Steven Spielberg Is Still Creating
By Diane Howard, Contributing Writer
September 4, an Associated Press (AP) article out of New York bring readers up-to-date on Steven Spielberg’s movies. Having completed BRIDGE OF SPIES (set in the Cold War period), Spielberg is editing his next film, Roald Dahl’s THE BFG. BRIDGE OF SPIES, due out Oct. 16, is a new chapter in history for Spielberg, and one he personally experienced part of, the Cold War. It stars Tom Hanks as James Donovan, a lawyer the CIA recruited to rescue a spy pilot shot down in the Soviet Union. We can only hope that Spielberg doesn’t make BRIDGE OF SPIES into some kind of leftist revisionist history that makes the USA and the Soviet Union into moral equivalents. They’re not. The Soviet Union was clearly an evil empire, as President Ronald Reagan described them, and it slaughtered and oppressed a reported 100 million people in the 20th Century.
In the interview for the AP, Spielberg spoke about making the true-life BRIDGE OF SPIES movie. It’s a story about a very righteous, principled individual, right up Tom Hanks alley. Steven Spielberg has also shared in the interview that John Williams will return as his composer for THE BFG.
Steven Spielberg has been in a lot of recent news.
On September 4, Gary Collinson shared from the Hollywood Reporter that Spielberg’s DreamWorks distribution deal with The Walt Disney Company will expire after the release of THE BFG in July 2016.
On September 3, Sarah Lord reported that Steven Spielberg, no stranger to huge blockbuster movies, has never been involved with any superhero movies. Lord reported something Spielberg said in regard to mega blockbuster/superhero movies: “There’s eventually going to be an implosion or a big meltdown.”
“There will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western,” Spielberg told the AP. “It doesn’t mean there won’t be another occasion where the Western comes back and the superhero movie someday returns. Of course, right now the superhero movie is alive and thriving. I’m only saying that these cycles have a finite time in popular culture. There will come a day when the mythological stories are supplanted by some other genre that possibly some young filmmaker is just thinking about discovering for all of us.”
In many ways, however, superhero movies and space sci-fi movies are classic Westerns, as STAR TREK creator Gene Roddenberry made clear when he declared that STAR TREK was merely WAGON TRAIN in space. The parallels between many of these modern movies and the classic Hollywood Western are too numerous to recount from the righteous incredible hero to the damsel in distress. What has changed is that since the real West is settled the Wild West has moved its border into space, time and beyond.
This summer Spielberg announced with Peter Jackson their upcoming animated collaboration, THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN 2.
In THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN 2, Tintin, accompanied by his marvelous dog Snowy, has been kidnapped while on an adventure to Morocco via an old cargo ship. This summer Spielberg announced that a fifth installment of INDIANA JONES from he and his friend, George Lucas, is in development. One can argue that INDIANA JONES is a classic Western.
Steven Spielberg has produced many worthwhile movies for families and for a range of ages including such movies as AN AMERICAN TAIL, THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, TRUE GRIT, HOME, THE MASK OF ZORRO, THE LEGEND OF ZORRO, SHREK, THE FLINSTONES, the BACK TO THE FUTURE movies, REAL STEEL, DEEP IMPACT, and HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS.
Spielberg has also directed some popular family movies for a range of ages such as the INDIANA JONES movies, E.T., and HOOK, along with more adult faire such as JAWS, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, AMISTAD, JURASSIC PARK, LINCOLN, EMPIRE OF THE SUN, MINORITY REPORT, and SCHINDLER’S LIST. Further, he has produced and directed television programming, including the cult classic TV movie DUEL and his series AMAZING STORIES.
If viewers haven’t seen some of Spielberg’s movies, it would be wise to check out reviews on our MOVIEGUIDE® website (www.movieguide.org) to find what titles may be suitable for you or your family, rated according to age level, worldview and content.
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