As per NME, Steven Spielberg is in serious talks of directing a film about his own life and his early years growing up in Arizona.
According to Deadline, the film is at this stage, an untitled project, while it has also been confirmed that it is set to be “loosely based on his childhood”.
Further reported by Deadline, touching on the 2017 HBO documentary, Spielberg, he has often spoken of his childhood and in particular, how growing up in Arizona served as inspiration of a lot of his work, including themes and characters.
The documentary provided an in-depth look at his filmography and how his experiences formed and shaped his work throughout his life. But as per Deadline, the upcoming film will play a seminal role in giving the world insight into the filmmakers coming of age.
Not only will he direct, Spielberg is also reportedly coming on to contribute to screenwriting duties, co-writing the film’s script with Tony Kushner. The story couldn’t be of a more personal nature to Spielberg, so it only makes sense for the director to take on that duty.
Roles for the film at this point remain yet to be casted, including parts for children at different ages, one including the part of a character “inspired by a young Spielberg”. According to Deadline, actress Michelle Williams is currently in the process of negotiating a major role in the film, for a part inspired by Spielberg’s mum.
The film’s production is reportedly looking to kick off in the next few months, and is due to be released at an unconfirmed date in 2022. Right now, Spielberg is gearing up to release his interpretation of West Side Story.
Having reportedly wrapped up the project last year, however the film’s release was naturally delayed due to the pandemic.