Steven Spielberg is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable and beloved directors. Throughout his illustrious career, he has worked on numerous classics like Jaws, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, E.T., and Saving Private Ryan. The director has been in the business for nearly 50 years, including his directorial debut, The Sugarland Express, in 1974.
As Spielberg approaches his 76th birthday in December, fans are wondering if the director will begin to slow down. Spielberg has stated that he has no such intentions. Last week, Spielberg joined the Toronto International Film Festival to watch the premiere of his new film, The Fabelmans.
Gabriel LaBelle plays Sam Fabelman, the fictional figure designed to portray Steven Spielberg throughout his youth, in the autobiographical film. LaBelle’s parents are played by Michelle Williams and Paul Dano, with Seth Rogen rounding out the cast.
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What does Steven Spielberg have to say about his career?
During an interview, Spielberg informed his fans that he does not want to retire anytime soon and revealed the idea for The Fabelmans.
“This [movie] is not because I’m going to retire and this is my swam song. Don’t believe any of that. [Co-writer] Tony [Kushner] and I started talking about this possibility when we were making Lincoln together. Tony kind of performed the function of a therapist and I was patient, and we talked and I talked for a long time. Tony fed me and helped me through this… But when COVID hit, we all had a lot of time. And we all had a lot of fear. I don’t think anybody knew in March or April 2020 what was going to be the state of the art and the state of life, even a year from then. And I think in that sense, I felt as things got worse and worse that I just felt that [my adolescence] is the thing that I really need to resolve and unpack.”
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The 75-year-old director explained the motivation behind the film, which is the first time he has gone into his own family history in a kind of cinematic biography that goes into his exposure to the art form and his blossoming creativity. The Fablemans also delves into how infidelity shattered his close-knit family, which includes three sisters, all of whom attended the premiere and were seated alongside their renowned brother.
Are fans happy about his decision?
Well, the answer is no. While Spielberg has grazed his presence in Hollywood with many classics, he seems to have lost his touch in recent times. Private Ryan was his most recent excellent film. That was ten years ago. He’s created a lot of good movies since then, but nothing on the level of his earlier work. Also, he has made some poor producer decisions (Transformers 2).
A Twitter user also stated, “Michael Bay is a better director if I’m being honest. Spielberg is nothing but an overrated director right now”.
He hasn’t made a great movie in a while let’s be real
— 𝓒𝓜𝓙 (@IceSwallowCome_) September 20, 2022
michael bay is a better director if i’m being honest
— anthony (@IceCreamTony) September 20, 2022
Cool but can he retire the private plane usage
— Will Shelleau (@willshelleau) September 20, 2022
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Fans want him to retire for good to avoid further embarrassments and social media backlashes. However, It’s all up to Spielberg to decide when to stop making films and relax during his retirement.
The Fabelmans comes out on 11 November 2022.
Source: Culture Crave