The new Steven Spielberg film is untitled no longer. The filmmaker wrapped production on his “untitled Cold War thriller” a few months ago, and while the movie is set for release later this year, it still had yet to receive an official title. That’s not the case anymore, as producer Marc Platt revealed in an interview with The Daily Pennsylvanian that the picture is now called Bridge of Spies.
Scripted by Joel and Ethan Coen, the drama stars Tom Hanks and tells the true story of James Donovan, a lawyer who worked on behalf of the CIA to secretly negotiate the release of a U.S. pilot shot down over Soviet airspace in 1960. The film’s new title refers to a real-life bridge that links the outer bounds of former West Berlin to Potsdam, which was under the control of East Germany. It was this bridge where the American and Soviets performed prisoner exchanges during the 1960s, hence the title of the film.
Additionally, but also obviously, JWFN.com (via /Film) has confirmed that John Williams is composing the score for Bridge of Spies. This will be Williams’ 27th collaboration with Spielberg, and in recent years the composer has chosen to almost exclusively work with his longtime collaborator save for a film or two here and there, like 2013’s The Book Thief and the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Bridge of Spies also stars Amy Ryan, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Austin Stowell, and Billy Magnussen. The film opens in theaters on October 16th.