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Will Spielberg’s Lincoln Movie Be 4 Score and 7 Hours Long?



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    HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 12: Director Steven Spielberg in the audience during the 36th AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Warren Beatty held at the Kodak Theatre on June 12, 2008 in Hollywood, California. The show will air on USA Network at 9PM PST on June 25, 2008. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)


    According to Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeffrey Wells, who got a tip from a reader in attendance at an Abraham Lincoln–themed panel discussion yesterday, Steven Spielberg's long-gestating biopic on our most bearded president could be in theaters by December. Playwright Tony Kushner, who's writing the script, told a Harvard audience last night that "the decision will be made... next week," and, if green-lit, the movie will be "out by Christmas," just in time for Oscar consideration.

    Kushner says the film will focus on a two-month time period, but will still include many of Lincoln's greatest hits (the abolition of slavery "is a big thing in the movie," he says). Chillingly, however: "The first draft covered four months and [was] 500 pages."

    Using the old minute-per-page rule, even a screenplay half that length would still yield a four-hour running time. And everyone knows how much incontinent Academy members love four-hour movies about assassinated politicians.

    Spielberg's Lincoln in December? [Hollywood Elsewhere]

    Previously on NYmag.com's Vulture...