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Spielberg Won't Be Hanging With HARVEY Anytime Soon...

Merrick here...
Steven Spileberg has withdrawn from Fox/Dreamwork's proposed remake of Henry Koster's 1950 film HARVEY - rather, a re-adaptation of its source material. The project was to shoot early next year. Sounds like several factors contributed to the Spielberg jumping ship, primarily shenanigans surrounding casting - i.e. finding someone with the willingness, or chops, to follow in Jimmy Stewart's footsteps (Stewart starred in the 1950 iteration).
Spielberg’s first choice was Tom Hanks, but the actor who is often regarded as a modern day Stewart wanted no part of taking over a role played by the iconic star. Spielberg and Fox spent several months courting Robert Downey Jr. While the star didn’t commit, he made suggestions on rewrites of the Jonathan Tropper script. He and Spielberg never found themselves in creative sync on the script, and the director finally called the whole thing off.
...reveals THIS write-up in Variety. At this time, HARVEY will continue development - which of course leaves the door open for many hellish possibilities to be visited upon this already unnecessary film. Just think about how the system works, and imagine how bad it could get. Here's a sequence from the awesome 1950 adaptation of Mary Chase's Pulitzer winning play of the same name. If you're not familiar with it, it's about a dude who says he has a six foot tall rabbit as a buddy...

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  • Dec. 4, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    First Gotta Eat!

    by BGDAWES

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST

    After lunch I'll post my thoughts...

    by BGDAWES

    See what I did there?

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Give it to Emmerich or Michael Bay.

    by Royston Lodge

    Total Fucking Bunny Destruction!

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    I hope this project dies ...

    by reaper28

    but with Fox involved, I doubt it ... <p> <p>[shudder] <p>Oh and third bitches!

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    How many lost projects does SS have now in the ether?

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Harvey, TinTin, I know there's a few others I can't think of right now.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by BGDAWES

    I think his Oldboy remake could be in there too...

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST


    by HarryCalder

    Note to Fox/Dreamworks: just stop it, fuckers.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    It was my understanding that Travolta...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...was the one who purchased the rights a few years ago in the first place. And he made sure that nobody across the country could perform it, from high school up.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Tom Hanks just goes up and up in my estimation...

    by mynamesdan

    Steven Spielberg just goes lower and lower..

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Great clip

    by jsscript2007

    No wonder Hanks bailed.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST

    this movie would require no CGI

    by vin_diggler

    That's why Spielberg backed out. If he had made it, we would have actually seen Harvey in the first five minutes and would ruin the whole point of the movie.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Thank fuck for that!

    by BrooseTheScharuk

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Oh, and ZombieHeathLedger...

    by BrooseTheScharuk

    How do you figure Tin Tin is a "lost" project? It's been in production for months! He's directing it. We've seen production stills on the mocap soundstage. I don't get it.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Opening scene

    by Sodomy_Joe_Shitpants

    EXT. CEMETARY - DAY Two studio executives step up to the freshly opened grave of Jimmy Stewart, unzip their pants, and cut loose a steaming stream of piss. SMASH CUT to MAIN TITLES SEQUENCE.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST


    by ZombieHeathLedger

    I stand corrected. There seems to be a Spielberg announcement similar to this every week now and I got confused. Maybe it was just wishful thinking on my part?

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Spielberg "Nuked The Fridge" with........................

    by jerry91748

    Indy 4

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Bout time this story popped up

    by DVader

    I was beginning to wonder... Hey Merrick, you ever realize you double-posted that PT Anderson religious story yet? Or do you never troll your own talkbacks anymore?

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    DId someone up there just use the term "Nuke The Fridge"?

    by slone13

    How quaint.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST

    And Spiels is off the Oldboy remake now too, right?

    by DVader

    So let's see, Harvey down, Oldboy down... That just leaves the black-hole/sci-fi movie, the Bourne Identity-ish spy movie, the Lincoln biopic movie, the Indy V movie, and what else has he been attached to in the past year?

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 12:24 p.m. CST

    thx DVader

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    I knew there was a bunch I was forgetting.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST

    This didn't need to be remade...

    by ZoeFan

    Much like Oldboy.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 12:30 p.m. CST


    by Jared

    This will give Spielberg more time to deal with the other 50 projects he's reported to be connected with.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Using "Nuke The Fridge" in connection with Indy 4 is fine


    Or do you not realise the origins of that phrase?

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Why, it's Spielberg's cancelled project of the week!

    by ricarleite2

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Great News!

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    I was dreading both Oldboy and Harvey. Hopefully Spielberg can finally get around to Lincoln and Interstellar sometime this century.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    I'm so happy

    by banville

    Was dreading having the sublime Harvey fucked over.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Will Smith fights an army of 6ft. zombie rabbits

    by Brannagins Law

    all motion captured by Zemeckis

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST


    by TehCreepyThinMan

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    something Hollywood would never touch

    by Brannagins Law

    seeing Battle Royale when it came out on Region 1, besides being blown away, I remember thinking Hollywood will never be able to touch this idea. And for some reason that makes me appreciate it that much more .

