Spielberg will direct '72 Olympic terror film. Ben Kingsley will reunite with the ''Schindler's List'' director for the drama about the terrorist killings at the Munich games

By Gary Susman
Updated April 21, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Steven Spielberg is going for the gold. Variety reports that he’s planning a June shoot of a movie centered on the 1972 Olympic games in Munich, at which Palestinian terrorists took hostage and killed 11 Israeli Olympians. Details of the plot of the screenplay (written by ”Forrest Gump”’s Eric Roth) are being kept under wraps, but the DreamWorks-Universal coproduction will reunite Spielberg with ”Schindler’s List” star Ben Kingsley.

The Olympic drama is one of at least three films Spielberg plans to direct over the next year and a half. After that, he plans to make ”The Rivals,” about 19th-century actresses Sarah Bernhardt and Eleanora Duse, then ”The War of the Worlds” with his ”Minority Report” star, Tom Cruise. (Not to mention the long-awaited ”Indiana Jones IV,” which is apparently stuck in script limbo, having been put on hold by producer George Lucas.) Meanwhile, Spielberg will be in theaters June 18 with the Tom Hanks comedy-drama ”The Terminal.”