DreamWorks and director Steven Spielberg are in negotiations with the John Steinbeck estate about recreating the novel adaptation “The Grapes of Wrath.”
The original 1940 film starred Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford. That year, Ford won an Oscar for Best Director and Jane Darwell won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
The brilliant Steinbeck novel is about the Joad family relocating from Oklahoma to Central California to escape poverty of the Great Depression. However, these Okies found more hopelessness with labor numbers, wages and lack of farm laborer rights.
It is not known if Spielberg plans to direct or just produce the project. Next year will be the 75th anniversary of Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
According to Deadline, Robert Redford with Sundance was also in talks to develop it as a miniseries at FX. And Twentieth Century Fox, which distributed the original movie, may try to obtain the option for the film again despite the domestic film rights reverted back to the Steinbeck estate. Fox still maintains the foreign rights to the film.
If you’ve caught the original film, then you definitely know it’s a classic. I’m a bit cautious of remaking great classics like this one. Then again, the entire idea of the remake is for the next generation of moviegoers possibly with more modern day politics and social unrest.