Steven Spielberg set to direct ‘The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortata’

Steven Spielberg has found his next film: he’ll direct for Amblin Entertainment The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara, an adaptation of the 1997 book by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Kertzer.

Adapted for the screen by Tony Kushner (Lincoln, Munich, Angels In America), The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara tells the story of a young Jewish boy in Bologna, Italy, in 1858 who is forcibly taken from his family to be raised as a Christian after it’s discovered he had been secretly baptized. Mortara’s parents’ struggle to free their son becomes a part of a much larger political battle which pits the papacy against the forces of democracy and Italian unification.


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