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    Would have watches it with Hanks

    by Bass Ackwards

    No so much with Downey, though I so like the guy. But even saying that, Hanks made the right choice, and now that both he and Spielberg are out this project ought to just fall by the wayside. Spielberg did his remake with WotW (which, unlike many here, I actually enjoyed), he should shake off this itch. I think Spielberg still has lots of good movies in him, but I remakes and sequels aren't going to be the route to those movies.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 1:01 p.m. CST

    sick of remakes

    by IamZardoz

    invent a new story or something you hacks....

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 1:01 p.m. CST

    if AVATAR is a success

    by JohnRyder

    maybe Spielberg will make Interstellar. (if it would be as good as AI, don't bother)

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST

    No one will ever top...

    by Sasson

    Harry Anderson's version. The only thing that would have made it better would be magic, and lots of it.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    How about 1941 2! CG Belushi! Practical John Candy!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Nuke the fridge...

    by AnUsulDarkley

    is the new "jump the shark". I think it was about time to update this phrase. I feel like the only one here who has enjoyed some of Spielberg's more recent sci fi. AI, Minority Report, and War of the Worlds are all excellent films.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 1:25 p.m. CST

    On to Indy V

    by Liberty Valance

    Because I'm rational enough to accept that Temple of Doom and Last Crusade both had retarded, ridiculous, unrealistic shit in them, but I love them anyway.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Good, ditch it.

    by Triple_J_72

    And uh, yeah, more Indy... PLEASE!

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Forbidden Planet crossover

    by cyberskunk

    I wonder if that would ever happen? "Our laser canons are showing the invisible monster! It's.. a six foot tall biped rabbit!" Or there could be a four-way crossover. Forbidden Planet, Harvey, the original Outer Limits episode called The Man With the Power, and Silent Hill 3, so the rabbit can look like Robbie when it's visible.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Edward Norton could play that role

    by dailysportspages

    If it had to be remade.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Nuke the nipples off of the flame-painted fridge...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...As it jumps the shark.<p> Tom Hanks just jumped 100% on my respect barometer for trying to stop this travesty from happening...<p> "But Tom...we own-n-n-n-n-n the righ-h-h-h-hts!!!"

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Spielberg needs to go back to his roots

    by genrefanboy the popcorn movies which made him as that's where his best works lies. All these other projects never quite work & or end in total failure! </p> Indy5 & Interstellar are the only 2 movies he should develop right now with a view to directing both in the next 2 years.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Thank God. Useless remake.

    by riskebiz

    Speilberg should know better than to remake this. It is a senseless remake of a perfect movie. I'm glad he is passing completely. He'd have been cursed if he had made it.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Thank you…Thank you film Gods…

    by blakindigo

    If they MUST do it — please take the time to get it right. An unnecessary remake, I think.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 2:05 p.m. CST


    by Rectal Blowout

    Exactly. Someone mentioned it earlier. Why the fuck is it taking so long to do that film but he put out War of the Worlds in a flash? Why because he doesn't want it to suck-ass like WOTW did? I'm surprised there's not a Jurassic Park 3D yet.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 2:13 p.m. CST

    I'm also gald that the oldboy

    by Wookie_1995

    Remake is out, Perfect flim already. The only i never got about it is why did the main character cut his tounge off, was it becuase he spread the rumor?

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 2:13 p.m. CST

    I'm also gald that the oldboy

    by Wookie_1995

    Remake is out, Perfect flim already. The only i never got about it is why did the main character cut his tounge off, was it becuase he spread the rumor?

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Speilberg is making Lincoln next with Liam Neeson

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    I think........ Tin-Tin is in post production, and he's producer on the next two. Maybe even co-director on 3rd with PJ<p>Old Boy and Harvey now off, so he's probably now looking for something else. Also dont forget the dreaded Indy 5 with The Beef. I think they''re still arsing around with that in script developmenmt shite

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    "Using "Nuke The Fridge" in connection with Indy 4 is fine"

    by togmeister

    Let's leave aside the fact that a man surviving a relatively low-yield atomic blast more than two miles away by sealing themselves in a lead-lined casket is, in fact, not only plausible, but even likely. There were survivors of the Hiroshima blast less than a mile from ground zero who received only mild burns thanks to being protected by a WOODEN FENCE. Yes really. But hey, let's not bother to think for ourselves, let's just run with a popular myth created on movie internet forums.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Morgan Freeman and Jason Reitman

    by venvariants

    Perfect remake, hands down.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by Rupee88

    you are retarded...the impact when the fridge landed is what would have killed him if not the blast.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by bigpale

    If Indy had landed in a giant pillow factory, that would have saved the scene.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 2:59 p.m. CST

    If not Tom Hanks

    by bigpale

    Then I'm sure the studio will do their best to find someone with the gravitas to handle such an iconic role. .... COMING NEXT SPRING "HARVEY" Starring: Seth Rogan Written by: Akiva Goldsman Directed by: Brett Ratner Music by: Coolio

