Steven Spielberg takes on Tintin and Lincoln

The highly anticipated Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull won’t be released for another 10 days, and we’re already thinking about what’s next for directing legend Steven Spielberg. Many of us have heard the hearsay about his involvement in projects such as Tintin and an Abe Lincoln biopic. Well, according to screendaily, that’s exactly what’s on the way in the next couple of years.

Tintin is expected to go into production this September, and the Lincoln project will get underway in early 2009. Speilberg wants it to be released it next year “so that it can also open in the same year as Lincoln’s 200th anniversary which comes round then.” Sounds like he has a lot of work to do if he wants to complete the project by then.

I’m interested in who will be cast to play the famous president and his assassin John Wilkes Booth. That’s a topic worth discussion so feel free to throw in some ideas below.

As for Tintin, ScreenDaily has the scoop on what we can expect from it. Spielberg told the German weekly magazine FOCUS that the production of Tintin would not be threatened by a possible actor’s strike.

“That doesn’t affect us as it is an animation film with motion capture technology,” he said.

So there you have it, Spielberg will be helming his first animated film.

Spielberg is also planning for a movie called Chicago Seven, which covers the famous 1960’s trial of the protestors at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. He wanted to do this one first, but a solid script has yet to be turned in.

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