Spielberg signs up for HARVEY remake

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
August 2nd, 2009


He's a giant bunny. But he's also invisible. Okay, I promise that's my last G-FORCE-related syntax choice, but I thought it worked. Filmically speaking, giant bunnies don't necessarily have a positive connotation (DONNIE DARKO, I'm looking at you), but 1950's James Stewart vehicle, HARVEY, featured a giant bunny that (generally) brought a lot of happiness to people. Now, Steven Spielberg wants a taste of the HARVEY milk (good one), and is set to direct a remake of the film, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Mary Chase.

The original film version of HARVEY is one of James Stewart's most beloved films, and it's currently sitting pretty at #180 on IMDb's top 250. Per that film's IMDb page, HARVEY is a story about "Elwood P. Dowd...an endlessly pleasant and delightfully eccentric bachelor living in a small town that isn't quite aware that its newest citizen is a 6'3" white rabbit named "Harvey," that only certain people can see. After supposedly meeting this rabbit...Dowd's sanity is put into question by his equally eccentric sister." Fun, right?

Spielberg will helm the picture, which he will make for 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks. The updated script has been written by first-time screenwriter (and former novelist) Jonathan Tropper. No official casting choices have been made yet, but HARVEY will be Spielberg's next production, so pre-production is kicking off soon, with an eye to filming commencement in early 2010. Who could possibly play Spielberg's Dowd?

Source Slash Film

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  • http://www.teagivesmeglee.com TheJohnMulhern

    I'll be first in line for this one.

  • http://www.teagivesmeglee.com TheJohnMulhern

    I'll be first in line for this one.

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