It looks like the six-foot invisible rabbit of 'Harvey' fame will stay invisible -- at least for now.

Variety reports that Steven Spielberg has abandoned his planned remake of 'Harvey,' the beloved James Stewart film based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Mary Chase. The 'Harvey' remake has been difficult to put together since Spielberg committed to the project last August, starting with the director being unable to cast his first choice for the lead role, Tom Hanks, who apparently was reluctant to take on such an iconic character. Spielberg then courted Robert Downey, Jr. for the role, but the two suffered from the ever-popular "creative differences." Finally, Spielberg called the whole thing off. It looks like the six-foot invisible rabbit of 'Harvey' fame will stay invisible -- at least for now.

Variety reports that Steven Spielberg has abandoned his planned remake of 'Harvey,' the beloved James Stewart film based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Mary Chase. The 'Harvey' remake has been difficult to put together since Spielberg committed to the project last August, starting with the director being unable to cast his first choice for the lead role, Tom Hanks, who apparently was reluctant to take on such an iconic character. Spielberg then courted Robert Downey, Jr. for the role, but the two suffered from the ever-popular "creative differences." Finally, Spielberg called the whole thing off.

Spielberg will continue to search for what will be his first directing project for the reconstituted DreamWorks, which now has a partnership with Reliance. Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox still has the option to develop the 'Harvey' remake.

If Spielberg is out, who should be in? We think Michel Gondry might be a good choice to bring this surreal, whimsical tale to contemporary audiences. And who might be good for the role of Elwood P. Dowd? Jim Carrey had been mentioned once upon a time, but our vote is for Joseph Gordon-Levitt -- that guy's about one great role away from being a major star.

What do you think? Who should direct 'Harvey,' and who might be a good choice for the leading man?

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