As the Brett Morgen's documentary film "Chicago 10" about the eight anti-war protesters who were put on trial following the 1968 Democratic National Convention is nearing its limited release on February 29, it was reported that the dramatic feature film based on the same story "The Trial of the Chicago 7" may be put on hold. According to Collider.com, the Aaron Sorkin's film is more likely to be delayed because its director Stephen Spielberg has left the project.
Reportedly, the director has bowed out from the project because he was not satisfied with the script. According to Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood Daily, the acclaimed director backed out from the film because he believes that the film's scrips still needs more work and thus the film might not be finalized before the SAG's contract expires in June. On the actor's strike, a source close to the director explained, "It's a de facto casualty of SAG. He's still working on it with producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and still keenly interested. But because of the uncertainty over a SAG strike, he has to push the date."
Further, the insider said, "Knowing that he had to be finished by July left him too much up against it, so he had to make a decision whether to give the pic a firm state date of April which he didn't feel ready for." Additionally, the source added, "Unless the SAG contract will be resolved within the next two or three weeks, Steven felt he couldn't go forward. It's really not about lack of interest in the material. He can start this movie on August 1st."
On related news, it was explained that the only actor confirmed for the cast was Sacha Baron Cohen who is set to portray Abbie Hoffman dismissing rumors that Will Smith, Taye Diggs, Adam Arkin, Kevin Spacey and Philip Seymour Hoffman are attached to the DreamWorks' film. Finke noted that the film will use newcomers to portray the rest of the defendants in order to keep the film on a low-budget.