Steven Spielberg has officially left his proposed 'Harvey.' Variety reports that Spielberg’s first choice was Tom Hanks, but the actor who is often regarded as a modern day Stewart wanted no part of taking over a role played by the iconic star. Spielberg and Fox spent several months courting Robert Downey Jr.
While the Downey never committed, he did make suggestions on rewrites of the Jonathan Tropper script. He and Spielberg never found themselves in creative synch on the script, and the director finally called the whole thing off.
Fox 2000 will continue working on “Harvey” and could re-approach Spielberg and Downey.