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

     May 20, 2014

coen-brothers-steven-spielberg-tom-hanks-movie

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.

Around The Web

Latest News

Friday Box Office: SAN ANDREAS Opens in First; ALOHA Gets Buried

Disaster pic ‘San Andreas’ claims first place on Friday with $18.2 million. And while not yet a disaster, Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’ looks a little shaky on opening day.

Kyle Newman Talks STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, CHEWIE and Taylor Swift

He discusses why he likes the prequel films more than most and why the upcoming anthology films shouldn't try to be "cooler than a Star Wars film."

Oscar Beat: Cannes 2015 Offers a Preview of Awards Race to Come

Michael Fassbender and Rooney Mara are just a couple of the potential 2016 Oscar nominees that got a swell showcase at the film festival. The McConaissance, however, is taking a year off.

Enter Our Giveaway and Win Free JURASSIC WORLD Toys

Raptor claws are within your grasp!

TOP 5: SAN ANDREAS, Rick Baker Retiring, POINT BLANK Remake Trailer

The latest on the 'It' remake, a batch of original features, and a reminder to watch 'Jack Reacher' also hold a place in this week's Top 5.

THE SHINING and GRAND BUDAPEST Mash up Perfectly in “The Grand Overlook Hotel”

Who knew Wes Anderson and Stanley Kubrick framed their shots so similarly?

Channing Tatum to Produce, Possibly Star in Former Lifetime Movie TWO KISSES FOR MADDY

The tear-jerker memoir revolves around a single father raising his daughter.

Watch: Four JURASSIC WORLD Journals Featuring Chris Pratt Being Chris Pratt

Pratt certainly steals the spotlight, but all four videos have loads of behind-the-scenes footage well worth checking out.

Disney Pulls the Plug on TRON 3

Disney has decided not to move forward on the 'Tron' sequel from director Joseph Kosinski.

ANT-MAN: Evangeline Lilly Announces Marvel’s Micro-Tech Challenge

Girls ages 14 to 18 can win a trip to the 'Ant-Man' premiere by building a project using micro-technology.

Page 1 of 3,97212345...102030...Last »