Spielberg Adds Another Film to the Queue

April 18, 2014


With Montezuma and Robopocalypse already on his plate, Steven Spielberg (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) has added another potential project to the list. It's The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, a project that Variety reports will re-team the director with Lincoln and Munich writer Tony Kushner. His script is based on David Kertzer's nonfiction book about a 19th century Italian Jew who was taken from his parents at 7 by authorities of the Papal States; it came out that he had been baptized when he was ill, and it was illegal for non-Catholics to raise a baptized child. The incident led to international controversy, as well as many hilarious Three Men and a Baby-style moments for pope Pius IX and the church-state wards.

Mortara apparently didn't hold it against the church, though. Instead of getting revenge or anything, the kid ended up eventually becoming an Augustinian priest himself.

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