During his appearance on the SmartLess podcast, Steven Spielberg spoke at length about his desire to one day direct a television show. He also revealed that he almost had to approach the medium for his “Lincoln” film as he was struggling to raise the money to produce it for the big screen. He was apparently willing to approach HBO about it, although he wasn’t sure if star Daniel Day-Lewis would have been on board for such a project. But he was so excited about the idea that he admitted he has a desire to one day helm a long-form TV show.
“I have an appetite for long form, and one day I’m going to direct a long form series,” Spielberg said. “I mean, if someone had brought me ‘Mare of Easttown,’ I would have. It was a beautifully staged story.”
It’s not surprising that Spielberg wants to make his mark as a director on television. The director has pursued many projects close to his heart in recent years, most notably his semi-autobiographical The Fabelmans, which borrows a little from his own youth. What better medium to create more projects like this than a creative landscape like the small screen? With that in mind, it’s hard to imagine what “Mare of Easttown” would have looked like now with him behind the camera. In any case, given his high profile and legendary status, it’s hard to imagine any network would turn down the opportunity to work with Spielberg.