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The ever-busy Steven Spielberg is about to start shooting 'Lincoln,' and, as he tells Empire magazine, the prospect has him very "excited." "[The film] feels very much like a procedural," Spielberg said. "It shows Lincoln at work, not just Lincoln standing around posing for the history books. [It's] arguably the greatest working president in American history doing some of the greatest work for the world."
Continued Spielberg: "We start shooting in October... I was interested in how [Lincoln] ended the war through all the efforts of his generals, but more importantly how he passed the 13th Amendment into constitutional law. The Emancipation Proclamation was a war powers act and could have been struck down by any court after the war ended. But what permanently ended slavery was the very close vote in the House of Representatives over the 13th Amendment. That story I'm excited to tell."

'Lincoln' will film in Richmond, Virginia, with Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role.

Meanwhile, he's already got his post-'Lincoln' film lined up, the awesomely titled 'Robopocalypse,' an adaptation of a recent bestseller. "It reminded me of Michael Crichton," Spielberg says of the futuristic flick about a robot rebellion. "I'm in pre-production on it right now. I'm hoping to start shooting the picture some time in '12. I don't exactly know when, hopefully sometime this summer, for a '13 release."

[via Empire]


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