Steven Spielberg appears to have found his next directorial effort, taking the helm of “The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara” for Amblin Entertainment.
Tony Kushner penned this adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winner David Kertzer’s 1997 book which recounts the story of a young Jewish boy in Bologna, Italy in 1858. Having been secretly baptized, he is forcibly taken from his family to be raised as a Christian.
The struggle to free him becomes part of a larger political battle that pits the Papacy against forces of democracy and Italian unification. Mark Rylance, who has become a ‘go to’ actor for Spielberg with last year’s “Bridge of Spies” and this year’s “The BFG,” will star as Pope Pius IX here.
Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce with filming to begin early 2017 for a release during awards season next year.