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Munich - Preview

Munich, poster

Preview by Jack Foley

STEVEN Spielberg is nothing if not prolific. Having conquered the box office again with summer hit War of the Worlds, he is now set to deliver his latest star-studded thriller in the form of Munich this Christmas.

The three-time Academy Award®-winning director has taken a break from the special effects, however, to helm a historical thriller set in the aftermath of the 1972 massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics.

The film has been a long-held ambition for Spielberg who had initially been scheduled to start shooting it in 2004.

The sensitivity of the issues surrounding the film forced him to postpone plans, however, and led to him reuniting with Tom Cruise for War of the Worlds – given that Cruise also had casting issues to sort for his Mission Impossible III shoot.

Now, however, Munich is back in the spotlight and due for a December 23 release in the US and a UK release soon after in January 2006.

The film recounts the story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and assassinate the 11 Palestinians who were believed to have planned the 1972 Munich massacre.

Aside from functioning as a taut thriller, the movie will be seeking to explore the personal toll this mission of revenge takes on the team and the man who led it.

Eric Bana (Troy) stars as the Mossad agent charged with leading the band of specialists brought together for this operation, while the film boasts an international cast including new 007 Daniel Craig, Geoffrey Rush, Mathieu Kassovitz, Hanns Zischler Ciarán Hinds.

According to advance publicity for the film, the narrative is based on a number of sources, including the recollections of some who participated in the events themselves.

The script marks the feature film debut of Tony Kushner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award and many other awards for his Broadway drama, Angels in America, as well as its Emmy Award-winning adaptation for HBO (starring Al Pacino and Meryl Streep).

From its pensive poster and trailer alone, the film looks set to continue Spielberg’s hot streak as a director who can capably juggle blockbusting crowd-pleasers with more serious subject matter.

We cannot wait…