Here’s some good news to start off your Friday. Steven Spielberg has decided to end his plans to remake the classic 1950 film Harvey.
Variety is reporting that Spielberg dropped the project in the wake of not being able to step in to the lead role of Elwood P. Dowd, an eccentric man whose best friend was an invisible six-foot, eight-inches talking rabbit, made famous by Jimmy Stewart. Reportedly both Tom Hanks and Robert Downey Jr. were both approached, but turned the project down.
This isn’t really surprising though. Given the mysterious and often capricious nature that seems to inform studios’ decisions as to what film to green light, directors often have several potential projects in development at the same time. This isn’t even the first project that Spielberg has had collapse in the last several weeks. Last month, his planned adaptation of the Japanese manga Oldboy, already adapted into a film by Korean director Chan Wook-Park, was also put on the shelf. But Spielberg won’t be out of work for long. He still has over a dozen other potential projects in development.