Steven Spielberg reached G.O.A.T. status decades ago and has still been pumping out great films. Even if he isn’t your favorite director/producer, anyone who loves film must recognize Spielberg’s impact on the industry. Personally, I have him somewhere in my top 10 out of respect alone. Now, Spielberg will show audiences his humble beginnings by directing a biopic about his childhood.
According to Deadline, Spielberg will “direct an untitled pic at Amblin Partners that is loosely based on his childhood growing up in Arizona.”
Since this film will be the tale of Spielberg‘s childhood, he will also co-write the film with Tony Kushner. Kushner has also written “Munich,” “Lincoln,” and the upcoming “West Side Story,” which were all directed by Spielberg. This is pretty big stuff because Spielberg rarely writes his own films. The only two that he has written AND directed were “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” and “Firelight,” the latter being his first film that he made when he was 17.
“Firelight” was shot and screened in Arizona while Spielberg was in high school. If the upcoming biopic were to include the making of this film into its narrative it would bring Spielberg’s entire career full circle.
Michelle Williams has been in talks to star in the upcoming film. Deadline reports that while her character will be heavily inspired by Spielberg’s mother, she will have a “separate and original voice.” Williams recently met with Spielberg about the role and blew him away. Williams is undoubtable one of the most talented actresses in the industry. Her performances in “Blue Valentine,” and “Manchester by the Sea,” were incredible and both earned her Oscar nominations. Additionally, she picked up an Emmy in 2019 for her role in “Fosse/Verdon.”
Every great hero needs an origin story and soon we’ll be getting Spielbergs.