Hugh Jackman & Daniel Craig in 'A Steady Rain'
Steven Spielberg is looking to helm a film adaptation of Keith Huff's A Steady Rain. Hugh Jackman, the play's original Broadway star, revealed the news to Comingsoon.net while promoting his new movie Reel Steel at San Diego's Comic-Con. There was no immediate word if Jackman's co-star Daniel Craig would join him in the film.
A Steady Rain follows two Chicago policeman who inadvertently hand off a young boy to a serial killer who claims to be the child's uncle. When he later becomes the man's latest victim, the officers' friendship is threatened as they struggle to bear responsibility for their failure to assess the situation accurately. Directed by John Crowley, the play opened at Broadway's Schoenfeld Theatre on September 29, 2009, and played to sold-out houses during its 80-performance run.
This isn't the first theatrical venture for Spielberg. His film adaptation of War Horse, which shares the same source material as the Tony-winning play currently running at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, hits screens December 28. He also serves as executive producer on NBC's upcoming Broadway-themed TV series Smash. The Oscar-winning director was previously rumored to direct a biopic of composer George Gershwin starring Zachary Quinto, as well as a remake of Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Harvey.