Spielberg hops it from Harvey

Director exits remake of bunny flick


We're not sure whether to be pleased or sad about this one: Steven Spielberg has left the update of the 1950 giant rabbit movie Harvey after problems with the script and star.

It was always a difficult project, to be honest; James Stewart's mild-mannered Elwood P Dowd and his invisible bunny friend have gone down in cinema history. The film focuses on Dowd's family trying to convince him that his 6ft rabbit pal isn't real, while the gentle Dowd refuses to give up on his big-eared pal.

Spielberg, who'd been working on the new movie for six months, was already having problems filling the main role after usual go-to guy Tom Hanks refused to tread on Stewart's shoes and his next choice, Robert Downey Jr, also backed away (but not before offering advice on the script).

After lingering creative differences, Spielberg finally called it quits this week, no doubt rather ticking off 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks, who'd been hoping to start filming early next year.

It's too early to say what the director's next project will be - or, indeed, who'll take over Harvey. Could this be the end for the big bunny?

While we're not too thrilled about the classic flick being remade in the first place, we have to admit that if anybody was going to do it, Spielberg would have been a good choice - the story's gentle mix of comedy and heartfelt schmaltz being one of his fortes.

Now we're wondering who'll tackling the invisible furry Bugs next. Donnie Darko's Richard Kelly, perhaps?

What do you think? Hollywood untouchable or ripe for new rabbit action? Sound off below!


    • Motley

      Dec 4th 2009, 9:37

      Pleased. I adore the old film with James Stewart and vowed not to see the new one. But I guess will all remakes, it would take a beautifully strange story and take it to a new audience.

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    • Ali1748

      Dec 4th 2009, 21:14

      Mr Spielberg it's time you made Lincoln.

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    • annunziato

      Dec 7th 2009, 21:08

      i have plenty of old films which I love but to suggest that people did not want to play the james stewart role in case they were compared to him is laughable. The large percentage of the potential audience will never have seen the original or have the inclination to do so. It is a shame that Steven Spielberg has left the project as I'm sure he would have done a great job.

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    • Knightowl

      Dec 10th 2009, 0:10

      This MY favourite movie of ALL of my 50 years. It's underlying issue is what I adore. Harvey was Alice's whir rabbit for a growing sophistcated age. In many respects Darko's bunny was one and the same. Harvey if remade should be and there is only 1 person who should play Jimmy's part and that is Ricky Gervais. The movie should be made in such a way thats in my mind's eye that uses the original in Flashbacks..........and in that .............spoils the magic if I tell!

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