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 3:02 p.m. CST


    by the Green Gargantua


  • Dec. 4, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST

    I had the privilege

    by HootDad

    Of playing the part in a production a few months back. It is such a fantastic part to play. I have to say, you really don't have to play it like Stewart for it to work - it's really a part that you can sort of ease into as an actor. The funny thing is, I went in and only read once and they said "thank you" and I figured "well, I blew that..." It's actually a hard part to audition for because, usually when you audition you want to "show off" and that part is so subtle you have to underplay it - and that can be death in an audition. Anyway, they called me within an hour and said I had the part. What a blast. Whereas I think Hanks would be great in the role, part of me has to think - "why bother"

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by HootDad

    For the record, supposedly Mary Chase wanted the audience to see Harvey at the end of the second act. The director talked her out of it, instead opting for doors opening and closing.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Poor Frank Fay

    by HootDad

    And btw... I always felt sorry for Frank Fay. How was he? The original Elwood in Harvey. And supposedly he was amazing. Oh well...

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST

    I meant "WHO was he"...

    by HootDad

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 3:31 p.m. CST

    togmeister - About "NUKE THE FRIDGE"

    by jerry91748

    He was in ground Zero and thrown 3 miles away, then looks straight at the blast without going blind. Very lame!

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 3:31 p.m. CST

    this was already remade with the judge harry

    by krod

    from night court....awesome film!

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 3:32 p.m. CST

    dailysports- excellent casting suggestion

    by YackBacker


  • Dec. 4, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST


    by Mockingbird Girl

    This is not a film that needs a remake.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST

    I wish Spielberg would go back to making quality films on small

    by SithMenace

    Duel, Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders, all made on small budgets and arguably his best work. I would love to see the Lincoln biopic, but I'm starting to get the feeling it will never get made. <p>What I would really like to see from Spielberg is another original idea, a character as new and fascinating as Indiana Jones or a film (it can be based on a book) as fun as Jurassic Park, but unfortunately I just don't think he has it in him anymore.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Small budgets

    by SithMenace

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Shameless plug

    by SavageJuicebox

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Yes, let hime move on....

    by STLost

    to Indy V and Interstellar. They are right up his alley.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    I like alot of you

    by emeraldboy

    was a huge berg fan. not anymore. being a european, I am very interested to see his take on tin tin.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 4:11 p.m. CST

    I hear George Cloony needs work.

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST


    by vin_diggler

    I did not know tha. None the less, I doubt Mary Chase has envisioned a film that Spielberg would most likely turn into Roger Rabbit 2.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    If Hanks won't do it.

    by fiester

    Then do not remake this film. He is the only living actor who would have a shot at making it work.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Leaked Deathly Hallows trailer

    by Vesuvio

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Excellent News!

    by Gungan Slayer

    "Harvey" does not need a remake! Hopefully Spielberg's departure will kill this project.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Spielberg does seem to have lost som mojo

    by Jaka

    I hope he gets it back. The amount of his projects that are not getting done alone show he's lost some clout. Whatever, he's still made a gang of quality films, so I'll always give him a chance. But like others I'm definitely hoping he can crank out a few winners in the near future.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    togmeister, oh please

    by MattmanReturns

    The explosion sent the fridge flying through the air for what appeared to be at least a mile. It then hit the ground and bounced repeatedly. Indy would've been pulverized on impact. I would've been more forgiving of that scene had the blast simply knocked the fridge over and covered it in debris, and the government guys later dug Indy out of it or something.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Can Spielberg go make INTERSTELLAR now, please?

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Where is....

    by Gunslinger1919

    ...McG when you need him....he could bring some much needed magic to this project....<ahem> that's sarcasm if you couldn't tell....hope this project dies a quick's not needed....what's next? A shot for shot remake of PSYCHO? --G

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Harvey Salvation: A McG Film

    by AsimovLives

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Fan-Tasia had a short film....

    by NixEclips

    That CGI'd or animated the rabbit in, to show how stupid it would be to make him real. Wish I could find that short.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 5:14 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    At least he had the decency to turn it down.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    We like you too, emeraldboy!

    by ebonic_plague

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Good, do the Dig now!

    by gmanca

    Turn Interstellar into "The Dig;" it easily works together with similar concepts, such as the asteroid/spaceship that travels through a wormhole to a planet with a machine capable of traveling between space-time and phases of existence. No need to remake Harvey, which is a great little film; nothing flashy but Stewart, his sister Vita and the rest of the gang make the movie.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 5:50 p.m. CST

    "Nuke the Fridge" is not the new "Jump the Shark"

    by slone13

    <p>And no matter how much you may try to make it so, it never will be.</p> <p>I now return you to your regularly scheduled talkback.</p>

