The 76-year-old filmmaker was keen to bring the semi-autobiographical coming-of-age drama - loosely based on his own life - to the big screen because he was concerned that the global health crisis would derail his plans.
He told the 'SmartLess' podcast: 'I was terrified that the world was about to end its days, an event of epic proportions, I mean an event of extinction proportions. At the time when I really thought about it, writing this script, we had lost 250,000 Americans to COVID. And I said to my family that if there was anything I could leave behind, if I got a chance to do another film, it would be this story. ' Spielberg explained that it was the first time he felt pressured to write a screenplay. 'I've never had that feeling before, until the pandemic. Like any of us, I was riveted to what all the anchors on the various news programs were saying, and all the pundits that came out, and the denials from the White House that it's not that bad, just a temporary flu epidemic,' says the filmmaker.
The personal project has been on Spielberg's mind 'all his life' and he didn't want to risk missing his chance. He added: 'I really felt like we weren't going in a good direction and that things weren't going to end well for a lot of us. And that gave me the idea to tell a story that has always intrigued me I've thought about it all my life.'
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