Steven Spielberg to direct Harvey update next

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Of all the films Steven Spielberg is rumored to direct next—Lincoln, Matt Helm—did anyone see this coming?

DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox announced on Sunday that Spielberg will direct a contemporary adaptation of Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Harvey, about a dotty man and his friend, a 6-foot invisible rabbit, as his next movie.

Harvey is the first screenplay by the best-selling novelist Jonathan Tropper. ...

Harvey is the story of an amiable eccentric, Elwood P. Dowd, and his friendship with a 6-and-a-half-feet tall invisible rabbit and how this affects every member of his family and his community. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944 and played on Broadway for 1,775 performances between 1944 and 1949. It later was adapted for the 1950 Universal film that starred Jimmy Stewart and Josephine Hull. ...

Tropper is the author of The Book of Joe, Everything Changes, Plan B, How to Talk to a Widower and his newest book, This is Where I Leave You, which will be published this month.

The twitterverse is already alive with calls for Tom Hanks to take on the role Stewart made famous. Or Zach Galifianakis?