After spending the last six months trying to set up a remake of the classic 1950 Jimmy Stewart film Harvey, and now he’s letting it go. According to Variety, Spielberg delivered the news to 20th Century Fox who had reserved soundstages for the legendary director to use. Spielberg intended to make Harvey his debut feature under the reconstituted DreamWorks, but Variety reports that one of his major obstacles was finding an actor to play the role of Jimmy Stewart’s character, Elwood P. Dowd. Tom Hanks was Spielberg’s first choice for the role but Hanks wisely turned it down. Why that wisdom eluded him when offered the chance to star as the world’s dullest protagonist in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons remains a mystery.
Now the question becomes which of Spielberg’s fifty billion other projects will he choose as his next project. I’m betting that it won’t be Lincoln because that project is apparently only good for neglect.