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Steven Spielberg hops to "Harvey" remake

Steven Spielberg presents the Oscar for Best Motion Picture during the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Steven Spielberg will soon be seeing imaginary rabbits.

The filmmaker will direct as his next film a contemporary adaptation of Mary Chase’s play “Harvey,” about a man and his friendship with an invisible, six-foot tall rabbit.

20th Century Fox and DreamWorks will co produce the project. Novelist Jonathan Tropper (“The Book of Joe”) has written the adaptation for the new version.

“Harvey” was first adapted for the screen in 1950 with James Stewart in the starring role as Elwood P. Dowd. He received an Oscar nomination, while Josephine Hull took the prize for her supporting role.

No casting for the remake is in place yet; filming is set to begin early next year. Spielberg was last in theaters with 2008’s “Indiana Jones” sequel.