Wendy Mitchell
September 15, 2009 AT 08:00 AM EDT

Variety reports that Steven Spielberg isn’t giving up on his long-planned Abraham Lincoln project, despite yesterday’s news that Robert Redford will direct his own Lincoln story, The Conspirator. “We are very happy that Redford will be doing this Lincoln movie,” Spielberg told Variety. “It is completely different from what our DreamWorks Lincoln movie will be and we believe that it will add to the commercial potential of our film. Lincoln as a subject is inexhaustible.” Tony Kushner’s script for Spielberg is said to focus on his anguish about the Civil War; Redford’s project is about a woman charged with conspiracy to kill the president.

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