Could we have three new Steven Spielberg movies by the time 2016 is done with? Though we sometimes have to wait more than a few years between Spielberg projects, when the legendary filmmaker makes up his mind, he usually does so in swift fashion. Case in point: after delaying Robopocalypse and then attaching himself and pulling out of helming American Sniper, Spielberg set up two new projects to shoot roughly back-to-back. He shot an untitled Cold War spy thriller starring Tom Hanks, written by The Coen Brothers, last fall, and while he’s currently in post-production on that film, he’s in pre-production on the Roald Dahl adaptation The BFG, which starts filming this spring/summer.
But according to a new report, Spielberg may be squeezing in yet another film this year. Baz Bamigboye of The Daily Mail (who has a fairly good track record) reports via The Playlist that Spielberg is set to direct Thank You For Your Service later this year. American Sniper scribe Jason Hall—with whom Spielberg worked when he was attached to that film—is penning the adaptation of the David Finkel non-fiction book, which focuses on veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD.
We actually first caught wind of Spielberg and Hall’s involvement with the film a couple of years ago, and at that time it was reported that the pic could mark a reunion between Spielberg and his Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis. I’m not entirely sure how Spielberg would fit this film in later this year after shooting the likely VFX-heavy The BFG, but he has a reputation for working quickly so it’s not entirely impossible.
This is actually a promising pairing, and I have to imagine that when Spielberg was working on American Sniper, he was interested in delving into some of these same topics, which would have given the Bradley Cooper-fronted film much more depth and dimension. No confirmation on this just yet, but we’ll keep you posted.