The Washington Times - August 3, 2009, 06:32AM

Steven Spielberg has committed to his next film — an adaptation of the Mary Chase Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Harvey,” Variety is reporting.

The play was first adapted for the big screen in 1950 starring Jimmy Stewart as eccentric Elwood P. Dowd, whose best friend is a six-and-a-half foot tall invisible bunny.

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Speilberg’s version is set to begin production next year and will kick off DreamWorks’ new distribution deal with Disney and Reliance.

Speilberg is going to add some of his special touches to the script. Instead of a rabbit, Harvey will be a cute alien with magical healing powers. And instead of being invisible, everyone will be able to see him but will think he’s one of the Jonas Brothers.

I hear that Speilberg wants to get Harrison Ford to play Elwood P. Dowd — you know, to make amends for “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”