Red­ford’s take on Hon­est Abe

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Do you re­mem­ber that year when ev­ery film was about Robin Hood? Then ev­ery movie seemed to con­cern Martin Cahill. Fol­low­ing the elec­tion of an­other Illi­nois­based politico to the White House, Abra­ham Lin­coln is now the man too many direc­tors want to get on screen. Steven Spiel­berg has long been de­vel­op­ing a biopic star­ring (when last we checked) Liam Nee­son as the great man. Now, while Spiel­berg sets off on his re­make of Har­vey, Robert Red­ford has an­nounced that he will di­rect a film fo­cus­ing on the con­spir­acy sur­round­ing Lin­coln’s as­sas­si­na­tion.

“We are very happy that Red­ford will be do­ing this Lin­coln movie,” Spiel­berg man­aged to say through clenched teeth. “It is com­pletely dif­fer­ent from what our DreamWorks Lin­coln movie will be and we be­lieve that it will add to the com­mer­cial po­ten­tial of our film. Lin­coln as a sub­ject is in­ex­haustible.”

Sa­muel Maoz’s hard-hit­ting film Le­banon has si­lenced a few out­spo­ken Hol­ly­wood crit­ics of Is­rael

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