Steven Spielberg has two projects on the horizon that couldn’t possibly be more different. The first, Lincoln, tells the story of our 16th president and has lined up a brilliant ensemble cast that includes Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, James Spader, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace, Tim Blake Nelson, John Hawkes, Walton Goggins, David Strathairn and about a thousand other big names. Robopocalypse, on the other hand, is an adaptation of the novel by Daniel H. Wilson that explores a future in which the world has experienced a robot uprising. The movie have only two things in common: they’re both directed by Steven Spielberg, and the filmmaker recently spoke about both of them recently with Empire.
Beginning with Lincoln, the great director explained that the movie will only cover the last few months of Honest Abe’s life, but will include some of the most important events from his presidency. “I was interested in how he ended the war through all the efforts of his generals…but more importantly how he passed the 13th Amendment into constitutional law,” Spielberg said. “The Emancipation Proclamation was a war powers act and could have been struck down by any court after the war ended…But what permanently ended slavery was the very close vote in the House of Representatives over the 13th Amendment – that story I’m excited to tell.”
Asked if the project could be compared to Amistad, the film about the slave ship that he directed in 1997, Spielberg said that the presidential biopic will be less “visual” and more “procedural.” Said the director, “It shows Lincoln at work, not just Lincoln standing around posing for the history books…arguably the greatest working President in American history doing some of the greatest work for the world.”