THE LATTER DESCRIBED AS A "SCIENCE FICTION TRIP", VIA 1982 ISSUE OF STARBURST MAGAZINE
The image above, from Starburst Magazine no. 52, was tweeted this weekend by Body Snatchers, with the following caption:
From Starburst Magazine #52, 1982: Steven Spielberg and Brian De Palma were going to collaborate on an adaptation of Michael Crichton's CONGO with De Palma directing but the project has fallen apart and Crichton is going to direct the film instead.
As De Palma has told Samuel Blumenfeld and Laurent Vachaud, Spielberg would have produced and De Palma would have directed Congo. In fact, Congo would take another dozen or so years to reach the big screen, and ended up being directed by Spielberg's Amblin partner Frank Marshall, with a screenplay by John Patrick Shanley, following Spielberg's adaptation of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park.
Meanwhile, this is the first I have ever heard of Starfire. Not sure what is meant, precisely, by the Starburst description of that one as a "science fiction trip," but De Palma didn't end up taking a cinematic science fiction trip again until the year 2000, with Mission To Mars.
Updated: Monday, January 9, 2023 7:21 AM CST
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