Steven Spielberg will focus on the aftermath of the 1972 Munich Olympics for a feature that has come together as a co-production between DreamWorks and Universal.
Helmer will shoot a script by Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump,” “The Insider”), and he has begun casting, setting his “Schindler’s List” star Ben Kingsley for a role.
He will produce with Kathy Kennedy and Barry Mendel, and though the studios are finalizing the terms of their partnership, sources said it’s likely that DreamWorks will control foreign territories while Universal distributes domestically.
The film doesn’t have a title, and remains shrouded in secrecy even as Spielberg and his production crew lock down European locations for a June start date.
Spielberg declined to comment on the project. The 1972 Munich Olympics is most vividly remembered for the murder of Israeli athletes by a band of Palestinian extremists.
For Spielberg, the new film will be his first European shoot since “Saving Private Ryan.” Spielberg has contemplated the project for some time, but it only became a reality over the past week.
This commitment sets his dance card for 2004-2005. Spielberg, whose Tom Hanks starrer “Terminal” opens in June, will follow the untitled project by directing the Robin Swicord-scripted DreamWorks drama “The Rivals” and then will reunite with his “Minority Report” star Tom Cruise in a Paramount/DreamWorks adaptation of the H.G. Wells alien invasion tale “The War of the Worlds.” David Koepp is currently writing that script.