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.