According to Tom Tapp on the newly launched Daily Beast, Steven Spielberg has said he’d like to start this Lincoln project in “early 2009, because it’s Lincoln’s 200th anniversary.” And this is supposed to make sense to someone? Spielberg has been shilly-shallying on this thing for years but now he wants to “start” working on it — filming, I presume this means — because of a birthday in 1809? Which means the movie will come out in 2010 or ’11, or a year or two after Abe’s 200th anniversary. I have an equally brilliant idea. Why doesn’t Spielberg delay shooting until 2013 or early ’14 and then open it in 2015, or the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination?