Steven Spielberg Almost Quit Directing After Schindler's List


Steven Spielberg has revealed that he thought that ‘Schindler’s List’ could have been his final film.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he has spoken candidly of the toll the movie took on him, and how it left him without the motivation to work again.

“I just didn’t. I could not,” he said.

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“I was sad and isolated, and as well-received and successful as that movie was, I think it was the trauma of telling the story and forming the Shoah Foundation. [Spielberg’s non-profit Holocaust remembrance organisation]

“I started to wonder, was Schindler’s List going to be the last film I would direct?”

However, it added that once he had worked through his creative malaise, the urge to work 'seized me one day like a thunderbolt’.


“I just needed time,” he said.

His time of reflection was worth it, however.

'Schindler’s List’, which starred Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley, trawled the Oscars in 1994.

Out of 12 nominations, it won seven, including Best Picture and Best Director.

The American Film Institute ranks it at number eight in the list of the 100 best American films of all time.

Spielberg’s next project is 'Ready Player One’, starring Ben Mendelsohn, Tye Sheridan, T.J. Miller and Mark Rylance.

It’s due out in March, 2018.

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