There’s nothing like a little competition to get the blood pumping, especially when that competition is between Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg.
For some time now Spielberg has been working to put together an Abraham Lincoln epic but the film has been placed on hold due to budgetary and location problems and though Spielberg isn’t giving up on the project, someone else has stepped in and will apparently beat him to the punch.
Recent news is that Robert Redford has his own Lincoln film in the works and though this one appears to have different scope, focusing primarily on the events which unfolded after the assassination of the president and the individuals charged with the murder.
Redford’s The Conspirator is scheduled to begin shooting next month with James McAvoy and Robin Wright Penn in leading roles. Wright Penn has been cast as Mary Surratt, the only female in the group charged with the president’s death while McAvoy has been cast as Frederick Aiken, a war hero who reluctantly defends Surratt.
Spielberg insists that his film is very different from Redford’s and is even putting up a good front saying that he believes Redford’s project will “compliment” his project but it’s never easy to have two similar projects. All will be well if Redford’s film is a success but what if it fails? What happens then to Spielberg’s project? That’s yet to be seen and considering that the project is now on the backburner, it could be years before we see Spielberg’s vision.
I’m curious to see both since it sounds like they are quite different but at this point, I’m happy to see that Redford’s film will be the first out of the gate. How do you feel? Is there one you’d like to see more than the other? Is this somewhat of a Redford/Speilberg smakcdown?