Bidding wars are common in Hollywood. For instance, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio faced off over the rights to World War Z. As we know, Brad Pitt won that one. Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg have been going to the mat for the rights to John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and now a winner has been crowned.
Spielberg and his company DreamWorks will be remaking the property, according to Deadline. Spielberg wanted to direct the film at first, but DreamWorks now says that he will only produce the film, which doesn’t mean much. Honestly, if Spielberg gets heavily involved as a producer then that may be a good thing. However, if he takes a more hands off approach, like he did with Transformers, then that’s another story.
The Grapes of Wrath, for those that don’t remember it from high school, was about a poor family of tenant farmers forced to move away from Oklahoma land because of drought and terrible economic conditions. So the family heads to California, hoping for high wages, but are hammered by poverty and hunger in The Great Depression.
I’m sure I saw the John Ford – Henry Fonda 1940 film in high school, but I’m not quite sure I remember it but I’ve heard great things about it. I’m not quite sure about this. Obviously, it would all depend on the screenwriter and director attached to this thing. There are surely themes here that can be applied to today, but it’s going to be hard to successfully pull this film off. Why? Because Spielberg’s producing credits haven’t been the best in recent years.
This movie could be horrible, but it could also be terrific. We’ll have to wait and see on some hirings before having a better idea. [Deadline]