Steven Spielberg Set To Direct Movie Loosely Based On His Childhood, Michelle Williams In Talks To Star

Steven Spielberg has found his next directing job, and it looks like it’s going to be a personal one.

According to sources who talked to Deadline, the 74-year-old filmmaker is preparing to direct an untitled flick that is loosely based on his childhood growing up in Arizona.

The report also states that Michelle Williams is in talks to star in a leading role that is inspired by Spielberg’s mother.

And since this project is so personal for Spielberg, he’ll be co-writing the script with Tony Kushner, who he just worked with on West Side Story.

They are reportedly moving fast with this feature. It’ll start shooting this summer and then will be released in 2022. No word on if they’re going for an awards run with this, or if it’s a more lighthearted project.

Throughout the years, Spielberg has talked about how growing up in Arizona was an inspiration for so many of his films from story themes to actual characters. The 2017 HBO documentary came the closest to diving into his past but this film will be the first time Spielberg is truly able to give perspective on the early years of one cinemas greatest story tellers.

Sounds like it has great potential! We’ll keep you posted.

Michelle Williams Signs On To Play Peggy Lee In Upcoming Biopic

Back in 2011, Michelle Williams played Marilyn Monroe in the film My Week with Marilyn. She won a Golden Globe award for her performance in the film.

And now, 10 years later, she’s ready to take on another entertainment icon.

It was just announced that Williams will play Peggy Lee in the upcoming biopic ‘Fever‘ from director Todd Haynes. MGM is in talks to back the film, with Marc Platt and Reese Witherspoon producing. Doug Wright is writing the screenplay.

And get this, Billie Eilish, is also trying to get on board as an executive producer. Eilish has cited Lee as an inspiration and admired her for her perfect songwriting structure. 

Born Norma Deloris Egstrom in 1920, Peggy Lee is today likely best known for her sultry version of the song ‘Fever,’ which became a sensation after she recorded it in 1958. She began singing professionally at 16, and recorded her first number one hit, ‘Somebody Else Is Taking My Place,’ at 22. 

Her career — including an Oscar-nominated performance in 1955’s ‘Pete Kelly’s Blues’ and several roles in the 1955 Disney animated feature ‘Lady and the Tramp’ — spanned into the 1990s. She died in 2002.

Haynes has tried to get this project made before. He was set to direct it back in 2014, and Witherspoon was attached to star, which probably explains why she’s a producer on this current project.

No word on when filming is expected to begin, but we’ll keep you posted.