Untitled Steven Spielberg project: According to Variety, Steven Spielberg, who just finished tinkering with The Terminal, is revving the engines of his next project, the as-yet-untitled DreamWorks and Universal co-production about the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Eric Bana has come onboard to star in the pic. Bana, who just played Hector in Troy, is the first cast member to join the project, which will begin shooting in European locations beginning in the next six weeks.
Ben Kingsley, who starred for Spielberg in "Schindler's List," had agreed to play one of the lead roles. His participation appears unlikely now because Spielberg was forced to push back the start of the film for five weeks while he locked the score and attached a new ending to "Terminal," which opens June 18.
Spielberg, who's producing the Olympics pic with Kathleen Kennedy and Barry Mendel, will now begin casting the project in earnest, even though actors are rumored to be committing without getting to read the Eric Roth script.
Spielberg's intends to follow his summer project with a winter start on "The Rivals," the Robin Swicord-scripted DreamWorks drama about catfighting 19th Century stage divas. Spielberg then hopes to direct Tom Cruise in a Paramount/DreamWorks adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel "The War of the Worlds," which is being scripted by David Koepp.