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 6:21 p.m. CST

    jerry91748: Indy wouldn't have gone blind

    by Nem_Wan

    The blinding flash lasts only a few seconds. In the movie you can hear the PA warning not to remove goggles till 10 seconds after detonation. He wasn't at ground zero, the bomb was on a tower that appeared to be miles away from the fake town. togmeister is right. The force Indy experienced when the fridge was thrown and landed is the main issue. Indy had previously fallen from a plane onto a mountain in just an inflatable raft with two other people in it so I don't know why people are complaining now.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS


  • Dec. 4, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST

    In case no one else said it above....

    by Stewie_Griffin

    I couldn't be bothered to read it.. You can't remake Harvey. Full stop. You won't update it, improve it, modernize it. It can't be made better! Please, please please leave it alone! Some films need nothing, re-release it on blu, give it the extras it deserves, but other than that? fuck off

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 6:47 p.m. CST

    lets not forget

    by vin_diggler

    Indy survived falling from a plane, drinking poison, getting run over by a truck, crashing a plane, falling over a cliff, falling from a bridge over a cliff, stepping off a cliff, swimming through flames (with his eyes open I must add), a runnaway mine car, 10,000 giant ants.... you get my point, yet the damn fridge really went too far huh?

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Heh, when you type "nuke the fridge" on wikipedia...

    by MattmanReturns

    It automatically redirects you to Jump the Shark.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Does anyone remember in Temple of Doom

    by lockesbrokenleg

    when the mine cars going through the tunnel, and there's a space in the tracks, so the mine car flies off the track and lands on the other side? And people are complaining about Indy IV?

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Oh yea I almost forgot

    by vin_diggler

    he survived the wrath of God by closing his eyes!

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST

    McG's Harvey starring Vin Diesel...

    by Darth_Inedible

    Vin stars as a dude marooned on a hellish, mutant infested volcanic prison planet who says he has a six foot tall rabbit as a buddy.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Who Knew: Hanks is The Man, Spielberg becomes a hack

    by chromedome

    Thank you, Tom Hanks, for your stamp of disapproval of this entire project.<p>Spielberg gets no credit, as he was still trying to do this--this demonstrates his desperation to be "in play" when he has no creative, original ideas whatsoever.... Sad, really. <p>Just Sad.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Lock that actually worked because the mine cars weren't CG...

    by Darth_Inedible

    ...Just like the gopher and monkey scenes wouldn't have been so offensive if Spiels had been using old school trained animals. Someone actually had to find a way to do that miniature stunt with little models and that was cool. There's just something about labored CGI slapstick that never feels right.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom

    by seniorspeilbergio

    I can tell you, when i saw that movie in the theater and the mine car jump the tracks the WHOLE audience let out a collective and quite vocal "Aw, c'mon".

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 7:39 p.m. CST

    slone13 - about NUKE THE FRIDGE

    by jerry91748

    Google Returns for "Nuke The Fridge" is over 250,000. Jump the Shark is 259,000. NTF is only 2 years old. JTS is 40.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Spielberg's mad he didn't diarrhea dump another classic

    by Onin Solstice

    First Old Boy and now this, he must be getting angrier. He's got a massive load steaming in his colon. Beware the next film he makes. He'll unload everything.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Ron Jeremy

    by Gigrantor

    This could be his first major Hollywood starring role. Make it a love story between a man and a rabbit and it has hit written all over it! What do ye all think?

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Spielberg will never become a "hack"

    by MattmanReturns

    A hack is someone who doesn't give a shit and has no style of his own (Ratner). Spielberg's made a few bad films, but has several masterpieces under his belt. And even his bad movies are beautifully shot and choreographed.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Huzzah for Hanks!

    by Wookie_Weed

    The man has integrity.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    I'd rather he remake Harvey with Tom Hanks

    by beefywhore

    than remake Old Boy with Will Smith

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 8:39 p.m. CST

    I'd rather he made Interstellar

    by seniorspeilbergio

    C'mon Speil. If you really want to do something to capture people's interest again go with the adult, intelectual sci-fi film. The Speilberg of 20 years ago would have fast tracked that one ahead of anything else. It's the one idea that stands out from all his other developement projects. Original, smart, not based on another existing property or film. That Linocln bio is right behind it. They would make the perfect 1 2 punch, much like Jurassic Park and Schindler's List.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Do not...

    by pk68

    fuck with this's a classic and doesn't need to be remade..

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Maybe the man is just lacking inspiration right now

    by Jaka

    Because he never really seemed like a remake kinda director to me to begin with. Hook, aside - and that's really his take on it anyway. Not so much a remake.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 9:14 p.m. CST

    If it must be done, here are some possibly viable names;

