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 Posted:   Mar 9, 2021 - 11:02 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

Spielberg has co-written and will direct a film inspired by his childhood starring Michelle Williams as a character inspired by his mother.

https://deadline.com/2021/03/steven-spielberg-untitled-project-childhood-michelle-williams-1234709935/

Filming begins summer 2021 and it is expected to release in 2022

John Williams is not announced as composer yet but I would expect him to get the gig.

 
 Posted:   Mar 9, 2021 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Super-excited to see Spielberg tacking what sounds like a modest drama again, and it ought to be a great showcase for Williams.

 
 Posted:   Mar 9, 2021 - 6:37 PM   
 By:   Ed   (Member)

Looking forward to it.

Not to be flippant but hasn't Spielberg made this film at least a dozen times over by now?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 9, 2021 - 6:49 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

Looking forward to it.

Not to be flippant but hasn't Spielberg made this film at least a dozen times over by now?


The only film of his that feels close is ET, which he has admitted is autobiographical, with its portrait of a single mom struggling to raise kids in the suburbs.

Beyond that, there are some similarities in the DNA of scenes in Catch Me If You Can, Close Encounters and Poltergeist (which he didn't "officially" direct, lol)

Other than those, I can't think of anything else where he recreated this family dynamic. I mean families are at the core of most of his films, but in a more general way.

And the only 50s suburban material he has ever shot is the nuclear test prologue in Indy 4. smile Though I guess there are a couple of 60s suburban family scenes in Bridge of Spies, but it's hardly the focus of the film.

I'm interested to see that he's doing this just as Kenneth Branagh, another director I love, has done the same thing, having shot his autobiographical film BELFAST last fall.

I'm looking forward to both films and to the scores I presume we will get from Williams and Doyle. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 9, 2021 - 11:31 PM   
 By:   keky   (Member)

The only film of his that feels close is ET, which he has admitted is autobiographical, with its portrait of a single mom struggling to raise kids in the suburbs.

Beyond that, there are some similarities in the DNA of scenes in Catch Me If You Can, Close Encounters and Poltergeist (which he didn't "officially" direct, lol)

Other than those, I can't think of anything else where he recreated this family dynamic. I mean families are at the core of most of his films, but in a more general way.

And the only 50s suburban material he has ever shot is the nuclear test prologue in Indy 4. smile Though I guess there are a couple of 60s suburban family scenes in Bridge of Spies, but it's hardly the focus of the film.


I would add some scenes and themes from Hook and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as well. This planned movie seems to be a great project for Williams.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2021 - 12:56 AM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

I would add some scenes and themes from Hook and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as well. This planned movie seems to be a great project for Williams.

Hmm.. Hook and Last Crusade definitely deal with family, but they're more about fathers. Last Crusade is exclusively about his father, the mother is already dead even in the opening flashback scene. Hook is primarily about the father too, though the mother is present sometimes and has a few lines here and there.

 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2021 - 8:21 AM   
 By:   ST-321   (Member)

I would be happy to hear another Spielberg/Williams collaboration.

 
 Posted:   Mar 10, 2021 - 1:21 PM   
 By:   Coco314   (Member)

Glad Spielberg is making something so Williams is too! Intimate drama and heartfelt music, count me in.
IF Williams is doing Indy V (I mean, it's a possibility right?), and the film keeps its schedule (I mean, it's a possibility right??), we could have two Williams scores in 2022. I need hope right now :-)

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2021 - 4:41 AM   
 By:   bookbutter   (Member)

Glad Spielberg is making something so Williams is too! Intimate drama and heartfelt music, count me in.
IF Williams is doing Indy V (I mean, it's a possibility right?), and the film keeps its schedule (I mean, it's a possibility right??), we could have two Williams scores in 2022. I need hope right now :-)


I am the BIGGEST Indy fan.....But honestly, do we really need another one? Please ask yourself that question and be honest with your self. Pop culture is stuck in neutral for the last two decades.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2021 - 5:27 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Yeah, I would much prefer Williams to spend time on a new, original film, maybe in a genre he's never tackled before, or not in many years, at least.
He's deffo all STAR WARS'd out now (thankfully) and I'd be happy if INDY 5 was done by John Debney, Joel McNeely or Michael Giacchino (or is it Marco Beltrami the director usually works with?).

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2021 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

There are a lot of 'ifs' involved here. First Spielberg actually needs to make the film (he has a history of abandoning projects), then Williams needs to be asked and accept. Once we're there, I'm expecting the score to sound kinda like THE BFG or THE BOOK THIEF, which is not positive, as far as I'm concerned. But I could always hope for something else and better. Since Spielberg's mother was a concert pianist, and presuming this fictional version is too, perhaps we could hope for some original piano pieces by JW?

 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2021 - 12:47 PM   
 By:   ST-321   (Member)



I am the BIGGEST Indy fan.....But honestly, do we really need another one? Please ask yourself that question and be honest with your self. Pop culture is stuck in neutral for the last two decades.


