Spielberg and Redford Square Off Over Lincoln

September 15, 2009

Few will deny that Abraham Lincoln was one of -- if not the -- greatest presidents ever to be Commander in Chief of the United States of America. Unfortunately he's also caused a cold war between Steven Spielberg and Robert Redford now that they both have their sights set on Lincoln for their next movies.

Spielberg's project, titled Harvey, involves a man -- likely to be played by Robert Downey, Jr., which is awesome in and of itself -- who talks to an imaginary rabbit. Redford's project is about a woman who is accused of trying to kill Lincoln. Spielberg is playing it cool, like he just doesn't give a crap that Redford's getting up into his territory:

We are very happy that Redford will be doing this Lincoln movie. It is completely different from what our DreamWorks Lincoln movie will be, and we believe that it will add to the commercial potential of our film. Lincoln as a subject is inexhaustible.

Uh huh. I doubt anyone's buying that malarkey.

At this point Redford doesn't have a great track record, especially after his last film, Lions for Lambs, bombed two years ago, which inadvertently contributed to the demise of United Artists.

As for which of these films actually sounds more interesting, I've gotta go with Spielberg's project, if only because Downey might be attached. And it doesn't hurt that playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) is whiling away on the script. On the other hand, Redford has already signed on Robin Wright Penn and James McAvoy to his film. Go figure.

One way or another, it looks like we're going to get a heaping dose of Lincoln. Bust out your logs.

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