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    DIRECTORS: <p> PT Anderson [Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love] <p> Frank Darabont [The Majestic, The Green Mile] <p> The Coen Bros. [Hudsucker Proxy, The Man Who Wasn't There] <p> Sam Mendes [American Beauty, Road To Perditon, Away We Go] <p> Gary Ross [Pleasantville] <p> The Polish Bros. [Northfork, Twin Falls Idaho] <p> Gore Verbinski [Mouse Hunt, Weatherman] <p> Spike Jonze [Being John Malkovich, Adaptation] <p> Jason Reitman [Thank You For Smoking, Up In The Air] <p> Wes Anderson [Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox] <p> Alexander Payne [About Schmidt, Election] <p> Cameron Crowe [Say Anything, Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky] <p> Andrew Niccol [Gattica, Lord Of War, Simone] <p> Mike Nichols [The Graduate, Regarding Henry, Closer] <p> Peter Weir [The Truman Show, Green Card] <p> Harold Ramis [Groundhog Day, Multiplicity, The Ice Harvest]<p> Ben Stiller [Reality Bites, The Cable Guy] <p> Jude Apatow [The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up] <p> Jake Kasdan [Zero Effect, Orange County]

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Nuke The Fridge's Sad Failure as a Catchphrase

    by Acquanetta

    Nuke The Fridge has proven to be a useful internet meme for fanboys, but it largely failed as a cultural catchphrase. Jump The Shark caught on because Happy Days began life as a nostalgic look at everyday life in the 1950s. So by the time a leather-jacketed(!) Fonzie jumped over a shark on water skis, even the most loyal fans had to admit the show had lost its way. By comparison, Indiana Jones was always about a fictional hero who encountered the fantastic. Yes, he should've died in the fridge, but he should've also died in previous stunts like his freefall out of a plane. However, since we're talking about a guy that has been spared by both God and Shiva, it's a little easier to overlook the fact that he's had a few truly miraculous escapes.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Everyone sniffing around "Harvey"

    by daggor

    is looking for an Oscar nomination. Write something new, and find a way to get the public to watch the original.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 10:12 p.m. CST

    RDJ's head growing.

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    On some other site he almost took credit for for the IM2 script. This will be fun to follow!

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST

    And Nuke the fridge.

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    Nowhere near the worst thing about Crystal Skull. LeBeueueuefie. Trying to make him an actionstar is just silly. What could the reason be? Hmm...

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 10:47 p.m. CST

    When Will They Announce TINTIN Is Cancelled, Too ?

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Hopefully soon. Unless everyone already forgot about it in what I call the Fog of Meh.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 10:56 p.m. CST

    We ALL Know Where This is Headed

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Martin Lawrence. Do I need to say anything more? Fuck Hollywood.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Harvey's my favorite James Stewart flick...

    by Unknown Canadian

    ...and it doesn't need to be re-made at all! If it must, I agree with Ed Norton as Elwood.

  • Dec. 4, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST

    How about Tommy gun Cruise?

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 12:45 a.m. CST

    There's too many negative people on this website

    by CronenbergResearcher

    Signing off forever. Love you, Harry. Give my best to the family and friends and contributers. Too bad you will never respond, because I am a lowly cunt. Suicide is the only option.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Doesn't Spielberg have his own studio?

    by SithMenace

    And he still can't get movies greenlit?

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 3:10 a.m. CST

    RE: Yackbacker...

    by dailysportspages

    Yes, i would never twiddle with the lights while a scene is in progress :) <br><br> BTW... if not Ed Norton and they want to skew a little younger yet still retain some of that introspective touch thats lacking in most younger actors... how bout Joseph Gordon Levitt? <br> bah, people are starting to imagine him playing all sorts of roles now, he's "hot"... so nevermind. Thats no fun. <br><br> Then again they could go up in age and make the "problem" be drinking + dementia due to age... and cast Sir Ian McKellen. <br><br> but again, its probably going to go to an A-Lister like a Cruise or a Clooney. <br><br> As a low budget movie though, this is the type of stuff that a guy like Greg Kinnear or William H Macy could do really well with.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 3:41 a.m. CST

    The nuke the fridge moaners

    by kwisatzhaderach

    probably complained about Indy coming out of a plane on a lifeboat in Temple of Doom, or flying off the railtracks in the minecart. <p> Not only are they utter morons they've also completely missed the point of what the Indiana Jones films are about.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 3:47 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    has an excellent track record this decade. A.I., Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, War of the Worlds, Munich and Skull all look like masterpieces compared to the other summer shit we get shovelled.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Hey, tits on a nun are useful...

    by NixEclips

    ... Just watch School Of The Holy Beast. *ahem* Did I just say that?

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 4:18 a.m. CST

    CHOCKY please Mr S

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    Set in England possibly in the original period too. Thanks.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Spielberg has definitely not lost his mojo

    by The_Crimson_King

    Indy 4 is nowhere near as bad as people make it out to be (anyone who thinks the infamous "nuke the fridge" scene "went too far" needs to get a life) and even the semi-flawed War Of The Worlds blows away anything by Michael Bay, of course that said I wasn't interested in either Old Boy or Harvey, I'd much rather see him do something new instead of hop on the remake bandwagon, especially if the aforementioned films were already perfect to begin with

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 4:44 a.m. CST

    and on the subject of the fridge that was nuked

    by The_Crimson_King

    did anyone ever stop to think that the nuke the fridge scene was SUPPOSED to be absolutely ridiculous? do you really think Spielberg or Lucas are dumb enough to think something like that could happen in real life or even that audiences were dumb enough to think that? no, Indiana Jones is supposed to be a homage to old Saturday morning serials where the heroes were always getting out of impossible situations in improbable ways and the previous movies were filled with moments like that, anyone who knocks the scene for being "too unrealistic" is missing the point of Indiana Jones entirely, personally I thought the scene was great and I laughed, but I guarantee you I was laughing WITH Lucas and Spielberg

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 4:55 a.m. CST

    not a big fan of Hanks but fair fucks to the fella for

    by FamousEccles

    for not wanting to take part in shit like this!!!

