You know, I'd guess it's only a matter of time before Hollywood create a public holiday in honour of Spielberg.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. were so keen to get into business with Hall, they gave him a blind script deal. This means that they payed him to write a screenplay of his choice without even knowing what he was going to write about.
But now we all know, and it seems he's working up something about Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin. He was the Russian mystic who became an advisor to the Romanovs, the last Imperial family to rule before the revolution.
The film is being developed as a vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio. The project might face slightly tougher odds than normal, seeing as Warner Bros. bought this script blind and don't necessarily want, or understand how to, make and market a Rasputin movie , but Hall is on a roll, and if DiCaprio commits, I can see this coming together. Just about.
Does DiCaprio look like Rasputin, though? No. Not that it matters.
The story will likely end in 1916 when Rasputin was murdered. Several myths have sprung up around the circumstances of his killing.
Maybe he was poisoned, and maybe he survived that. Maybe he had his penis severed, and survived that too. Maybe he was then stabbed, and survived that, and maybe he was then clubbed brutally, wrapped in a carpet and thrown in the river. He certainly seemed to be shot somewhere in the process, as his post mortem photos feature what appear to be a large gunshot wound in his head.
Whatever happened, it was apparently drowning that finally did for him.
I expect Hall will try to follow the most up to date thinking about how Rasputin died. Maybe Seth Grahame-Smith would be the man to tell us the legendary version instead. Or Richard Herring…