Steven Spielberg wishes he’d directed Mare of Easttown

“It was a beautifully directed story,” Spielberg said of HBO’s Emmy-winning mystery series.

Steven Spielberg hoped HBO would get him to direct Mare of Easttown.

The Academy Award-winning director announced that he wants to direct a limited series and make his TV debut behind the camera with a series like acclaimed Emmy-winning Mare of Easttown.

“I have an appetite for long-form and one day I’m going to direct a long-form series,” Spielberg said during the “Smartless” podcast, which was hosted by Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett. “I mean, if someone had brought me ‘Mare of Easttown,’ I would have. It was a beautifully staged story.”

The 2021 series starred Kate Winslet as a small-town Pennsylvania detective who becomes involved in a missing person case that turns up too close to her home. “Mare of Easttown” landed four Emmy wins, including acting awards for Winslet, Evan Peters and Julianne Nicholson. Winslet has addressed the rumors of a second season for Mare, saying in December 2022 that “no decision has been made” to bring the series back.

Spielberg has never directed television, but did executive produce the limited series Band of Brothers. The Fabelmans writer added that he was tempted to make the 2012 historical epic Lincoln a six-hour miniseries starring Daniel Day-Lewis instead.

“I was ready to do ‘Lincoln’ as a six-hour film [show] because I couldn’t raise all the funding for it,” Spielberg said. “Nobody believed it… I was driving around town and everyone turned me away. I was willing to make a deal with HBO and expand it to six hours. Tony Kushner’s first draft was 550 pages, so I had the goods! I had the stuff. I don’t know if I could have persuaded Daniel Day-Lewis to do six hours, but I came close.”

Spielberg isn’t the only iconic director looking to move into the limited series realm: Quentin Tarantino announced in November 2022 that he would be unveiling a limited series in early 2023.

Tarantino recently partnered with Netflix to release the 2015 film The Hateful Eight in episodes. As for his forays into television, Tarantino has previously been credited with writing From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series episodes based on his film starring Robert Rodriguez. He also wrote and directed two episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2005 and directed an episode of ER in 1995 and played a character in a two-parter of Alias. The planned limited series will mark Tarantino’s first major foray into the TV landscape.

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