How could you possibly not want a new Williams Indy score? That alone would be reason enough for me.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2021 - 1:24 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

Spielberg actually needs to make the film (he has a history of abandoning projects), then Williams needs to be asked and accept.

Every director gets attached to lots of projects and never makes them, Spielberg is the same.

This is a very different case though. Production has been announced, with a start date, along with the lead actress.

I can only think of two times where this happened with Spielberg and the film was cancelled:

- The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara - production was announced for early 2017, with Mark Rylance and Oscar Isaac in the lead roles. Ads were even taken out in the trades. Production was cancelled when Spielberg announced that his search for a child to play the other, titular, lead had been unsuccessful. In the end, it's a VERY good thing that iteration of the film was cancelled. It was a co-production with The Weinstein Company, and was scheduled for release at Christmas of 2017, right when the Harvey Weinstein scandal was exploding.

- Robopocalypse was also announced, with a start date in early 2013, as was the casting of Anne Hathaway and Chris Hemsworth. Spielberg's specific reason for cancelling it just before filming has never been publicized.

I can't think of any other announced projects of his that had a start date and didn't happen. It's very different from just announcing an attachment.

As for Williams, the only Spielberg film he was ever not asked to score was The Color Purple, because the contracts with Quincy Jones, who controlled the material, apparently forbade anyone other than him from scoring the film.

Williams will be asked, most likely he already has. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2021 - 2:21 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Actually, the number of "abandoned Spielberg projects" over the years are probably well up in their 20s by now, in various stages of attachment.

This one seems like it's more likely, especially given the tight schedule, but - "wise from damage", as we say over here - I'm not getting my hopes up untill it's more or less in the theatres. Or at the very least untill the composer (hopefully Williams, but with BRIDGE OF SPIES and READY PLAYER ONE fresh in memory, and his general age and semi-retirement, we can't be sure) is having his actual recording sessions.

That's the way I've approached ALL Spielberg news in the last 20 years. Cautious optimism, nothing more, nothing less.

 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2021 - 4:10 PM   
 By:   Mike Esssss   (Member)

Given the subject matter I would very much like this movie to actually be called UNTITLED SPIELBERG.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2021 - 4:15 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Williams didn't score BRIDGE OF SPIES due to to a personal medical situation and personally recommended Thomas Newman.
Likewise, he opted out of READY PLAYER ONE due to his scoring duties on the other Spielberg film THE POST, plus STAR WARS commitments.
He's stated in interviews he will never stop composing and will work with Steven for as long as he is asked to.
If Spielberg doesn't engage Williams to score, it's not like he can go any higher.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2021 - 5:45 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

Actually, the number of "abandoned Spielberg projects" over the years are probably well up in their 20s by now, in various stages of attachment.

This one seems like it's more likely, especially given the tight schedule, but - "wise from damage", as we say over here - I'm not getting my hopes up untill it's more or less in the theatres. Or at the very least untill the composer (hopefully Williams, but with BRIDGE OF SPIES and READY PLAYER ONE fresh in memory, and his general age and semi-retirement, we can't be sure) is having his actual recording sessions.

That's the way I've approached ALL Spielberg news in the last 20 years. Cautious optimism, nothing more, nothing less.


Again, you're referring to projects he was merely attached to. Announcements in the trades that a director is attached to something are loose and often mean nothing. Big directors have tens of announcements like that at any one time, and I'll bet if you went through all the announcements for the other directors of his level of prestige - Ridley Scott, David Fincher you'd find the same.

EDGARDO MORTARA and ROBOPOCALYPSE are the only ones of his that I know of in the last 20 years or more that had start dates and cast announced and didn't happen.

There is no reason to doubt this film will happen.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2021 - 11:02 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I’m well aware of all of these things, but I believe it’s my right to be cautious, just as it is yours to be absolutely sure.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 12, 2021 - 3:05 AM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

I’m well aware of all of these things, but I believe it’s my right to be cautious, just as it is yours to be absolutely sure.

I'm not claiming to be "absolutely sure" the film will get made and will have Williams scoring it. Nobody can be certain, anything can happen.

I'm just saying there's no reason to assume the worst and doubt Spielberg will make the film, unless something actively prevents him from doing it.

I'm really just rebutting the unfair claim that Spielberg abandons projects (particularly projects this far along) on a regular basis, or with more frequency than other top directors.

If anything, the top director who has had the most projects near a start date (or even start) but then get shut down is Fincher. He has had multiple features and TV projects with announced start dates and cast that didn't happen. Off the top of my head, I can think of World War Z 2, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Torso, Mission Impossible 3, his miniseries "Utopia" for HBO, and also his HBO series "Videosyncrazy," which had actually filmed a few episodes when it was shut down, according to reports.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 12, 2021 - 3:14 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

I'm sure every time Spielberg is seen having lunch with Tom Cruise or Tom Hanks that some 'journo' somewhere reports yet another film is in pre-production (Untitled).

 
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