Spielberg timetables Lincoln biopic
Steven Spielberg is delaying the release of his Abraham Lincoln biopic to avoid it being used as "political fodder".
The director told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper that the film, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the president, will come out after the 2012 US presidential election.
"The movie will be purposely coming out after next year's election. I didn't want it to become political fodder," he said.
The president's wife is being played by Sally Field in the film, based on the book Team Of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
The biopic will focus on the final four months of Lincoln's life, but follow his journey to abolish slavery and end the American Civil War.
Spielberg said the film was not a "battlefield movie", adding: "It is really a movie about the great work Abraham Lincoln did in the last months of his life."
He has recently been making the big-screen version of Tintin, coming out this year, and War Horse, due for release in the UK in 2012.