“It just felt like this was going to be a movie that I was going to want to make immediately,” said Steven Spielberg, explaining the urgency behind the production of his latest film, “The Post,” which he made at lightning speed earlier this year. He explained, “It was really nine months from the time I read the script by Liz Hannah to the time we showed the movie to [press and industry on November 19].” Watch Spielberg talk more about the film above.
“The Post” tells the true story of Washington Post publisher Kay Graham (played by Meryl Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), who struggled with the dilemma of whether to publish the contents of the Pentagon Papers that revealed years of government lies regarding the Vietnam War. Before the Washington Post got hold of the documents the New York Times ran stories on their contents, which led President Richard Nixon‘s justice department to get an injunction against the Times, so any newspaper that dared to publish the material faced the threat of further reprisal from the US government.
“For one thing, I need a motivational purpose to make any movie,” said Spielberg about how he was able to execute the film in such a short time. “When I read the first draft of the script this was something that couldn’t wait three years or two years. It’s a story that we needed to tell today. And that’s really all it took. It took that and the fact that I have a tremendous team that’s been with me for the last 22 years of my career.” “The Post” arrives at a time when the current president, Donald Trump, has declared war against the news media. As Spielberg noted about the eerie parallels, “Sometimes bad things happen twice.”
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