I'll Be Home
Between his special effects-driven blockbusters and his historically-inspired period pieces, it's not hard to learn what interests, fascinates, and worries Steven Spielberg. (Almost all of his films feature a fractured family of some kind.) But for decades, some critics and fans have hoped that the filmmaker would make a more "personal" film that directly looked at his childhood in a more intimate, naturalistic manner. Reportedly, during the filming of Close Encounters, French New Wave innovator François Truffaut urged Spielberg to make his own version of Small Change, the director's acclaimed film about youth. But we know Spielberg doesn't really do "small" anything.
After abandoning a script titled After School, which was penned by 1941 writers Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, in the late '70s, Spielberg began talking about making a movie called I'll Be Home, which would be written by his sister Anne and would take a closer look at his early years. "'My big fear,'' he told The New York Times in a 1999 profile, ''is that my mom and dad won't like it and will think it's an insult and won't share my loving yet critical point of view about what it was like to grow up with them.'' Today, Spielberg has four grandchildren and his own father is 101 years old, so maybe now is the time to finally film this passion project.