Spielberg To Skip Chicago Seven

Tintin and Lincoln his next two films

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.