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Like recreational drugs and photobombing red carpets, guessing what Steven Spielberg’s next film will be is one of Hollywood’s favourite pasttimes. With the news that he will be directing Roald Dahl’s The BFG in early 2015 (possibly slipping in an untitled Tom Hanks thriller about an attorney enlisted by the CIA to negotiate the release of a U2 pilot during the Cold War before that), it now leaves a lot of rumoured Next Steven Spielberg Films in limbo. There's his long gestating adaptation of sci-fi novel Robopocalypse, the historical biopic Montezuma (about Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes), religious drama The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara (the true-life story of an Italian Jew who in 1858 was removed from his parents by the Papal States and raised as a Catholic) and a remake of West Side Story.

Over the years, the director has circled and dallied with a multitude of projects — some genuine, some seemingly journalistic inventions (i.e. Angels And Demons) — that for whatever reason didn’t end up on his resume. Here are some of the notable Spielberg projects that went MIA.

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WHITE LIGHTNING

White Lightning

When did Spielberg consider it? 1973

Following his TV movies Duel and Something Evil, Spielberg’s debut feature film was initially set to be McKlusky, a Burt Reynolds car chase picture. The director had started casting and location scouting in the South until he realised he didn’t want to make this as a debut. “I didn’t want to start my career as a hard-hat, journeyman director,” he said. “I wanted to do something a little more personal.”

Did it happen?
Yes, it was made by Joseph Sargent as White Lightning and started a run of Burt Reynolds “Good ol' boy” films. A sequel, Gator, followed.

Made instead: The Sugarland Express

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1 Rain Man
"When did Spielberg consider it? 1989" A bit late, since the movie came out in 1988 ... More

Posted by Dropje on Monday October 6, 2014, 11:41

2 others?
dunno if these would count as don't think he was involved in them in any great detail but - Bond (FYEO? - he wanted to do a Bond, Brocolli said no, so he made Raiders), Superman (wasn't he approached?), Star Trek TMP (same as Superman) More

Posted by jackcarter on Friday May 16, 2014, 13:38

3 You forgot a HUGE one.
Prior to the hiring of Richard Marquand, Spielberg was actually George Lucas' first choice for directing "Return of the Jedi." More

Posted by ChasB423 on Sunday May 11, 2014, 16:20

4 Typos!
You've put 'Unamde Spielburg' on the highlight scroll rather then 'unmade'. More

Posted by GrizBe on Friday May 9, 2014, 18:27


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