We’ve known for a while that Steven Spielberg has been trying get his film about President Lincoln off the ground, but it has constantly been postponed due to budget and location problems. Last month we heard rumors that Robert Redford was thinking about making his own Lincoln project, titled The Conspirator with James McAvoy and Robin Wright Penn.
It seems like a month is all Redford needed because he is looking to start shooting as early as next month with independent financing. Meanwhile Speilberg’s film still seems like a bit of a dream job with a much bigger budget.
So what do the two directors feel about one another?
It appears that both directors have been around too long to get into a petty feud and think that there’s plenty of room for both films, which will not cross over (too much) despite their similar subject matter.
Spielberg told Variety:
We are very happy that Redford will be doing this Lincoln movie. It is completely different from what our DreamWorks Lincoln movie will be and we believe that it will add to the commercial potential of our film. Lincoln as a subject is inexhaustible.
Redford’s movie, will focus on the only woman charged in conspiring to kill Lincoln, while Spielberg’s film will focus more on the President’s anguish over the Civil War.
At the moment Spielberg is focusing on his “re-imagining” of the Jimmy Stewat classic Harvey, with Robert Downey Jr. possibly playing the lead, which means that we should have plenty of time between the two films so that we don’t get another Paul Blart/Observe and Report situation.
Are you prepared to see both films?