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Spielberg's Next Film Is Harvey
The one with the invisible rabbit

03 August 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Variety

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Steven Spielberg has confirmed that he will only be serving as a producer on Matt Helm. His next film as director will be Harvey, according to Variety.

The story of the middle-aged eccentric whose best friend is an invisible six-foot rabbit named Harvey has, of course, been filmed before, as the 1950 classic starring James Stewart. That film was also based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Mary Chase, and the official line on the new version seems to be that it's a fresh adaptation rather than a remake.

This will be the first Dreamworks production following its divorce from Paramount, and has been set up with Fox. Spielberg has several irons currently in the fire, with Helm, Lincoln and The 39 Clues all heating up following his work on Tintin. But Fox's chairman Tom Rothman was able to snare the director with a ready-to-go script by novelist Jonathan Tropper. 

The film is expected to start shooting early in 2010, and Variety namedrops Tom Hanks and Will Smith as possible contenders for the lead (well, if you're recasting a Jimmy Stewart role and Hanks' name doesn't come up, you're doing something wrong). Let us know your thoughts: does anyone else hop to mind as a good choice?


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Paul Rudd
Make it different... make it Paul Rudd... More

Posted by ronnierosenthal at 14:45 on 08 August 2009 | Report This Post

Please, Hollywood, don't
How the hell can you remake this utter classic?!? You can't...! Afterall, Leslie Neilsen's performance in this was just legendary!! :D More

Posted by hardrocker at 13:40 on 04 August 2009 | Report This Post

Lincoln will be next after Harvey
Rest assured ,he is giving Tony Kushner time to add the finishing touches,His Abe(Liam Neeson) is busy at the moment and also there is the availabilty of his leading lady ie Sally Field(ABC being difficult about releasing her from Brothers & Sisters) Also the timing of the filming of the just happens to concide with the first anniversary of Liams wife Natasha Richardsons death ,maybe Speilberg thought it wouldnt be right to start such a big project at that time,also i think the real prep fo More

Posted by quigonjaf at 06:59 on 04 August 2009 | Report This Post

Steve Carell
He walked away from The Beaver, which is sorta-kind-almost-maybe-a-little similar to this, and which he was perfect for, so I'd love to see him do this. More

Posted by viewdrix at 03:26 on 04 August 2009 | Report This Post

Bob Hoskins? More

Posted by Marcus Aurelius at 22:57 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

To bring an old Harry Enfield joke out of retirement
Oi, Spielberg. NO! More

Posted by dexy9000 at 22:40 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

Good Choice
I think will be an excellent choice of a film which I believe will redeem him from not arguing enough with Lucas over what he surely knew was a terrible ending for Indiana Jones IV, though it is still on a par with Temple Doom. Tintin will be interesting, but Spielberg could shine, and yeah, so could Tom Hanks. More

Posted by billkiller at 22:21 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Please don't...
L: The Voice of Fate This is a gem of a movie. Unless it can be made into another classic that people will still care about in 60 years - don't touch it. What next... "It's a Wonderful Life" with Adam Sandler? Makes the blood run cold iling at this, get a distinguished actor no two-bit mind - it might be fun.  I've got bad news for you fate, it's a wonderful life got ripped off a couple of years back by Nic Cage of all people More

Posted by Sphinx at 21:27 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

Remember ALWAYS and weep
Please no! The 'berg does not have a good relationship with redo's. Leave the classics alone please. Always really was not a good movie. And here we go again. Although I'm hoping it will be better. How about no big names? - no Smith, Hanks or Cruise. Pick a good actor rather than a "star." At least that would be a start More

Posted by m97et02f at 21:26 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

HANKS HANKS HANKS HANKS - only one choice! More

Posted by mgmhog at 21:06 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

Hmm...
I love Spielberg, but this is SO not what we expect from him. Harvey is a period gem. Oh please, Bearded One, make a movie that is original and worthy of your talents. After the Crystal Skulls debacle, please make an Indiana Jones the old fashioned way, that is worthy of the series' name. Or, make Lincoln. Harvey does not need remaking. There are just TOO many remakes being greenlit in Hollywood. More

Posted by El-Branden Brazil at 17:54 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

How incredibly disappointing.
That is all. More

Posted by Mad Dog Tannen at 17:41 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

Giant rabbits have been done to death.
After Donnie Darko and the twisted train-wreck that was David Lynch's Inland Empire, there's no need for any more films starring giant rabbits that only the hero can see. More

Posted by croninja at 16:56 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

He's gone mad in his old age
First there was news that he, along with Will Smith, were going to remake Oldboy and now mhe aims to remake another classic. This time from the so called 'Golden Age'. More

Posted by Taz69 at 16:31 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

Although...
Tom Hanks would be ACE in this! More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 16:09 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

Oh for fuck's sake
NO. FUCKING. NEED. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 16:08 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

The thing is, whether or not you think the film needs remaking, you have to conceed that a good amount of teenagers, twenty- and thirty-somethings even, won't bother to watch the original. God forbid, black and white, yada-yada-yada. At the very least this will, hopefully, bring an excellent story to a new crowd who would otherwise have never heard of it. And as for casting, surely no-one could play Elwood better than Ed Norton? He was only a stumble into alcoholism away from the character i More

Posted by Woodland Bear at 15:26 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

Lincoln for sure
I'm with you all the way Bond1971. I'm also waiting for Spielberg to make Lincoln with Liam Neeson as the 16th President. At least that 's who i heard to play President Lincoln, it's a good choice to me at least. More

Posted by DeathMag84 at 15:24 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

My suggestion
they should get bob hoskins in that part... his brother could have been killed and the rabbit comes to him for help coz his boss has been murdered and the rabbit is getting framed for it..... ..if Hollywood can't come up with an original idea -- then why the hell should I?!?!?! More

