Lincoln Was Almost an HBO Movie

"LINCOLN" Daniel Day-Lewis stars as President Abraham Lincoln in this scene from director Steven Spielberg's drama "Lincoln" Photo: DreamWorks

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are pretty glum about the future of the movie industry, or so they indicated yesterday at a panel at USC. "We're talking Lincoln and Red Tails — we barely got them into theaters. You're talking about Steven Spielberg and George Lucas can't get their movie into a theater," Lucas said, according to THR. Papa Star Wars also suggested that cable television is "much more adventurous" than film nowadays and that "eventually the Lincolns will go away and they're going to be on television." "As mine almost was," Spielberg said. "This close. Ask HBO — this close." Not to disrupt the gentle flow of history, but might Lincoln have been better as an HBO movie or mini-series? The world will never know.