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Spielberg rabbits to remake Harvey

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Sunday, August 2, 2009

Steven Spielberg has picked his next movie job and it will be a remake of Harvey for 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks.

What was first a Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by Mary Chase in 1944 and then turned into a famous 1950 movie that starred Jimmy Stewart as an average guy named Elwood P. Dowd who is the only one that can see a six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit named Harvey will be getting brought into contemporary times. While post-production work on the first Tintin movie continues Spielberg had a few candidates that he could select from as his next film including his long gestating Lincoln biopic and the hard sci-fi Interstellar but none were in any ready state. Ultimately it was the comedic fantasy element of a new Harvey that eventually became Spielberg's top choice and the first film that will be co-financed under DreamWorks' new line of credit.

"Don Gregory entrusted us with these precious rights, Beth Gabler and Carla Hacken developed an exceptional screenplay and Jim and I had the easy part: Deciding to go first, before anyone else, to a filmmaker who combines the mastery of craft, tone, wit and insight that Harvey embodies," said Fox president of production Tom Rothman. "Steven Spielberg is film's greatest humanist. And we feel blessed as Elwood himself to be collaborating with him, Stacey, and everyone at DreamWorks."

"I am very happy to be working again with my friend Tom Rothman who shepherded us through Minority Report, and with Elizabeth and Carla, who I’m looking forward to collaborating with," Spielberg said in a statement. "DreamWorks has experienced a creative and profitable relationship with 20th Century Fox in the past, and I look forward to renewing that time together."

Novelist Jonathan Tropper has already written a draft for the new Harvey. Spielberg is eyeing an early 2010 start for his new movie and while casting has yet to start one can't help but wonder if Steve will be putting a call into his buddy Tom Hanks very shortly.

-The Hollywood Reporter, Variety.

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