Lincoln, which is coming out November 9, will follow the country’s beloved 16th president in the days leading up to his assassination. It’s adapted from Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book, Team of Rivals, which tells the story of how Lincoln stocked his cabinet with a bunch of guys who disagreed with him so he’d have a whole slew of perspectives on his presidential decisions. I know — this sounds like science fiction and not historical fact, but it totally happened. If all of that isn’t cool enough, the screenplay was written by Tony Kushner (Angels in America). So there is a very good chance that a historical movie about Abraham Lincoln that is written by Kushner, directed by Spielberg, and starring Day-Lewis will win some Oscars next year. In fact, maybe everyone else should just stay home.
I think I have seen more rumours and movie trailers for films I want to check out this year than in any year past. Bringing on someone like Kushner to adapt a book is a brilliant move on Spielberg’s part. I hope more Hollywood films tap into the world of playwrights since they know how to craft dialogue better than anyone – and it’s usually one of the big things that drags down a film. I think people can overlook a bad plot-line or effects if the dialogue and acting is better than average, but if the dialogue is poor, people tend to avoid going to that film.
Apart from the films that have already opened (Prometheus, Dark Knight, Savages, and Moonrise Kingdom), here are some of the others I’m looking forward to seeing (links go to the trailers):