Steven Spielberg is in talks with DreamWorks and John Steinbeck’s estate about securing rights to the great American classic, The Grapes of Wrath.
Previously adapted in 1940 by director John Ford, Spielberg has already insisted he will “absolutely not direct it” because doubling up on the blessed oeuvre of one of his film making heroes definitely isn’t Spielberg’s style.
The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939, is noted as one of America’s most seminal texts—taught widely in US high schools. Steinbeck waxes lyrical on the hardening effects of the Great Depression which he believed turned the nation as sour as the unripened fruit that shares its title.
Can we expect a younger-looking Daniel Day Lewis as Tom Joad? Hopefully. Can we hope to see this swing in to production any time soon? Probably not. Will Spielberg insist on a contextually jarring 3D? Definitely.
Via Entertainment Weekly.