Coen Brothers to Pen Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ Untitled Cold War Thriller

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Well, now this is interesting.  Remember that Cold War-era thriller in development with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks attached?  Now it seems as if Joel and Ethan Coen will draft the screenplay.  That’s a lot of Oscar-winning talent right there, enough to land the project on an incredibly early awards watch long before it even has a title.  The picture aims to tell the true story of James Donovan, “an attorney who was thrust into the center of the Cold War when he negotiated with the KGB for the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers.”  Perhaps the news that the Coens are taking a crack at Matt Charman’s initial script will add enough heat to the project to make it Spielberg’s next directorial feature.  Hit the jump for more.

THR tom-hanks-coen-brothersreports that the Coens will turn in a draft for the untitled Cold War-era thriller set up at DreamWorks.  Spielberg was previously eyeing this picture as his next directorial effort, alongside projects like Robopocalypse, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, and Montezuma.  (He’s also currently attached to direct an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s story The BFG, but can fit another film in before production on that picture starts in early 2015.)  Then, it was announced that Hanks would be starring, which moved the thriller to the top of the list in many a journalist’s eyes.  After all, the director/actor duo have teamed up three times already for Saving Private RyanThe Terminal, and Catch Me If You Can, and they teamed up as producers for HBO’s Band of Brothers and The Pacific.  Production on the new war film looks to begin this September in Europe.

The Coens, meanwhile, count Best Writing Oscars for their 1996 film Fargo, and their 2007 picture, No Country for Old Men.  They might as well aim for another Oscar win in this decade, and what better people to team up with than three-time Oscar-winner Spielberg and two-time Oscar-winner Hanks?   Then again, they might already have that wrapped up since they wrote the screenplay for Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, due out Christmas Day this year.  *As a fun fact, Hanks previously starred in the writers-directors 2004 film, The Ladykillers; something tells me the untitled Cold War-era thriller will have a slightly different tone.




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  • Strong Enough

    I want a Spielberg popcorn blockbuster!!

    • Leo Spaceman

      Without the illogical Spielberg Sentimentality to end the film!!

    • Stefan Bonomo

      Check out The Adventures Of Tintin.

  • bidi

    have the Coens done straight drama? i’m trying to think of some examples and i feel like No Country and Blood Simple are probably their best examples, but they’re still very darkly comic. i was surprised when they signed on to write Unbroken, since that didn’t seem like the type of pic to lend itself to their signature style, but who knows. Spielberg has done this sort of thing before and so has Hanks. I feel like this will still have its fair share of funny moments

  • The Flobbit

    Add John Williams as score, and you’d have enough amount of Oscars to send a ring around the earth.

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  • Aquartertoseven

    I hate the Coens with a passion, they’re terrible film makers that make terrible films. I only remotely enjoyed Lebowski because of Goodman.

    • NathanArizona

      You state your opinion as a fact and that makes you an idiot. Just because you don’t like the Coen’s sensibilities does not make them terrible, it just makes them not for you. When I don’t like something, I move along…

      • Aquartertoseven

        Of course someone with your username would say that. Raising Arizona is my most recent experience of a Coen Brothers’ film, and wow, was it terrible. Dull, unfunny, just awful.

      • NathanArizona

        alright then

    • bydavidrosen

      what a weird opinion to have. it seems like you’d have to actively TRY to have that opinion.

      • Aquartertoseven

        What a strange thing to say, you know nothing about me and yet you presume something completely random. I don’t try to dislike anything, the Coens just always manage to make terrible films that are made to be hated.

      • bydavidrosen

        The only thing I know about you is you don’t like Coen Brothers films and I just think that’s weird. I’m sure you’re a nice guy. But in my 33 years on this planet I’ve met 2 kinds of people… People who like just crappy run of the mill movies (and tend to not read movie sites or even know the names of the people who write and direct the films)… And people who like Coen Brothers movies. Sure you might not like SOME of their movies… But not like ANY? That’s so weird to me.

      • Aquartertoseven

        They’re just really, really bad. Bad stories, dialogue, even worse humour, they’re just not good films. Ironically I think people that like Coen films are weird. How can you have such bad taste? To be that ignorant to such huge flaws?

      • bydavidrosen

        Haha I think we’re just gonna have to agree to disagree my friend.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Yeah, you keep on liking truly atrocious movies.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Yeah, you keep on liking truly atrocious movies.

    • paul h

      I wish I could see how many down votes this got…

    • paul h

      I wish I could see how many down votes this got…

      • Aquartertoseven

        There are a lot of people with no taste out there, so a few I don’t doubt.

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