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Steven Spielberg 'drops' Harvey film remake

Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg is best known for directing blockbusters including ET

Steven Spielberg has dropped out of directing a remake of the classic James Stewart movie Harvey, according to industry newspaper Variety.

It is thought Spielberg struggled to find a lead actor after Tom Hanks reportedly turned the role down and Robert Downey Jr refused to commit.

The original film was based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play of the same name by Mary Chase.

It is thought studio 20th Century Fox will continue with the project.

Harvey, which tells the story about a man who claims his best friend is a giant invisible rabbit, was a huge success.

Stewart received a best actor nomination at the 1951 Oscars for his performance, while his co-star, Josephine Hull, won best supporting actress.

Spielberg has not confirmed what he is planning to direct next.

He has recently completed production on The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.

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