Steven Spielberg on his reluctance to do more action films

News Simon Brew 24 Oct 2012 - 06:34
Steven Spielberg

The days of the Steven Spielberg-directed action movie may well be over...

We missed this a day or two back, so hope you'll forgive us for jumping back to cover it. We're talking about an interview that Steven Spielberg gave with 60 Minutes in the run up to the US release of his latest movie, Lincoln (which stars Daniel Day Lewis).

In the interview, Spielberg talked about the kind of films that he's now interested in making, and just as interestingly, the ones that he's not. Talking about the fact that Lincoln features no special effects and no action sequences, Spielberg said that "I knew I could do the action in my sleep at this point in my career".

He added that "in my life, the action doesn't hold any - it doesn't attract me anymore".

Given Spielberg's pedigree in action cinema - the Indiana Jones trilogy for a start (we obviously continue to renounce the existence of the fabled fourth movie) - it'd be something of a shame to think he's not got one or two more films in the genre yet to come. But then, his next project is the adaptation of Daniel H Wilson's Robopocalypse, and the book to that is hardly shy of action sequences. Maybe that'll be his last such film.

Spielberg's comments do seem to make another Indiana Jones film an even longer shot. When you consider that George Lucas has already all but backed out of making big films too, Indy's big screen adventures may have come to a close.

The 60 Minutes interview is here.

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