We recognize that the problem with doing our 2018 Best Picture & Best Director Nominees, is that we wind up being blind-sided by big decisions like Steven Spielberg prioritizing his new movie “The Post,” starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.

Deadline reports that the film is now on the fast-track, with filming to start in May, and the picture expected to be delivered in time for this year’s Oscar season. Penned by Liz Hannah, “The Post” will detail the true story of the explosive Pentagon Papers, which changed the course of the Vietnam War, and the work done by the Washington Post to disseminate the intel, with Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee, and Streep as publisher Kay Graham.

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It means some re-ordering of Spielberg’s schedule. The director is currently in post-production on the blockbuster “Ready Player One,” which opens on March 30, 2018. He had originally planned to make religious thriller “The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara” starring Mark Rylance and Oscar Isaac next — possibly even for this year’s awards season — but that’s now been pushed back. And if “Indiana Jones 5” is still on Spielberg’s slate for 2019, I don’t see ‘Mortara’ happening until after that sequel — Spielberg works fast, but that would still be a difficult picture to squeeze in the mix.

So, it’s time for prognosticators to realign their crystal balls because Spielberg, Hanks, and Streep are coming for the Oscars.

  • rnlol

    If The Post and RPO are done by the end of this year, then he could theoretically shoot Kidnapping in early 2018 before shooting Indy 5.

    • i hope spielberg casts his friend Mark Rylance as Daniel Ellsberg

      • alexandercoleman

        Mark Rylance is too old. Daniel Ellsberg was approximately 40 years old during the events of “The Post.”

        My pick to play Ellsberg? Matthew Rhys from “The Americans.” A little makeup, a little work on the hair, and he’d actually look a lot like him. “The Americans” is an Amblin property, too, so that would make things extra comfy, one would think.

    • alexandercoleman

      Yep, it’s definitely theoretically possible. If The Post wraps principal photography by early August, and with Ready Player One still simmering in postproduction, and The Post probably coming out in December, I could see Spielberg tackling The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara in, say, February-April or so of 2018, all while Indy 5 is in preproduction, then finally turn toward the beginning of shooting Indy 5 in July 2018 for its July 2019 release.

      So we’d get The Post this December (guesswork), Ready Player One on March 30, 2018, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara in November/December 2018, probably, and of course finally Indy 5 on July 19, 2019.

      And what’s amazing is Spielberg could theoretically go after something else in, say, spring 2019 while Indy is in postproduction, from It’s What I Do to West Side Story to Montezuma to something that just captures him that minute like The Post.

      That would be optimal, haha.

      • AnonymityIsOverrated

        Fingers crossed for Robopocalypse in spring 2019