Some of you may be too young to remember the great James Stewart Harvey adaptation from 1950.  If you haven’t seen it, don’t rush to put it on your Netflix list just yet, as Steven Spielberg has announced his next project will be a new take on the classic play by Mary Chase.

Who will play Elwood P. Dowd?  Some are thinking Tom Hanks would be perfect for the part, although Jim Carey might make a better man on the verge who sees invisible six-foot rabbits.  While big name stars will all probably jump at the chance to play the lead character, it might be better to go with an unknown.

The film goes into pre-production now, with no release date announced.

via THR

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  1. Sam Dunham
    August 3, 2009 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    Nope. I’m sorry, the original can’t be beat. The Jimmy Stewert version has great humor and a ton of heart. A remake would probably try to update it to modern times, and add a bunch of big-budget special effects. It will lose also the feeling behind the film, becoming an empty husk trying to play off the name of the original (see The Day The Earth Stood Still). I don’t get this way about most remakes, but… no. No way.

  2. August 3, 2009 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    Yeah, I smell Tom Hanks all over this.

  3. matt_cable
    August 3, 2009 at 4:14 pm — Reply

    No. Please no. Not this one, Spielberg. Go remake Gone With The Wind or something. Please not Harvey.

  4. Crash
    August 3, 2009 at 6:49 pm — Reply

    I think Tom Hanks is probably the best bet. If they do put Jim Carry or some other idiot in it then I’ll be very upset. Zeus help us if he puts Dane Cook in it I will hunt him down and sick my own giant animal on him (it’s a wild bear btw).

  5. Cameron
    August 4, 2009 at 8:04 am — Reply

    Nicholas Cage has that understated, Stewart-like delivery… Could be fun to see how he fares actually taking up Jimmy Stewarts mantle.

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