Hollywood has become so dependent on adaptations, even Steven Spielberg couldn't help but get behind the camera for one. The director has committed to direct Harvey, the adaptation of the Mary Chase Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a man -- played by Jimmy Stewart in the 1950 film version -- who befriends a 6½-foot-tall invisible rabbit. So this is really a remake and an adaptation.
Steven Spielberg to Direct Harvey
20th Century Fox and DreamWorks has agreed to share the responsibilities of producing the film, with DreamWorks financing 50% of the production through its new funding relationship with Reliance and distributing either domestic or international through its arrangement with Disney.
Spielberg is hoping to begin production on Harvey early next year, and it's already assumed that we'll hear casting of big names to the likes of Tom Hanks and Will Smith shortly.
More importantly, Harvey serves as the first real test for Spielberg since having DreamWorks get into bed with Disney and Reliance. While Fox's involvement could have complicated things, Fox chairman Tom Rothman was game to share the production after introducing Spielberg to the script.