Director Steven Spielberg will go head to head with Robert Redford when they each produce movie biopics about Abraham Lincoln.
Hollywood veteran Redford is working on Lincoln drama The Conspirator and recently revealed James MCAvoy and Robin Wright Penn had joined the cast.
Spielberg announced plans for a film based on the life of the 19th century U.S. president earlier this year (09) with Liam Neeson as Lincoln, but the project has been delayed by funding and script alterations in the run-up to production.
However, the Jaws filmmaker insists the project, simply titled Lincoln, is still in the works - and he welcomes Redford's take on Lincoln's life because it will be so different from his own.
Spielberg tells industry paper Daily Variety, "We are very happy that Redford will be doing this Lincoln movie.
"It is completely different from what our DreamWorks Lincoln movie will be, and we believe that it will add to the commercial potential of our film. Lincoln as a subject is inexhaustible."
Spielberg's Lincoln will focus on the period of the American Civil War, while Redford's The Conspirator will detail the story behind Lincoln's assassination in 1865.