Saturday, July 02, 2005

Spielberg Starts 1972 Olympics Project


The New York Times reports that director Steven Spielberg started filming his new untitled project in Malta on Wednesday, the same day War of the Worlds hit theaters.

The Universal Pictures drama, opening December 23rd, is about the secret Mossad hit squad that was ordered to assassinate Palestinian terrorists after the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

The newspaper says Spielberg has sought counsel from advisers ranging from his own rabbi to the former American diplomat Dennis Ross, who in turn has alerted Israeli government officials to the film's thrust. The director has also shown the script to Mr. Ross's old boss, former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton's aides said Spielberg reached out to him first more than a year ago and again as recently as Tuesday. Spielberg is also being advised by Mike McCurry, Clinton's White House spokesman, and Allan Mayer, a Hollywood spokesman who specializes in crisis communications.