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 5:01 a.m. CST

    to all those trying to explain "nuking the fridge" to the cretin

    by FamousEccles

    complaining about it - forget it, lads. they'll never get it. if they think that was "unrealistic" for an Indiana Jones movie, then clearly they don't understand Indiana Jones at all and never will because they lack the wit and imagination.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 5:03 a.m. CST

    I meant "cretins" of course

    by FamousEccles

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 5:47 a.m. CST

    re: Nuke the Fridge --.> molehill

    by Wookie_Weed

    Or rather, don't make a mountain out of a prairie-dog hill. ;-)

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 5:58 a.m. CST

    remakes are so pointless

    by HarryLove

    they are like prequels; we know how they end, what is the frukin poinT?!

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 6:24 a.m. CST

    I think Martin Scorsese's remake was the best

    by tangcameo

    Crap! I can't find the SCTV sketch on YouTube. Oh well.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Do nuns feel guilty when they menstruate?

    by Chakraborty

    I'd say they probably do. They probably believe it's five days of punishment for their sins. And after menopause they probably believe God have forgiven them for their sinful thoughts. I imagine they must have very hairy, bristly pussies, too.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 7 a.m. CST

    I don't complain about remakes

    by AsimovLives

    I complain about USELESS remakes. and Harvey is a useless remake, and a waste of both Spielberg's and our motherfucking time. spielberg has two projects which had his name writen all over it, Lincoln and Interstellar. so what's taking him so long? Why is he hesitating? He's suffering from a bad case of middle/old age crisis and got insecure in his later years? Somebody shape him up, please! I guess his close contact with Michael Bay because of the Transformers movies has turned Spieberg's brain to jello.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 7 a.m. CST

    Glad to hear that Tom Hanks....

    by Cervantes

    ....didn't want to touch this property! Not that he wouldn't have been good in it, but why be part foisting yet another unneccessary remake on the world that no one wants.<P>This isn't the kind of stuff I want from a master visualist like Spielberg. I know Indy 4 was a crapshoot, but I still have faith that Spielberg has some granduer left in him....

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 7:05 a.m. CST

    For someone like Spielberg

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    simply being a bit better than Michael Bay is not acceptable. If people are hard on him it's because we expect the best, and we know what he's capable of at his best. I hold Spielberg to a higher standard than the hacks, and Indy 4 was simply a waste of everybody's time - his and ours.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 7:21 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    You said it, brother.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST

    May I Suggest Uwe Boll For Director...

    by PoppaRotzi

    ...and starring Steven Segal?

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST

    I think Spielberg should create an original character with

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Peter Jackson! How awesome would that be? An Indy-type adventure series, but with a new lead and concept. Perhaps a time-traveling character? Hopefully that could make up for this Tintin crap that they're doing...

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST

    The problem with "nuke the fridge" is not the blast...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... as someone pointed out earlier people have survived at closer ranges and with less protection. The problem with the sequence is THE LANDING. There'd be a fedorda perched atop a pile of bloody boney flesh in that refrigerator when the door swings open at the end of the scene.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 12:05 p.m. CST

    *klunk* [talk backer faints dead away]...

    by Skyway Moaters

    Lockes actually post something that makes sense! Yeah! What about the mine-cart jump you fuckers?!

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST

    New Catch-phrase?

    by Skyway Moaters

    "Boy the really 'jumped the track gap' with that one!"

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Thank the maker!

    by codymr

    IMO... Spielberg is in his early 60s right? So he probably has about 10 films left in him - at best maybe 15? I don't want to see him waist that on retreads of old films. It didn't work out that great when he did Always anyway. <P> I want to see more striking and challenging original work from the beard... Close Encounters... Raiders... Saving Private Ryan... Schindler's List... Minority Report... stuff like that! <P> Harvey is a masterpiece already, there is no need to reinvent the wheel, even if Uncle Steve did something great with it.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    how about pulling out a mans beating heart...

    by vin_diggler

    and he lives to see it. That dosen't bother anyone? Some people just bitch for the sake of bitching.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    I wish that Spielberg would remember that

    by AsimovLives

    he isn't Michael Bay, and that he isn't Peter Jackson either. He is Spielberg. I wish Spielberg would remember who he is.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST

