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Spielberg Readies More Sci-Fi in CHOCKY?

But who's distributing it?

By Jarrod Sarafin     September 25, 2008
Source: Hollywood Reporter


Director Steven Spielberg and Henry Thomas on the set of E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL
© 2002 Universal
Despite the fact that Hollywood veteran Steven Spielberg has some uncertain financial details to work out before splitting away from Paramount Pictures, it seems it's never the man is never without a prospective new project to look forward to. Variety reports Spielberg may be jumping back into the sci-fi arena by acquiring the rights to the science fiction novel Chocky from Pollinger Ltd., the U.K. agency that handles the literary estate of the late author John Wyndham.

Plot Concept: "Chocky" tells the story of a boy who has a mysterious imaginary friend with whom he frequently argues. As the boy's father gets increasingly suspicious, it becomes clear that an alien entity has taken up residence in the boy's consciousness.

There is some question as to who is handling production and distribution for this project if it ever sees the light of Spielberg's day. His Tintin trilogy hit a snag with Universal pulled out of ponying up half the $130 million pricetag and with Spielberg's DreamWorks splitting off from Paramount within the next two weeks, a lot of his projects are up in the air as to whether some other studio will grab them or they stay under the property of current partner Paramount. That, or a financial agreement for these projects is met with Spielberg carrying the properties to where ever he choose to move to--rumored to be Universal Pictures, where his offices have been at for sometime.

In addition to Chocky, other projects include The Trial of the Chicago 7, which Spielberg was once planning to direct; an Abraham Lincoln/Civil War epic scripted by Tony Kushner; Cowboys and Aliens, a comic book adaptation that has Robert Downey Jr. attached; and The 39 Clues, a series of books that Spielberg has shown an interest in directing and which Jeff Nathanson is adapting.

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Miner49er 9/25/2008 2:13:25 AM
C'mon Spielberg, just give us an Indy 5 before Harrison's in the retirement home.
Deadfox 9/25/2008 3:02:34 AM
There was a Chocky TV series in the mid 80s. As a kid it was a pretty intriguing show. More of John Wyndham's novels need to get adapted. Day of the Triffids would be a really interesting film.
Glenderry 9/25/2008 3:30:30 AM
No MORE Indy films.........They had 19 years and 185 million dollar budget to get it right......and guess what? They didn't.
TheSleeper 9/25/2008 6:47:48 AM
I remember a time when I was hardpressed to figure out who I worshipped more -- Spielberg or Lucas. Now, there's no contest, of course. Spielberg still is doing a fantastic job with movies. I think he tends to show a bit more passion for his serious films, but Minority Report was an excellent movie IMO. Indy 5 wasn't quite up to the original trilogy (except maybe Temple) but I enjoyed watching it, and I suspect Lucas was responsible for the aspects that didn't quite measure up. I know Spielberg and Harrison would have gone a different route with the movie had they had their way. As for CHOCKY, that sounds interesting-right up Spielberg's alley.
hanso 9/25/2008 7:01:50 AM
Enough with the projects, just get one of the made already!! I didn't even know he was planning on directing the Downey movie.<BR itxtvisited="1" />I'd take the Lincoln movie over any of the other ones he has planned. What happend to Interstellar? I thought he was up for that. <BR itxtvisited="1" /><BR itxtvisited="1" />Yesterday I read Simon Pegg being interested in Tintin.
Wiseguy 9/25/2008 8:42:49 AM
They already gonna remake Child's Play we don't need another Chocky<BR itxtvisited="1" /><BR itxtvisited="1" />He can skip most of this crap as far as I'm concerned, just make Cowboys and Aliens. I'll wait for the rest.
Glenderry 9/25/2008 9:27:13 AM
Indy 4 started out with great promise. It was classic Speilberg( and Lucas) but the second half? Dwindled down to over the top, vaudvilian action with a CGI overload.And poor Karen Allen. Pulled out of retirment for what? To stand around and react with that cheesy,blank Alfred.E. Newman grin. Why didn't they bring Lawerence Kasdan back into spruce things up and keep it level headed? He had as much input into those characters as anyone on the first film so it would have been nice to see his writing of the characters come full circle on the 4th Indy. Pity.
fft5305 9/25/2008 7:35:06 PM
This is getting ridiculous. This is almost as bad as Bryan Singer and Sam Raimi. Announce a ton of projects, talk about them all, but have no movement on any of them.
KingOfMelnibone 9/26/2008 9:09:17 AM
The only thing I liked about Indy 4 was the car chase when he first encounters Shia. The rest of it made me feel like I was watching Minority Report or War of the Worlds (never saw A.I. because I hate that kid)with the sense of direction and how CGI heavy he was throughout the rest of the film. SCI-FI was not what I was looking for going into one of the best adventure film/series ever. But with that said. I enjoy his style when it has something to do with the science-fiction genre but unless he goes with his Munich/Saving Private Ryan style or similar, I do not look forward to his Lincoln project and would probably prefer someone like Ron Howard to take the director's seat. I don't know anything about Tin-Tin but Cowboys and Aliens would be enticing.
rasgonzo 9/26/2008 1:31:26 PM
Speilburg, while I love (most of) his films... NO MORE KIDS DAMMIT! War of the Worlds - runied because of the kids (especially the Hollywood ending). Indy IV - runined because of "the kid" Minority Report - GREAT movie - NO KIDS I liked A.I. , a modern day fairy tale (still would have loved to see what Kubrick would have done with it) Saving Private Ryan - His best flick - NO KIDS Hook - Sigh... (E.T. it aint) Jurassic Park - would have been SO much better w/o the Kids. Temple of Doom - the Kid and the screaming female dog runined it. Raiders - No kids.. almost perfect flick.
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