I found Spielberg’s comments about Lincoln in Entertainment Weekly intriguing and possibly revealing of the direction he may take with the film.
“Lincoln had a very, very complicated – and at the same time, extremely clear — inner life. He thought things out. He talked things out. He argued both sides of every issue. And he was very careful in making any decision. As a matter of fact, his opponents and his enemies criticized him often for being impossibly slow to a decision.”
It seems like Spielberg may be focusing on Lincoln as a great diplomat, a man who wanted to improve society for all, rather than dogmatically argue for one side of the political spectrum or the other.
It’s a very Spielbergian concept, I think, focusing on the things that unite us, rather than the things that divide us, and a message that’s particularly potent in a world that seems so politically polarised.