Steven Spielberg Wants Those 'Grapes of Wrath' Rights

July 3, 2013


Having failed to get his adaptation of Robopocalypse going, Steven Spielberg is moving on to another bit of equally-classic American literature with The Grapes of Wrath. Deadline reports Spielberg and DreamWorks are negotiating for the rights to the John Steinbeck novel after it "suddenly became a hot movie property" with the trending of #DepressionEraFarmerMigration tweets. There's still mixed word on whether Spielberg would direct: Deadline has heard he's "eyeing it," but DreamWorks claims he's "definitively" only producing the film.

The tale was previously adapted into a 1940 John Ford classic that starred Henry Fonda in the lead as Tom Joad, an Oklahoma farmer moving his family to California in search of opportunity and unclaimed film rights. If you've never seen it, you should really check that out before this new take hits theaters. But obviously only after first watching the original, Grapes of Clash.

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