Steven Spielberg is on fire. As a producer he has got his work cut out for him. Currently he’s started to oversee the next Jurassic Park installment, and now we’re hearing that he might produce the Grapes of Wrath remake.
According to Deadline, preliminary stages are being set in motion for Spielberg to produce the film for a new adaptation. Dreamworks and Spielberg are currently negotiating with John Steinbeck’s estate for the rights to the novel. According to the source, Spielberg outbid the novel from high bidders like Robert Redford, who at the time was interested in making his own version as a miniseries with producer David Kennedy.
However, Steven Spielberg convinced the owners otherwise, and the novel will not be hitting the FX network as Robert Redford had hoped. Instead Spielberg is going to make it into a brand new feature. The original was done by filmmaker John Ford, whose version is considered to be one of the most notable films worth watching in American cinema. It’s going to be hard to make another film that’s in the same merit, but if anyone can produce one that comes close, it’s probably Steven Spielberg.
Although this has the recipe to get stuck in development for a long time, timing may be on Spielberg’s side. It’s said that Dreamworks is hoping to key in on the fact that Steinbeck’s novel is closing in on a 75-year landmark, which could push production along in order for everyone to get a little piece of the money pie. The rush on this may also be why Spielberg isn’t directing the film himself as he is gearing up to work with Silver Linings Playbook’s Bradley Cooper for the American Sniper adaptation.
Here’s the official synopsis of Grapes of Wrath:
“Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in financial and agricultural industries. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they were trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California. Along with thousands of other “Okies”, they sought jobs, land, dignity, and a future.”
Are you excited about Steven Spielberg producing The Grapes of Wrath?