    My dislike for Crystal Skull Fuck has nuthin to do with the frid

    by conspiracy

    It has to do with a lack of fucking soul, and for pure simply lazy/take the shortest path to a finished product film making. The script is just poor; with needless characters, hammy/silly/childish attempts at comedy (the fucking monkey scene/snake scene), and the feeling it was just pasted together out of the gathered wetdreams of fanboys.</p><p>Of course Indy gets into impossible situations...or course there is always the "fantastic"; but in past movies it just seemed to be taken so much more seriously; not played to garner laughs out of retards and 10yr olds. Snakes as a rope people? Shia swinging with attack monkeys? liked that?!</p><p>And where were the beautiful shots these guys have always been known for? Where was Indy atop a dig site against a setting sun, where was the scenery of the jungle, the pervasive dankness and dark foreboding of the cave, the big outdoor shots that gave Indy a sense of reality. Missing. No real locations, no real months long set builds, no grand on location shots. Instead, endless bad CGI...and a California sound stage standing in for location shots as the Billionaires sought to cut corners and save some travel time away from their hermit like existence.</p><p>Crystal Skull was a movie made out of convenience, not for the sake of art, or craft, or to tell a story dying to be told, nor for the love of the character they was made because a payday and some ego stroking could be had for a minimum amount of work and zero sweat. I pray this talk of Indy 5 is a lie...Just let it go.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 2:38 p.m. CST

    making an Indiana Jones film better than or equal too

    by vin_diggler

    Raiders is a pipe dream. If you constantly compare the sequals to the original then you will always be dissapointed. If you didn't like Crystal Skull than don't watch again. Just pull out your Raiders DVD and be happy. For the rest of us, we enjoy new Indy stories and hope they make part 5, 6 and 7. No matter how unrealastic and silly they may be.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    How can people not like Indy 4, but like Iron Giant?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Don't get it.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 3:46 p.m. CST

    AVATAR stuff on Ultimate Fighter finals on Spike.

    by snakecharmer

    9pm or something like that.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST

    speilberg idolised john...

    by emeraldboy

    ford. ford made over 100 movies. Spielberg should look at clint eastwood.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Yeah how can people bring up the fridge

    by SithMenace

    when the movie featured monkey swinging Shia, Alzheimers Marion holding a steering wheel and aliens that weren't even from space? There are some good things in the movie (The college chase, dominatrix Cate Blanchett) but the bad definitely outweighs the good.<p>Not to mention the most halfhearted attempt by John Williams that I can ever remember. Although he is like 137.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST


    by SithMenace

    Bravo. Well said.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Indy IV was almost a good movie

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I enjoyed most of it, but unless Indy gets a fucking jumpstart in the next one, I think this franchise is dead. Spielberg is still using his foggy haze in every movie, and his weird lighting effects.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 6:29 p.m. CST

    13 days until Avatar opens

    by Chakraborty

    Can you believe it? The day is almost here. All of you will be overjoyed; both the lovers and haters. The lovers will be happy to visually feast on the film, and the haters will rejoice in the possibility of being able to say "I told you so". Everyone will get what they want without entirely realizing it.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Re: Spielberg

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Now, now, I'm sure HARVEY would have turned out great for Spielberg, just like the last time he remade an old Fifties' black and white classic ... A GUY NAMED JOE?</p><p> Seriously, I think some Hebrew coalition went to Spielberg shortly after E.T. made its bank and guilted him out of having fun anymore, because that's right around the last time his movies stopped being instant classics. He kind of came back to the fold with JURASSIC PARK, and SCHINDLER'S LIST, despite being so heavy-handed it might as well have been titled "LEAD GLOVE", was a decent attempt at being a great "serious" director, but the rest are forgettable. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN would have been the best WWII movie ever made, had he not insisted on the first and last schmaltziest five minutes ever caught on film, A.I. went on about fifteen minutes longer than it should have, MINORITY REPORT actually plays pretty weak compared to BLADE RUNNER or TOTAL RECALL and WAR OF THE WORLDS had some, um, neat visual effects? And I liked MUNICH and CATCH ME IF YOU CAN was almost fun, but his latter-day fare suffers from the sort of audience manipulation that worked for him so well with JAWS, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS and RAIDERS, but turns stuff like MUNICH into overbearing cheesefests. He's never trusted his audience enough to feel in their own. If he can't start doing so, he should at least go back to the sort of cinematic experience-making that made him an icon, and use his audience-manipulation tactics to reinvigorate the blockbuster mentality he helped to create.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 8:06 p.m. CST

    ThusSpake, Re: Tintin

    by untitleduser

    It's FINISHED SHOOTING. In post production. And will be out in 2011 with international markets--Who the film was made for and where the property is HUGE--getting it first as they should. The film was made for them. Not us.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Tintin will be interesting

    by RequisiteMonkey

    Fuck the haters, It'll be better than Harvey or whatever bullshit that remake was supposed to be

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 8:39 p.m. CST


    by RequisiteMonkey

    AVATAR will suck

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST

    I'm also high on it

    by untitleduser

    Sounds like fun, great cast.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 9:08 p.m. CST


    by untitleduser

    Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish worked on the script.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 10:13 p.m. CST

    The only problem with Tintin is that it's motion capture.

    by Toilet_Terror

    Otherwise I'd be doing backflips waiting for it to come out. Hopefully they're using the performance capture as a template for what to animate, not a Robert Zemekis style corpse-marionette show.

