Steven Spielberg omits Lincoln assassination in new movie

Popular Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg recently spoke about his latest movie Lincoln. The biopic movie narrates the final four months of Lincoln’s life and focuses more on the Civil War and the battle he had with his cabinet over the issue of abolishing slavery.

However, the only thing the film did not have was John Wilkes Booth, the person who assassinated Lincoln. The filmmaker was asked why he did not depict Lincoln’s assassination to which he explained, “The decision was a pretty easy one to make. Had we taken it right up to the assassination, the film would’ve, for the first time, become exploitation. And I didn’t want to go anywhere near that.”

Spielberg further explained that when you are dealing with the history, you have to be very careful and not push boundaries too far. The filmmaker also said that nothing could be gained by showing the assassination.

Spielberg also said that the decision did not have anything to do with cinema. The movie Lincoln has an all-cast including Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Lincoln is all set to hit US cinemas on November 16, 2012 and will hit UK screens on January 25, 2013.