>> Saturday, December 5, 2009
Fans of the soused cinema classic Harvey (1950) can breathe a sigh of relief. Variety is reporting that Steven Spielberg's plans to direct a remake of the pooka pic, mentioned here in August, have gone up in smoke.
Apparently, the director had wanted Tom Hanks to play the part of Ellwood P. Dowd, but Hanks didn't want to touch Jimmy Stewart's iconic part. Spielberg then approached Robert Downey, Jr., but they had creative differences over the script. Finally, Spielberg decided to drop the project altogether.
The project isn't officially dead, but it will be less likely for the studio to get the movie off the ground without Spielberg attached. You can read the full details in Variety at the link below:
Spielberg abandons Harvey