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Spielberg to film Olympic tragedy
Steven Spielberg
Spielberg has been seeking European locations
Director Steven Spielberg is to make a film about the kidnap and murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics.

Spielberg is looking to cast actor Sir Ben Kingsley in the drama, which will begin filming in June, a spokeswoman at his Dreamworks studio said.

The Israelis died after being taken hostage by Palestinian activists at the 1972 summer games in Munich.

Spielberg also plans a version of the sci-fi tale War of the Worlds, film industry paper Daily Variety said.

The Dreamworks spokeswoman said details of the Olympics film project had been kept shrouded in secrecy as Spielberg pinned down European locations for the production.


She said the screenplay would be written by Eric Roth, who won an Oscar for his Forrest Gump script and was nominated for The Insider.

The film is to be released by Universal and overseen by Dreamworks, although no release date has been set.

Sir Ben previously co-starred in Schindler's List, Spielberg's Oscar-winning Holocaust drama which was recently released on DVD.

The Munich Olympics killings were also was the subject of the 2000 Oscar-winning documentary One Day in September directed by Kevin Macdonald.

Spielberg's next movie, The Terminal, starring Tom Hanks as a Russian immigrant stranded in a US airport, is due for release in June.

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