Legendary director Steven Spielberg is reportedly working on adapting John Steinbeck’s American classic “The Grapes of Wrath” for the big screen.
“Entertainment Weekly” reports that Spielberg is not planning on directing the film himself, instead serving as a producer on the prospective film.
Spielberg most recently helmed the Abraham Lincoln biopic “Lincoln,” which garnered 12 Oscar nominations, with Daniel Day-Lewis taking home the “Best Actor” prize for his work in the starring role.
According to EW, Spielberg’s representation stated that he was in fact in early talks for the rights to the book, yet they were “nothing more than discussions at this point.”
Steinbeck’s 1939 novel “The Grapes of Wrath” tells the story of the Joad family, who attempt to leave their lives in Oklahoma for California in the hopes of finding a better life during the Great Depression. The book has made the jump to the silver screen before, most notably the 1940 version starring Henry Fonda.
The new film would be the latest in a recent string of film adaptations of bestselling books, including the upcoming installment of “The Hunger Games” series, the Lily Collins-starring “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” and Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby.”
Despite somewhat mixed reviews, the Leonardo DiCaprio-starring “Gatsby” made a killing at the box office this summer, earning more than $320 million dollars worldwide to date, according to Box Office Mojo. With a little less glitz and glamour than “The Great Gatsby,” Spielberg could have another hit on his hands.
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