He is known as one of the greatest directors of all time, and now Steven Spielberg is about to tackle one of the greatest novels of all time. According to Deadline, Spielberg wishes to take on Steinbeck's classic novel The Grapes of Wrath, with the help for Dreamworks Studios.
This won't be the first time the famous novel will be attempted to be captured on screen, as an early Oscar-winning adaptation was made by John Ford and legendary mogul producer Zanuck in the 1940s. The story follows the great depression of the 1920s and the misfortunes of a Midwestern family forced to go on the road after losing their farm. In other words, it's a fitting film for a director who works best when creative big scale epics. Everything the man touches to gold so it'll be a nice dash of irony when a story about wide scale impoverishment and underdogs becomes a blockbuster.
As of now, Spielberg is working on American Sniper, starring in-demand actor Bradley Cooper. The man rarely ever puts a foot wrong (excusing the woeful War of The Worlds starring Tom Cruise, but maybe that was an off season), so if ever there was a way to further ensure The Grapes of Wrath remains a classic, this should be it.