Steven Spielberg To Direct New UFO Movie With ‘Jurassic Park’ Writer David Koepp

Steven Spielberg, the legendary filmmaker known for his work on iconic films involving extra-terrestrials such as 1977’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind and 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, is reportedly gearing up for a new film project centred around UFOs after nearly 50 years.

This venture marks a reunion with screenwriter David Koepp, with whom Steven Spielberg created the blockbuster hit Jurassic Park in 1993. According to a report from Variety, the duo is set to collaborate once again, although details about the upcoming UFO movie, including its title, remain scarce.

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Spielberg and Koepp have a rich history of successful collaborations, not just with Jurassic Park, but also on films like War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Their latest project is based on an original idea by Spielberg, with Koepp tasked with writing the screenplay. This partnership rekindles the dynamic synergy that previously brought some of the most memorable blockbusters to the big screen.

The announcement of this UFO movie comes at a time when Spielberg has been exploring a variety of themes in his recent projects. After stepping away from the Jurassic World trilogy, which allowed new filmmakers to take the helm, Spielberg poured his creativity into The Fabelmans, a semi-autobiographical film that earned critical acclaim and several award nominations. He also directed a remake of West Side Story, showcasing his versatility and enduring influence in Hollywood.

Meanwhile, Koepp continues to engage with the Jurassic Park franchise, working on the script for the upcoming Jurassic World 4, directed by Gareth Edwards and set for release next summer. Koepp also contributed to Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, allowing Harrison Ford to reprise his role as the beloved explorer in what is touted as his final adventure.

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

In addition to the UFO project, Spielberg is developing a new movie based on Bullitt, a reimagining of the classic Steve McQueen thriller, which is not a direct remake but will feature the character Frank Bullitt. The script for this film is being penned by Josh Singer, with Bradley Cooper attached to star, and production details are still under wraps due to delays from the writers’ strike.

As Spielberg and Koepp prepare to captivate audiences once again with their upcoming UFO film, anticipation is high. This project promises to offer the same thrilling storytelling and cinematic magic that fans have come to expect from Spielberg, especially given his prowess in creating compelling narratives about the unknown and otherworldly.