directed a movie since 2012's Lincoln, and the filmmaker is reportedly anxious to get back behind the camera. However, Tony Kushner is currently in the early stages of writing the script for The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, which will definitely not be his next project.

He is currently deciding between Robopocalypse, »

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Steven Spielberg to develop new film from 'Lincoln' screenwriter

17 April 2014 6:22 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For me, there are two immediately interesting takeaways from the news that Steve Spielberg will be developing the religious drama "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara." The first is that it would mark his third collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner after "Munich" and "Lincoln." The other is that the project would be a co-production between DreamWorks and The Weinstein Company. DreamWorks, quietly celebrating a 20th anniversary this year after being concocted by entertainment magnates Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, saw some interesting Oscar battlefield time opposite Harvey Weinstein back in the Miramax days. Round one went to Weinstein, as "Shakespeare in Love" shocked "Saving Private Ryan" to win the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1998. But Spielberg and company won rounds two and three with "American Beauty" topping "The Cider House Rules" in 1999 and "Gladiator" blowing past "Chocolat" in 2000. (DreamWorks also co-produced the 2001 Best Picture winner, »

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Steven Spielberg Adds Religious Drama 'The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara' To List Of Possible Directorial Projects

17 April 2014 5:59 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So what is Steven Spielberg going to direct next? That's a question even he probably doesn't quite know the answer to yet, not that he isn't giving himself options. "Robopocalypse," which was supposed to be his next project, is on hold while he's also got "Montezuma" and a possible "West Side Story" remake to consider, and now he's throwing another on the pile. The Weinstein Company and DreamWorks have teamed up, nabbing the rights to David Kertzer's book "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara," slating Tony Kushner ("Lincoln," "Munich") to write the screenplay, for Spielberg to possibly direct. Not a bad way to start, and the material is pretty compelling. It tells the story of a young Jewish boy, who in 1858, is snatched by the authorities from his home, winds up being raised Catholic and becomes a priest. Here's the full blown book synopsis from Amazon:  Bologna: nightfall, June 1858. A knock »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Steven Spielberg Reteaming with Tony Kushner for The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara; May Return to Robopocalypse for Next Project

17 April 2014 5:56 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Though we still have no definitive word on what Steven Spielberg’s next project will be, the filmmaker is adding another incredibly promising project to his potential slate.  Variety reports that Spielberg plans to direct and produce the religious drama The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara for The Weinstein Company and DreamWorks, and he has enlisted his Lincoln and Munich scribe—not to mention Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright—Tony Kushner to pen the script.  Based on the non-fiction book by David Kertzer, the story concerns an Italian Jew who, in 1858, was forcibly removed from his parents at the age of six by authorities of the Papal States and raised as a Catholic.  He later became a priest in the Augustinian order, but the ordeal set off an international controversy. Though the religious pic certainly sounds like fascinating material for Spielberg and Kushner, Edgardo Mortara will not be Spielberg’s next project.  He »

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Steven Spielberg to Direct ‘The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara’ (Exclusive)

17 April 2014 5:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Though he’s still mulling what his next directing gig will be, Steven Spielberg has added another project to his development slate: a religious drama titled “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,” written by “Lincoln” and “Munich” scribe Tony Kushner. Spielberg plans to direct and produce the drama, which would be a co-production between DreamWorks and the Weinstein Co.

The pic is based on the David Kertzer novel revolving around the true life story of an Italian Jew who in 1858 became the center of an international controversy when he was removed from his parents at the age of seven by authorities of the Papal States and raised as a Catholic. He went on to become a priest in the Augustinian order.

Spielberg and Kushner also teamed on historical dramas “Munich” and “Lincoln,” both of which landed best picture nominations. Spielberg is said to be very anxious to get back behind the camera, »

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'Spider-Man' Spin-Off 'Sinister Six' Gets Director Drew Goddard

7 April 2014 7:29 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Drew Goddard is closing in on a deal to direct Sony's The Sinister Six, a spin-off of its The Amazing Spider-Man franchise. The filmmaker signed onto write this new super villain adventure back in December, when it was just a possibility that he may helm, with those plans now being set in motion.

Although it isn't exactly known what villains will be included in The Sinister Six, Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal revealed last month that these characters will be introduced at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which serves as a direct link to this new feature. Fans noticed that harnesses for Doctor Octopus and The Vulture were featured in the trailer, but their inclusion in the spin-off has not been confirmed.

The original version of The Sinister Six in the comics featured Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sandman, Mysterio, Vulture and Kraven the Hunter, but there were also several »

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Steven Spielberg interested in remaking West Side Story

5 March 2014 2:44 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

According to Deadline, Fox is gearing up to develop a remake of the classic musical West Side Story, specifically because Steven Spielberg has expressed an interest in the project, although it's said to be in the very early stages, with a writer yet to become attached.