  • Dec. 5, 2009, 10:31 p.m. CST

    NUKE THE FRIDGE + BAD PLOT !!!!!!!!!

    by jerry91748

  • Dec. 6, 2009, 1:56 a.m. CST

    It opens up the dreamcast and rewrite

    by alpha

    Steven Seagal's Harvey, the story of an overweight martial artist, his imaginary rabbit freind and a bunch of people they kill together.

  • Dec. 6, 2009, 2:28 a.m. CST


    by Asunder

    He should go back to doing original stuff

  • Dec. 6, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    The way to do Harvey right

    by James_Camera_On

    is to give it to Cameron. Make Harvey a giant, 10ft tall, blue rabbit with bones made of a super secret metal that renders the creature invisible to everyone in the movie except the guy playing Dowd (not de Caprio -- he's too old but one of the Twilight/New Moon dudes) and the audience. In the new version, Dowd realizes more than anything he want to be just like Harvey. And guess what -- through the miracle of modern CGI technology, he does! We're talking box office gold, here, friends.

  • Dec. 6, 2009, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Newest of the New...

    by keylimepirate

    I like this technology, Harvey or no Harvey. Depends on the project.Something like "Long Island Goo Spew" which is a webisode feature on YouTube, doesn't need the slick. After all, it's a digital cave painting! For short webisodes, ultra low-tech is the way to go. Shoot and idea and post it.

  • Dec. 6, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Jim Carrey or Will Ferrell

    by Manatee

    You know it will be one of those guys playing the lead role.

  • Dec. 6, 2009, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Wake up Harry- New HP Trailer

    by Rubiks Doob

    What's up with this site- no news in days!

  • Dec. 6, 2009, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Another Harry Potter movie?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Shit. I can tell you what's in the trailer. Harry looking confused, old guys with beards, flying broomsticks. Some fake monster. The End. Coming in 2010.

  • Dec. 6, 2009, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Was Harry Potter really ever "cool"?

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    I mean, I know it's genre, but it's aimed at 8-year-olds! Never got the whole Harry Potter craze...but have to love that JK Rowling, though. Crazy Christian Kook: Dumbledore is an apostle of Satan and turns little children into witches!!! Rowling: Yes...and HE'S GAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dec. 6, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    New catch phrase

    by MacReady452

    "They really 'cast Shia' on that one!"

  • Dec. 6, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST

    No Harvey remake?!!!

    by Sicuv Uyall

    Spielberg's not doing a remake about an imaginary bunny??? What the fuck are we gonna do now??!!!! NOOOOOO!!

  • Dec. 6, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Too bad. This is one of the few projects that Speilberg probably

    by Citizen Sane

  • Dec. 6, 2009, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Already been remade... as Donnie Darko

    by pixelmagic

    Maybe time to reconsider the Sugarland Express remake. Hmm...who to cast in the Goldie Hawn role..hmm...

  • Dec. 6, 2009, 9:03 p.m. CST

    I'm stickin' by my mojo comment

    by Jaka

    Spielberg makes good films. War of the Worlds and Indy IV (I gather, haven't seen it) are good films. But they aren't knock you on your ass oh my god did you see that wow I haven't seen a movie that good since the last Spielberg movie kinda movies. I could take it back a little farther than that if I needed to. Regardless, I'm sticking with my statement. He's still making good films because he could shit good films without even thinking about it. But they aren't magical, or even that much better than the other guys good films. That's what I mean about losing a bit of his mojo. Hearing that he's tried to do two remakes and failed in both attempts leads me to believe that some other people feel the same way. And really, Tintin isn't something I'm holding my breath waiting for, counting the days until it's released. I will go see it, though. Which puts it one step ahead of Indy IV.

  • Dec. 7, 2009, 4:31 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Indy 4 is not bad because it doesn't compare to the best movies made by Spielberg. It's a bad movie because it's almost Transformers-level bad.

  • Dec. 7, 2009, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Im Glad


    Theres a better film left in Spielberg than this.

  • Dec. 7, 2009, 3:25 p.m. CST

    I wanna see Spielberg remake Duel!

    by Royston Lodge

    A balls-to-the-wall remake of Duel with Spielberg himself at the helm? That'd be awesome.

  • Dec. 7, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Spielberg can't ignore LINCOLN

    by crackinthepavement

    I still firmly believe- of all of the Spielberg projects being tossed around- LINCOLN is far and away the most promising and must be made by Spielberg. Neeson has been preparing for years. It must be made. Can't think of a single other film mentioned for him as director (or producer) that sounds worth a shit. I can seem Spielberg actually coming through with Lincoln, though.

  • Dec. 7, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST

    I wanna see Spielberg stop remaking movies

    by OnO

    Stop raping them!