Latest Entertainment News Headlines

Dreamworks and Steven Spielberg may bring The Grapes of Wrath back to the big screen

07.03.2013

Dreamworks and director Steven Spielberg are currently in negotiations with the estate of John Steinbeck to bring a new version of the author's classic work, THE GRAPES OF WRATH, to the big screen. Regarded as a classic piece of literature, the book was adapted in 1940 by director John Ford, who won an Oscar for the film. It has since been required reading in high school's and has made an icon of the central character, Tom Joad, played by Henry Fonda in the film. Spielberg is said to only be producing the film and "definitively" not directing, especially with the upcoming AMERICAN SNIPER with Bradley Cooper on his plate for next year.

At this point, no director is attached, as the deal is still in motion, but it appears that the estate of John Steinbeck are convinced this is the way to go after considering a mini-series route on FX. Next year is the 75th anniversary of the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, so it could be a move to capitalize on the timing.

Here's the book synopsis:

A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one manís fierce reaction to injustice, and of one womanís stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma family, the Joads, who are driven off their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity.

What do you think? Something to be excited about?

Extra Tidbit: Of Mice and Men with John Malkovich and Gary Sinise is one of my favorite Steinbeck adaptations. Great work from all involved.
Source: Deadline

RECOMMENDED MOVIE NEWS

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

5:39AM on 07/05/2013
Yes this will be a huge draw the the tween crowd, they better make this on a shoestring budget if they want to make a profit.
Yes this will be a huge draw the the tween crowd, they better make this on a shoestring budget if they want to make a profit.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+0
5:12PM on 07/03/2013
Just leave this classic alone
Just leave this classic alone
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:26PM on 07/03/2013
This is one of those no brainer adaptations. The book is a classic and could be an Oscar contender with the right cast and crew involved. Whatever you do, Dreamworks, do not make it a CGI infested mindfuck like The Great Gatsby.
This is one of those no brainer adaptations. The book is a classic and could be an Oscar contender with the right cast and crew involved. Whatever you do, Dreamworks, do not make it a CGI infested mindfuck like The Great Gatsby.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:10PM on 07/03/2013
Yesssss! "Baz Lurman's Grapes of Wrath...The Musical!" Starring people completely wrong for the roles.
Yesssss! "Baz Lurman's Grapes of Wrath...The Musical!" Starring people completely wrong for the roles.
11:44AM on 07/03/2013
Here's the grapes, and here's the wrath!
- yesss, very good wrath
Here's the grapes, and here's the wrath!
- yesss, very good wrath
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:34AM on 07/03/2013

If they got the right director

It could be amazing. Paul Thomas Anderson or Coen Bros. Somebody who could get the casting right, elicit strong perfomances, and most importantly, put the landscape front and center, which is a character unto itself. I think East of Eden would also be great for a current adaptation.
It could be amazing. Paul Thomas Anderson or Coen Bros. Somebody who could get the casting right, elicit strong perfomances, and most importantly, put the landscape front and center, which is a character unto itself. I think East of Eden would also be great for a current adaptation.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:20AM on 07/03/2013
PHENOMENAL novel! Still haven't seen the film. I'd consider catching it on the big screen...
PHENOMENAL novel! Still haven't seen the film. I'd consider catching it on the big screen...
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
-3
11:20AM on 07/03/2013
Lets hope they don't decide to "re imagine" it or try to expand it into a trilogy
Lets hope they don't decide to "re imagine" it or try to expand it into a trilogy
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
View All Comments

Latest Entertainment News Headlines


Top
Loading...

Featured Youtube Videos

Views and Counting

Movie Hottie Of The Week

More