The original movie adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical was released in 1961 and won ten Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins), giving it the distinction of being the most-recognised musical by the Academy.

Spielberg is currently without a directorial project on his upcoming slate, with the Daniel H. Wilson sci-fi novel adaptation Robopocalypse on indefinite hiatus. Would you like to see him tackling West Side Story as his next film? Let us know your thoughts...

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Steven Spielberg Wants to Direct a 'West Side Story' Remake

5 March 2014 12:38 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Steven Spielberg is reportedly interested in directing a remake of the 1961 musical classic West Side Story for 20th Century Fox, as his fellow DreamWorks executive Stacey Snider is pondering a move to the rival studio.

A screenwriter hasn't been set yet, but 20th Century Fox has revived the project specifically because Steven Spielberg is interested in making it. Of course, nothing is official yet, but the director's interest is normally more than enough to get a project into the early stages of development. The filmmaker has only made one remake in his storied career, the 2005 sci-fi thriller War of the Worlds.

The director was previously set to direct the 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks co-production Robopocalypse, but that project was put on hold back in January 2013 due to an escalating budget. The filmmaker, who hasn't directed a film since 2012's Lincoln, was also set to make American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper, »

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Steven Spielberg Is Interested in a 'West Side Story' Remake

5 March 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Steven Spielberg has directed them all - action flicks, serious dramas, sci-fi epics, and comedies. But there's one genre he has yet to tackle: the movie musical.

Deadline reports that the iconic director is interested in a remake of the classic, Oscar-winning musical "West Side Story."

Now, before fans explode in outrage, let's be clear: The project is in its very earliest stages. All Spielberg has done is express interest, and 20th Century Fox has agreed to allow him the rights.

Additionally, the director's name is often tied to nascent projects that never go anywhere -- like "American Sniper" with Bradley Cooper and "Robopocalypse."

Then again, perhaps the 67-year-old Spielberg wants to conquer that last corner of cinema. And as Deadilne notes, his longtime producing partner Stacey Snider is rumored to be heading to Fox. This could be Spielberg's best chance to take on the challenge of directing a musical and remaking a beloved classic. »

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Steven Spielberg Wants to Direct West Side Story

5 March 2014 10:45 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

I'm a fan of the original 1961 movie West Side Story, and this may sound a little strange coming from me, but it's a film I've wanted to see remade. I am normally not a big fan of remakes, but for some reason, West Side Story is a movie that I'd love to see get an update. According to Deadline, that updated version of the film could come from Steven Spielberg

Apparently the director is very interested in developing the film, and Fox is taking steps to make it happen. I would absolutely love to see Spielberg direct West Side Story. There's no information on how he might handle the material, but I do hope that they keep it as a period piece. 

Nothing is set in stone at the moment, but the wheels are in motion to make it happen. Spielberg also still plans on eventually directing his big sci-fi film project Robopocalypse. »

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Steven Spielberg Interested In Directing 'West Side Story' Remake

5 March 2014 10:15 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There are people to whom the rules don't apply, and one of them, at least in the cinematic realm, is Steven Spielberg. Oh, he wants to remake one of the all time great classic films and musicals? As far as 20th Century Fox is concerned, he can go right ahead. Deadline reports that honchos at Fox have removed the Hands Off, Keep Away tape from Robert Wise's "West Side Story," because Spielberg "is interested in making it." That's it. For all we know, he could've said, "Yeah, huh, that might be neat" and here we are. It's certainly worth pondering especially since the usually prolific Spielberg is currently in project limbo, with "Robopocalypse" on hold, and other projects such as "Montezuma" and the continually promised "The Adventures Of Tintin" percolating potentially in the background. One thing in favor of "West Wide Story" is that Spielberg has never really done a musical, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Steven Spielberg Considering Remake of the Classic 'West Side Story'

5 March 2014 9:48 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

After remake disasters like RoboCop and Total Recall, we're pretty jaded by the prospect of remaking iconic films from the past. However, what if a remake of a revered classic film was put into the hands of one of the most iconic filmmakers of all time? Deadline reports that just might happen as Fox is currently in the midst of putting together a remake of the classic musical West Side Story, but only because director Steven Spielberg is eyeing the project. At this point it's very early in development since there isn't even a writer involved yet, and Spielberg has only expressed his interest in potentially making this a future project of his. If you haven't seen West Side Story, here's a taste of the classic musical: Fox must really want to make something work with Spielberg after Robopocalypse was pushed back to polish the script and make sure the »

- Ethan Anderton

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