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Steven Spielberg Developing "The Grapes of Wrath" Remake

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Steven Spielberg Developing "The Grapes of Wrath" RemakeSubmit Comment
Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks are in talks with the estate of author John Steinbeck to acquire the film rights to "The Grapes of Wrath" in order to make a new version of the movie. Fox previously owned the domestic rights, but they have since reverted back to Steinbeck's estate. The studio, however, still controls foreign rights and will likely be involved with the new movie.

The novel was original turned into a classic 1940 film by director John Ford, who won one Oscar, while the film was nominated seven times. Spielberg is on board to produce and possibly direct the remake.

"The Grapes Of Wrath" is about a poor family of farmers forced to move off its land in Oklahoma because of drought and hopeless economic conditions. Spurred by the promise of high wages for farm workers, they head to California, but are beaten down by poverty and hunger in the Great Depression.

Before Spielberg, Robert Redford and his Sundance company were looking to acquire the property to turn it into a mini-series on FX. But once Spielberg became involved, those talks quickly ended.

Source: Variety


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mrstretch writes:
on July 3rd, 2013 at 7:36:30 AM

I hope it's in 3D.
Taco writes:
on July 3rd, 2013 at 7:46:12 AM

Wow even Spielberg is outta ideas and moving towards remakes.
Avirex writes:
on July 3rd, 2013 at 8:50:56 AM

Its true, nothing is sacred.

This will just be pure Spielberg-lite Oscar bait.
cress writes:
on July 3rd, 2013 at 8:55:23 AM

ROBOPOCALYPSE please, Steven.
Cannon writes:
on July 3rd, 2013 at 9:16:11 AM


More subversive Socialist propaganda. Yay. I agree with Cress: Robopocalypse, or anything else involving sci-fi whimsy or action suspense. Just stay away from the political bullsh*t, Spielberg.

GENERAL ZOD writes:
on July 3rd, 2013 at 11:06:38 AM

a lot of
character actors will want this role

http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0196988/quotes
GENERAL ZOD writes:
on July 3rd, 2013 at 11:19:22 AM

i made some coffee and read this

http://www.totalfilm.com/features/the-100-greatest-female-characters/lisbeth-salander
Patrick Bateman writes:
on July 3rd, 2013 at 12:16:04 PM

good book bad film
JB_ENFORCER writes:
on July 3rd, 2013 at 1:57:26 PM

BORING
minkowski writes:
on July 3rd, 2013 at 4:18:43 PM

Paul Thomas Anderson would be a far, far better guy to do this film justice.




"More subversive Socialist propaganda."

Have you read the book? It may be mired in the stark economics of the times, but it's not exactly socialistic propaganda, although I can't fault you for hating Hollywood's ideological bent.
Rambo writes:
on July 3rd, 2013 at 5:23:25 PM

Another snooze fest by Spielberg.This guy used to make fun movies and now he's all into oscars and positive reviews by old critics.

RIP.
Dreamcast writes:
on July 3rd, 2013 at 6:12:01 PM

'Serious Spielberg' is 'sh*tty Spielberg.'
Cannon writes:
on July 3rd, 2013 at 9:49:08 PM


@Mink

Iíve read it. No, itís not Socialist propaganda..."exactly", but Steinbeck was openly Communist in his time (at the time he wrote the book) and numerous aspects of the story were intended to at least suggest Socialistic solutions to the bleak circ*mstances of the Depression Era.
minkowski writes:
on July 3rd, 2013 at 9:55:55 PM

@Cannon: that true, but then you never hear of anyone calling FDR America's first socialist President even though many of his programs were borrowed immediately from the experimental lab of progressive Europe at the time.


As for The Grapes of Wrath, I can forgive Steinbeck for insisting on more socialistic solutions during such a harsh time when people were starving while other people were concurrently manipulating the markets to increase their profit.

I wouldn't though hesitate to call him or anyone else a communist or socialist if he had insisted on such solutions during the mid 1990s, for example, when the American economy was doing rather well.

In other words, Steinbeck was a left-wing ideologue, no doubt, but I'm not sure his thoughts on the matter were inappropriate or out of place during that exceptional time, even if he was merely pushing his political beliefs.
Cannon writes:
on July 3rd, 2013 at 10:04:34 PM

@Mink

I donít think his storied messages were out of place at the time either, but I do think theyíre plainly wrong in ANY time. However, in this case, my grudge isnít so much with Steinbeck in the context of his life but what will mostly likely be a modern Hollywood push of such sentiments using cinematic and melodramatic sophistry; and coming from Spielberg, no less Ė a filmmaker whom Iíve always admired technically and enjoyed regarding his unpretentious popcorn endeavors.


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