Steven Spielberg, as usual, is one busy man. The legendary director, whose Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is due out May 22nd, is attached to several projects which have been greenlit and cast recently.
There has been speculation as to what Spielbergian project would follow his heavily anticipated Indy flick. Word was that he and Peter Jackson would be collaborating on a trilogy of the Belgian comic/cartoon Tintin. He also has Interstellar, a science-fiction movie about wormholes in space and time travel, in development and has already asked his Schindler’s List star Liam Neeson to portray the country’s 16th president in his Lincoln biopic. There’s also rumor of Jurrasic Park IV which would most likely just be produced by Spielberg since that was the extent of his involvement with JPIII.
Of all these projects, several online sources including /Film have reported that Spielberg will take the reins of The Trial of the Chicago Seven immediately following Indiana Jones. Chicago Seven tells the story of Vietnam activists who faced constant strife and police action in the 1960’s. Judging from his magnificent work on Munich, filming a story set in the ‘60s and ‘70s is no new task for the eclectic director.
It has also been rumored that Sacha Baron Cohen has accepted the part as Seven ringleader Abbie Hoffman, a man who was arrested 42 times. Other roles that have been rumored are Will Smith as (most likely) Bobby Seale, who co-founded the Black Panther Party and Phillip Seymour Hoffman as William Kunstler, the Seven’s lead defense attorney.
We all know spielberg is a busy man and it’s pretty impressive how thin he can stretch himself while maintaining professional integrity and quality. It seems like he is the ultimate micro-manager. I mean, name a time when this man had nothing to do. Sure, the last time he directed a movie was 2005’s Munich, but in 2007 he executive produced mega-hit Transformers and the not-so-successful TV series On the Lot and began shooting the movie Indiana Jones fans have been fervently denied for twenty years. It’s good to see him back at work and nice to see that he’s got a wide variety of projects on the table. As always, his projects will appeal to history buffs, sci-fi nerds, family audiences, and everyone in-between.