Spielberg drops 'Harvey' remake
Oscar-winning US director Steven Spielberg has dropped plans to
remake the Hollywood classic 'Harvey' after failing to find the right
star to take on the lead role made famous by James Stewart.
Initially, Spielberg had wanted Tom Hanks to take on the role of the
gentle, mild-mannered Elwood P. Dowd, who just happens to say his best
friend is an invisible giant rabbit but Hanks was not that enthusiastic
about the prospect of stepping into the legendary Stewart's footsteps.
Spielberg then sought to persuade Robert Downey Jr to take the role,
and during months of negotiations the actor demanded that the script
should be modified. In the end, though, the two men were out of
One of the most powerful directors in Hollywood, Spielberg, 62, is in
post-production for his adaptation of 'The Adventures of Tintin: Secret
of the Unicorn' due to hit the screens in late 2011.