Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ Latest Collaboration Gets a Title, Composer

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In the past few years following 2012’s Lincoln, Steven Spielberg has been attached to a plethora of different projects as varied as American Sniper and Robopocalypse, though the legendary filmmaker hasn’t made a follow up to his Oscar-winning historical drama. Over the past few months, Spielberg has been collaborating once again with Tom Hanks for an untitled Cold War drama. Well, today the film has a title: Bridge of Spies. This film will mark the first time that Hanks and Spielberg have worked together since 2004’s The Terminal.

The synopsis for Bridge of Spies:

A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, “Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U 2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life. The film will be released in theaters nationwide on October 16, 2015.

But sadly, one frequent Spielberg collaborator won’t be working on Bridge of Spies. Legendary composer John Williams was slated to score the film but was forced to drop out “due to a minor health issue, now corrected.” Taking over for Williams is Thomas Newman, a veteran composer who has done the scores for Wall-E and Skyfall.

Bridge of Spies opens October 16th, 2015, and will likely be in the mix for awards season. And the film features a script by Matt Charman working with Joel and Ethan Coen (!). While the involvement of the Coen Brothers naturally brings a certain sense of excitement, their work as screenwriters on other projects is kind of dodgy, like their personality can’t survive another filmmaker’s meddling. Anyways, the pieces are in place for Bridge of Spies to be a resounding success and Spielberg really doesn’t screw these up too often.

 

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