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Apparent poster for the film online.

On April 11, 2014, it was announced that Spielberg was going to direct a film adaptation of David Kertzer's 1996 book The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.


In 2016, it was confirmed that Tony Kushner were to serve as a screenwriter and Mark Rylance portraying Pope Pius IX. Oscar Isaac was to have portrayed Mortara himself.

In 2017, the film was in far as filming, and was in it's development status.


The film were to be based on the true story of Jewish-Italian Edgardo Mortara, who was kidnapped and forced to convert to the Catholic Church; "An Italian Jew becomes the center of an international controversy when he is removed from his parents at the age of seven by authorities of the Papal States and is raised as a Catholic. He goes on to become a priest in the Augustinian order."

Why It Was Cancelled[]

  1. Spielberg was having trouble finding a six-year-old boy to play the film's lead.
  2. Due to the favor of directing The Post (2017), plans were over-delayed too many times and Spielberg had enough of it.
  3. Spielberg did not appreciative reading Liz Hannah and Josh Singer's script.
  4. Marco Bellocchio, the person who was supposed to direct the film, refused to due to a couple of agreements.


  • The film was permanently cancelled.
  • The book stays at it is, with no movie counterparts at all.
  • As of 2022, there are no further plans to continue on the films' development.