Steven Spielberg has signed on to produce and possibly direct the religious drama The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, a project which reunites him with his Lincoln and Munich screenwriter Tony Kushner. The project will be a co-production between DreamWorks and The Weinstein Company.
The story is adapted from the David Kertzer book that tells the true story of a seven year old Italian-Jewish boy, who, in 1858, was controversially removed from his parents by the authority of the Papal States, who raised him as a Catholic. He went on to become a priest in the Augustinian order.
Steven Spielberg has not directed a movie since 2012's Lincoln, and the filmmaker is reportedly anxious to get back behind the camera. However, Tony Kushner is currently in the early stages of writing the script for The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, which will definitely not be his next project.
He is currently deciding between Robopocalypse, which just received a new rewrite from Steven Zaillian, and the historical drama Montezuma, although that project likely isn't far enough along in development to be ready for production. Some sources claim that Steven Spielberg hasn't committed to either project, while some claim that Robopocalypse, which was indefinitely delayed back in January 2013, is the front-runner, with the budget close to being finalized.
Chris Hemsworth is still attached to star in Robopocalypse, and although he is currently shooting Avengers: Age of Ultron, sources claim the actor still wants to fit Robopocalypse into his schedule. Another reason Robopocalypse may come first is that the adaptation is a co-production between DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox, where current DreamWorks partner Stacey Snider is expected to land her next job after her contract expires in November.