John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Grapes of Wrath,” could be heading to the big screen once again. A new film adaptation is currently in the early stages of planning according to a report from Deadline. It was also reported that DreamWorks is the company behind the talks with Steven Spielberg planned to be the producer.
Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in financial and agricultural industries. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they were trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California. Along with thousands of other “Okies”, they sought jobs, land, dignity, and a future.
The classic novel was previously adapted by director John Ford in 1940. The first part of the film version follows the book fairly accurately. However, the second half and the ending in particular are significantly different from the book.
Deadline notes that Spielberg is interested only in producing the new film and that he is not seeking to direct. There is no word yet on who is planned to star in the film or a projected date for the project to begin production.