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‘Jaws’ Filmmaker Steven Spielberg Dives Back into Thrillers with Universal’s ‘Long Lost’

30+ Years in the Making

After more than 30 years, Steven Spielberg is returning to the thriller genre by signing on as a producer for Universal Pictures’ upcoming film, Long Lost.

Who’s the team behind this?

According to Deadline, Universal acquired the 50-page short story written by Colin Bannon. Moreover, Bannon is reputedly going to earn a seven-figure salary for penning the feature screenplay. 

For writers who would kill to make even a four-figure salary for their creations, this is a dream come true. Inspired by Spielberg’s frequent musical collaborator, John Williams, one can imagine Jurassic Park’s iconic theme song playing as they picture what an honor this would be. 

Furthermore, Bannon has already made waves in the screenwriting world after being featured on the Blacklist a staggering seven times. In addition, he’s sold several of his scripts, notably Ultra to TriStar Pictures and First Ascent to Netflix. Even more impressively, Netflix is currently developing his project, Holdout, with acclaimed actress Elisabeth Moss signing on as director/star.

Image courtesy of IMDB. Steven Spielberg on the Set of ‘Jaws’ (1975).

Beyond Bannon’s writing prowess, the producers behind the short story- turned-big-screen thriller are Amblin Partners, with Simon Kinberg and Audrey Chon for Genre Pictures, as well as Scott Glassgold and his company Ground Control Entertainment — and, of course, lauded filmmaker Steven Spielberg. 

What’s it about?

The short story follows a newly married woman whose marital bliss ends when her husband’s former wife, who was assumed dead, comes back into the picture and seeks to take back the life she had. 

The fear of an ex returning and causing chaos is a universal concern, and with rumors pointing to the influence of films like What Lies Beneath and Rosemary’s Baby, one can expect it’s going to be an unsettlingly eerie experience. 

Final Thoughts

It’s going to be a while before Long Lost hits theaters. In the meantime, watch the Golden Globes tonight at 8 pm EST on CBS. In 2023, Spielberg won Best Director for The Fabelmans and will undoubtedly be making an appearance at this year’s event.

Image courtesy of IMDB. Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse in ‘Rosemary’s Baby’.

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