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… light stuff.
The same report suggests that while “The Kidnapping of Eduardo Mortara” is currently being written it’s not far enough along to be the director’s next project. Right now that slot is being jockeyed between “Robopocalypse,” the large scale sci-fi project originally written by “Cabin in the Woods” scribe Drew Goddard (a recent rewrite has been turned in) and “Montezuma,” another historical epic that Steve Zaillian is writing but is likely not far enough along to be the director’s next project either.
Chris Hemsworth would star in “Robopocalypse,” something that he’s still very keen to do despite being wrapped up in his day job as the Norse God of Thunder in the Marvel movies. And it looks like the robot-palooza is probably Spielberg’s next movie.
But when and if “The Kidnapping of Eduardo Mortara” falls into Spielberg’s lap, the filmmaker will undoubtedly knock it out of the park, especially with a collaborator like Kushner. Their two previous films, “Munich” and “Lincoln,” were critically beloved powerhouses that were nominated for multiple Oscars. There’s no reason to think this would be just as well received.
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