Steven Spielberg developing Jewish priest movie

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Although his next directing gig isn’t set in stone, Steven Spielberg has added a new project to his development list. According to Variety, the Oscar-winning director and producer is in talks to produce and direct a film adaptation of David Kertzer’s 1997 nonfiction book, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.

The film will revolve around the true story of a 19th-century Italian Jew who was taken from his parents at the age of 7 by papal authorities and raised a Catholic. He eventually became a priest in the Augustinian order.


Tony Kushner is set to write the script. Spielberg and Kushner’s last two collaborative historical dramas, Munich and Lincoln, both scored best picture nominations. Spielberg hasn’t directed a movie since the latter, which garnered Daniel Day-Lewis an Oscar for his portrayal of the 16th president.

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