Posted by hardrocker at 15:22 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

Hmm.
I trust Spielberg. I'd trust Spielberg with my life. He can do a good job of this, I have faith. More

Posted by Carrzy at 13:21 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

Inaction saves lives
Didn't they remake this already Donnie Darko anyone. No in all seriousness this film does not need to be remade if they do it as a sequel of sorts fantastic. Along with a little known Christmas film. This is Jimmy Stewarts best. More

Posted by phil blakeman at 12:28 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

Lincoln?????????
When, oh when, is the Berg going to get on and make the film that I want to see i.e. Lincoln? More

Posted by Bond1971 at 12:05 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
in the words of many a person on their knees in despair whilst the camera zooms out "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OO!!!!!!!" Harvey is one of my favourite films ever, its charming. Didn't someone already remake it, and it was terrible. I don't care if God remakes it with friggin' Jesus as the lead, fuck off with this!! Speilberg...why? I'm sick of reading on here that another film is being remade/rebooted/re-whatevered. I don't care what Hollywoo More

Posted by mystra at 11:41 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Never seen the original. Bring this on. :P More

Posted by near at 11:32 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
Crap. Even the better directors have run out of creativity. Who's going to be the lead, Keanu Reeves? More

Posted by OddCinema at 11:30 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

good choice?
van damme More

Posted by stephenand at 11:30 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

Yeah i usually try to keep an open mind about these things but. No...just no. Why do they always keep screwing with the classics? What's next? A Matter Of Life And Death starring George Clooney and set to the contemporary backdrop of Afghanistan? A pumped up Tony Scott version of The Third Man with The Stath as Harry Lime? Or a Scorcese directed remake of White Heat, perhaps? (Actually, the last one don't sound too bad... ) Hollywood needs to check itself really. Hasn't anyone got an original More

Posted by dunkah at 11:21 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

What happened to Interstellar, the intellectual sci-fi project scripted by Jonah Nolan? Chicago Seven -film with Sacha Baron Cohen sounded like a good project too... Now those are (probably) gone and Spielberg is attached to just remakes. Where's the edgy guy who did Munich and Schindler's List? More

Posted by eruptus at 11:15 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

I recommend pleasant
Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, "In this world, Elwood, you - she always called me Elwood - "In this world, Elwood, you must never, ever attempt to remake classic films starring James Stewart even if you are Steven Spielberg." You may quote me. More

Posted by owen1 at 10:59 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

Remember Field of Dreams...
As Kevin Costner's character, Ray Kinsella, says to his daughter when he finds her watching Harvey on TV. 'The man is sick...' or words to that effect. This is an idea from an industry who is, at present, grasping at straws - the sort of thing you do when you're feeling out of sorts and you're looking for something - ANYTHING - to make you feel good again. THIS IS A BAD IDEA. 'Farewell and adoo...' More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 10:40 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

HMMMMMMMMMMPH......
No Lincoln biopic and he's only producing Matt Helm - to remake a film about an invisible rabbit????? I agree with the voice of fate on this one - my blood is running cold. Sincerely hope that Spielberg isn't entering his doddery old directors phase.... More

Posted by ROTGUT at 10:32 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

All of these original projects on his plate an he opts for a remake? Disappointing news. More

Posted by Biggus at 10:21 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

Hmm i'm not sure how true this is
Doesn't seem like a move spielberg would make. producing maybe, but directing? Sounds a bit off to me, even the beard would think this is a bad idea wouldn't he? *coughs* Hook More

Posted by Rumpledink at 10:19 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

Shame on you, Spielberg
As one of the most original, inventive directors out there, why is he taking one of the Greatest Films of All Time, with the Greatest Actor of All Time, and remaking it? Will Smith?! Tom Hanks?! (yes, chances are he's after another Oscar...) No one could pull off this role as well as Jimmy Stewart. Chances are, they'll have to have a CGI rabbit, otherwise Hollywood will think that people "Just won't get it". I'd told myself I wouldn't bother responding to Empire news items about yet an More

Posted by dctuck at 09:52 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

Why, oh why.....?
Why doesn't Hollywood start 're-imagining,' rubbish movies instead of messing up ones which have already been done well? Its not like there aren't plenty to choose from! Do people over there even watch films....I gotta wonder. More

Posted by drive on the right at 09:50 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

God, I just wish he'd make Lincoln and be done with it. That's gonna turn into one of those pass-it-on-as-producer jobbies, like Memoirs of a Geisha. I've not seen Harvey, but I can appreciate people's ire at it getting remade, but then again I don't object to people making new adaptations of old books/plays, and if anyone's gonna do it, I'd rather it was Spielberg. More

Posted by britesparc at 09:48 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

How on earth is that going to translate into a cynical 21st century world without being saccharine sweet. Oh wait.... it's Spielberg, we're doomed! More

Posted by whitejam at 09:23 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

STOP!
Will Hollywood just stop remaking everything!! More

Posted by master exploder at 09:13 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

There Is No God
This is the worst remake news I've heard since I heard he was remaking Oldboy with Will Smith. Please Steven, just stop it. More

Posted by fabulous muscles at 08:56 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

Michael Sheen
I'd like to see Michael Sheen to have a go at this. (Hey, I'd like him to have a go at anything!) More

Posted by tejo at 08:43 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

Please don't...
This is a gem of a movie. Unless it can be made into another classic that people will still care about in 60 years - don't touch it. What next... "It's a Wonderful Life" with Adam Sandler? Makes the blood run cold More

Posted by The Voice of Fate at 08:19 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

If ever a film didn't need to be remade... More

Posted by Timon at 08:15 on 03 August 2009 | Report This Post

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