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Spielberg To Skip Chicago Seven
Tintin and Lincoln his next two films

12 May 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Screen Daily

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Steven Spielberg's latest film, an obscure little indy called, oh, we forget, isn't even out yet, and he's already got two or three more lined up to follow it. This, people, is what is called multitasking, and given how good he is at it, we're beginning to suspect that the 'Berg might be a woman in a man's body. After all, who else could line up both Tintin and Lincoln on their To Do list over the next year?

Yes, that's right - The Chicago Seven has dropped off the radar for the moment, amid concerns that the script wasn't ready. You may remember that the same thing happened to Munich, resulting in the accelerated production of  War of the Worlds in His Bergness' resulting free time. This time, with Chicago pushed back, it's Tintin that will be leaping into the breach. Intriguingly, Spielberg apparently told German magazine Focus that Tintin is a particularly attractive next project because it would not be affected by a possible actors' strike since it's motion-capture. We're not sure how that works; presumably he means he could keep busy through a strike working around the actors, because we're pretty sure that even if you're acting in a silver leotard, it still counts as acting. Or that he could get the human bits wrapped up pre-strike.

In any case, after Tintin will come the long-planned Abraham Lincoln biopic, probably still called Lincoln (but we're not sure. It could now be called Why No Moustache With That Beard? for all we know). That's due to start shooting in early 2009, so if you're a tall, skinny actor with a penchant for stovepipe hats, now is the time to drop an 8x10 to S. Spielberg, 1 Awesome Street, Hollywood California.

And in the meantime, if you've got a hankering for Spielberginess, head down to your local cinema  on the 22nd of this month, and ask about that little Indy film of his. The name still escapes us.


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RE: Spielberg To Skip Chicago Seven
I imagine his schedule will be: finish his collaboration on Tintin this year, then shoot Lincoln next year (release: Xmas 09), do Chicago 7 after that for a mid-to-late-2010 release, then maybe spend a bit of time on Intersellar, for a summer 2012 release...   Of course, that's just me speculating! More

Posted by britesparc at 17:19 on 12 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Spielberg To Skip Chicago Seven
Spielberg also plans to direct a Sci-Fi film called Interstellar.  This was announced early last year.   Along with Guillermo del Toro, he is the busiest director at the moment. More

Posted by paul.mccluskey at 16:29 on 12 May 2008 | Report This Post

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L: boove so the motion capture, how is it going to look? is it going to be along the lines of Beowolf?  or will it look like Gollum?  or will it look more cartoony like Appleseed? either way im not really interested in a Tintin movie as i dont like Tintin.  still interested to know the visual style of it though. sp; Peter Jackson said the look of the film would be Herge's classic style, but with realistic skin, hair, fabric, and so on. More

Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 14:41 on 12 May 2008 | Report This Post

Liam neesons Lincoln Research
Liam Neeson got the role 3 years ago and he has been lots of research on this since,i have read the book which contrary to its size(which can be a bit daunting at first look) once you get into it you cant put it down,i think you can get it at Amazon its worth a look,Liam will be simply amazing as Lincoln and its nice for him that he has a timeline to aim for now,does anybody know if Sally Field is still attached ? More

Posted by quigonjaf at 12:04 on 12 May 2008 | Report This Post

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so the motion capture, how is it going to look?   is it going to be along the lines of Beowolf?  or will it look like Gollum?  or will it look more cartoony like Appleseed?     either way im not really interested in a Tintin movie as i dont like Tintin.  still interested to know the visual style of it though. More

Posted by boove at 11:02 on 12 May 2008 | Report This Post

Yes, Neeson is still attached to play Lincoln, and he has done tremendous research for it. I definitely want to see Lincoln after all its years in development (Spielberg acquired the rights to Doris Kearn Goodwin's biography of the president in 2001!), and of course, the director's collaboration with Peter Jackson and Steven Moffat on the Tintin trilogy makes me very excited. More

Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 10:23 on 12 May 2008 | Report This Post

Shame about Chicago...
But I've been REALLY looking forward to Lincoln, so I'm glad he's definitely doing it, and I don't mind waiting till after Tintin (which I'm sure will be good fun, and I'm really intrigued to see how it pans out). And as far as I'm concerned, Neeson's already got the gig; after all, he's been giving interviews about it for ages! More

Posted by britesparc at 09:50 on 12 May 2008 | Report This Post

every mention gets me excited
yeah, i know this article is about what he's doing AFTER Indy, but May 22 (or in my case 24) is getting closer by the day. One thing though... Still not convinced by this motion capture nonsense. I'm not being a luddite, just that everything I've ever seen using it looks... how can I put this. Ah yes, that's it. Flippin Awful. More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 09:43 on 12 May 2008 | Report This Post

Liam Neeson
I thought Liam Neeson was already billed to play Lincoln, hasn't he been researching the part for a year or so? More

Posted by K0rrupt at 09:14 on 12 May 2008 | Report This Post

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