How busy is Steven Spielberg? He has two movies coming out in the next four weeks — “The Adventures Of Tintin” and “War Horse” — and we’re already talking about his next movie, his long developing “Lincoln.” After years of being geared up as a starring vehicle for Liam Neeson, the actor eventually became too old for the part, leaving Daniel Day-Lewis to take over. And with Spielberg assembling a helluva cast — Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Joseph Cross, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, Lee Pace, Jackie Earle Haley, David Oyelowo and Jared Harris — to tell the tale of the most famous President in American history, it’s easily a frontrunner for the 2012 Oscar race. However, as previously reported, the film will be coming after the presidential election in November, and it’s a caculated to move at avoid being used as political fodder by either party.
“It has a lot of revelance to our time, especially with our divided House. It is about a divided House in 1865. But I’m not willing to allow the film to be part of the gristmill of the 2012 election cycle,” he explained to EW in the latest issue. “So I’m going to make the movie, which of course would be ready for release before the election, but it won’t come out until December of ’12.”
And while he doesn’t point any specifics, he does say that both the Republicans and Democrats could put their teeth in the movie, and he’s not willing to have it chewed up by politicians. “I don’t mind starting a conversation, but a film like ‘Lincoln’ could be used by both sides, and the only casualty will be the film,” Spielberg said. His feelings are understandable, and speaking from a purely pragmatic view, not rushing to meet an earlier date will certainly give him more breathing room to finish the film which is already coming in on a sharp deadline.