Spielberg’s new project is Harvey

August 3rd, 2009 - 7:37 pm ICT by IBNS  

Aug 3 (IBNS) Famous director Steven Spielberg’s next film will be an adaptation of the Mary Chase Pulitzer Prize-winning play Harvey.

Variety.com reported that the film will be a co-production between 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks. It will also be the first screenplay by the bestselling novelist Jonathan Tropper.

The story revolves aorund amiable eccentric, Elwood P. Dowd, and his friendship with a six and one-half foot tall invisible rabbit, and how it affects his family and community. The play won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944, and was also turned into the 1950 Universal film that starred Jimmy Stewart and Josephine Hull.

Spielberg will also produce the film with Don Gregory, with Elizabeth Gabler and Carla Hacken, who are overseeing for Fox 2000, which acquired the rights in 2008.

“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. DreamWorks has experienced a creative and profitable relationship with 20th Century Fox in the past, and I look forward to renewing that time together,” Spielberg said.

Rothman said: “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. Steven Spielberg is film’s greatest humanist. And we feel blessed as Elwood himself to be collaborating with him, Stacey, and everyone at DreamWorks.”

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