Steven Spielberg is delaying the release of his movie “Lincoln” until after the presidential election because, “I don’t want it to become political fodder,” he told the Orlando Sentinel in an interview. The movie is based on Doris Kerns Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals” but covers only the last four months of Lincoln’s life instead of his entire presidency which is covered in the book.

He also said the movie, to be filmed in Richmond, is not “a battlefield movie. There are battles in it, and being in Virginia, we have access to those historic battlefields. It is really about the great work Abraham Lincoln did in the last four months of his life.”

Spielberg told reporters he choose Richmond because there are still many period government buildings there that look now like Washington did during the war.