Spielberg has a lot on his plate right now. Since his attempt to mount a Harvey remake (which ended with brutal swiftness sometime in pre-production), there has been much silence from the man who brought us Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. and ever childhood memory you hold so near and dear to your little heart. Now, Vulture is speculating that Spielberg will making the long-gestating Interstellar his next film.
They come about this in a slightly roundabout, but logical manner. Jonathan Nolan (yep, Chris' brother) has spent the past two years rewriting the screenplay. He's recently switched agencies, which normally wouldn't be a big deal, but the intensity with which he was snatched suggests that someone in Hollywood knows something we don't. Perhaps they know that Nolan is about to become the writer of the next Steven Spielberg blockbuster.
Yeah, I'm not 100% sold on this, but I'll just go ahead and get my hopes up. Spielberg directing a hard science fiction story originally conceived by a theoretical physicist and written by the writer of The Dark Knight seems like the stuff that movie dreams are made of. Young Spielberg was a master of whimsical, fantastic sci-fi...can the older, wiser and slightly darker Spielberg deliver a sci-fi film with the breadth and intelligence of something like 2001: A Space Odyssey? I'd checkmark the little box labeled "Perhaps."
But remember Spielberg's plate? The one with a lot on it? That plate includes:
"...a long-gestating biopic of President Abraham Lincoln, another biopic of George Gershwin, a Diablo Cody–penned version of The Taming of the Shrew, and an adaptation of novelist Rick Riordan's The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones."
So who knows what's really happening? Spielberg is wrapping up his Tintin mo-cap movie right now. I'm sure we'll be hearing more when he heads out to do the press on that one. In the meantime, fingers crossed that it'll be Interstellar.