Spielberg's Lincoln in trouble?
Who would have thought that in America a film about Abraham Lincoln would be so difficult to make? I'm sure Steven Spielberg didn't, but now he certainly is as news has come through that DreamWorks has been having some trouble financing it, mainly due to its own troubles in finding a studio partner and staying with them.
Paramount had been close to making the deal, and Spielberg has been waiting to see if that would come through and could continue with the film, however the news is that they've just passed and Lincoln looks in trouble.
To be fair the issue doesn't seem to be down to the film itself, but more the politics behind the studio, politics that I'm not going to get into and bore you to death but suffice to say that it seems to be Steven Spielberg's latest project Lincoln that seems to be suffering, a project he's spent a long time developing.
Lincoln is, or was we don't know yet, to star Liam Neeson as the President himself and would look at the last few months of the man's life, especially the assassination by the prominent actor and Confederate spy, John Wilkes Booth.
I'm not sure how far it will go into the Booth story and the assassination, but I do hope that the plans are that it does, for after the shot was fired point blank at President Lincoln's head, he survived for some seven hours in a coma with surgeons removing fragments of skull and bullet from his brain.
Meanwhile Booth escaped from the theatre and remained at large for twelve days before being tracked down in a manhunt and shot.
Not only that but there's the whole story of Lincoln to be had, and specifically his time leading his country through Civil War. It would make for a fantastic film and tell a very rich part of American history, so why isn't Hollywood leaping all over it?
The only explanation could be the DreamWorks politics and the way they seem to have alienated so many studios at the moment. Well that's what it appears when you read the more technical business aspects behind it all over at The Big Money through Latino Review.
Would you be interested in the Lincoln film, even if you are outside of America? I wonder if the studio's understood the potential they really would be walking away from the film? Perhaps there's also something about the potential Spielberg price tag on the production that has them concerned?