Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television is developing a series on the women's suffrage movement in the United States with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton attached as an executive producer, Variety has confirmed.The Amblin has optioned the rights to the Elaine Weiss book "The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote." The book follows the activists who led the decades-long fight to grant women the right to vote and sheds light on how close the battle to ratify the 19th Amendment really was. The...
The two-time Oscar best director winner (for “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan”) has been one of the towering figures in Hollywood for decades now — and one of the most influential. A prolific producer and screenwriter, who also co-founded DreamWorks Studios, he ushered in the modern age of the blockbuster with such box office record breakers as 1975’s “Jaws,” 1982’s “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and 1993’s “Jurassic Park,” and to date his films have grossed well over $9 billion worldwide, making him the most commercially successful director in history.
Famously turned down by USC film school, he started off in TV, directing Joan Crawford in his first job (as a 21-year-old), and then got his big break when Richard Zanuck and David Brown hired him to direct “Jaws.” While his earlier films and franchises, such as “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Jurassic Park” highlighted his longtime love of sci-fi themes and escapist adventure fare, Spielberg gradually took on weightier, more complex issues and themes, including slavery, civil rights, war, terrorism and the Holocaust, in films including “The Color Purple,” “Amistad,” “Munich,” “War Horse,” “Lincoln” and “Bridge of Spies.”
His recent “The BFG” was a commercial disappointment, but ever-restless he next explores virtual reality in “Ready Player One” — and “Indiana Jones 5” is on the way.