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Jul 4, 2013

THE GRAPES OF WRATH: Steven Spielberg Producing Remake for Dreamworks

Henry Fonda Grapes of Wrath

Steve Spielberg producing The Grapes of Wrath Remake. The new The Grapes of Wrath remake movie will be produced by Steve Spielberg and Dreamworks but Spielberg is only set to produce the film. He will not be directing the newest book to film adaptation of John Steinbeck‘s classic novel. With the 75th anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath novel, capping it with a new film adaptation would generate cross-promotional advertising, a fact that Dreamworks and the Steinbeck estate are well aware of.

 On the history behind Dreamworks newest acquisition and its complications:

Among those chasing the book were Robert Redford, whose Sundance label was looking to partner with Dark Shadows producer David Kennedy to turn The Grapes Of Wrath into a miniseries at FX. That was until Spielberg came in with the feature and convinced the Steinbeck estate this was the way to go. The rights to the classic novel come with complications, however. Fox made the original film and even though the domestic rights reverted back to the Steinbeck estate, the foreign rights to the film are controlled by that studio. Presumably, Fox will have the option to be involved in this feature, whatever form it takes.

The Grapes of Wrath novel description:

A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma family, the Joads, who are driven off their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity.

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Source: Collider, Deadline