Steven Spielberg, like Ridley Scott, shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. With The
The projects currently being banded around is a fifth Indiana Jones, with a new screen version of West Side Story to follow shortly afterwards. Since 2015, it was rumoured that Spielberg wanted to relaunch Indiana Jones casting Chris Pratt alongside Harrison Ford. David Koepp has been set to pen the script for the fifth outing under Lucasfilm. Disney had scheduled it for a 2020 release but as yet no deal has been finalised.
West Side Story is another much-admired project that Spielberg has wanted to do for some time. Spielberg collaborator Tony Kushner has been working on the script for the revamped version of this 1961 musical which was co-directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.
Another film which was on Spielberg’s to-do list included The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara, a Kushner-scripted adaptation of the David Kirtzer novel with Mark Rylance and Oscar Isaac attached. This has since been put on the back burner after Spielberg had trouble casting the youth — he saw over 2000 kids to play the role of a young Jewish boy, forcibly raised as a Christian in 19th century Italy, which created a furor that pitted the Vatican against forces of democracy and Italian unification.