Steven Spielberg has been tapped to direct the movie adaptation of THE KIDNAPPING OF EDGARDO MORTARA at Amblin Entertainment. The book, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Kertzer, will be adapted for the screen by Lincoln scribe Tony Kushner.
Set in 1858, the book follows a young Jewish boy in Bologna, Italy who was secretly baptized and taken from his family and raised as a Christian. The story will focus on his parents’ struggle to free their son which later becomes a political battle.
The Shindler’s List director is set to collaborate once again with Bridge of Spies Oscar winner Mark Rylance, who will play Pope Pius IX in the film. Spielberg will also produce alongside Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko. Filming is expected to begin in early 2017.
Spielberg’s next film is The BFG, also starring Rylance, with Rebecca Hall and Bill Hader. The Academy Award-winning director has numerous films in development including an upcoming adaptation of Ready Player One.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer