Steven Spielberg’s UNTITLED COLD WAR SPY THRILLER Set for 2015 and THE BFG Lands a 2016 Release Date

     June 16, 2014


It’s been nearly two years since the release of Lincoln, but Steven Spielberg has already firmed up his next two projects, which will essentially shoot back-to-back.  We previously reported that Spielberg had signed on to helm an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book The BFG with production poised to begin in early 2015, but it was noted that the filmmaker was looking to possibly shoot a smaller-scale film first.  That project firmed up as an untitled Cold War thriller that will see Tom Hanks playing an American attorney who slips under the Iron Curtain in order to negotiate the release of a captured U-2 spy plane pilot.

With these two DreamWorks projects set as Spielberg’s next films, release dates have now been firmed up.  The untitled spy thriller will open in theaters on October 16, 2015, while The BFG is slated for release on July 1, 2016.  Hit the jump for more on both films and what competition they’ll face at the box office.

steven-spielberg-the-bfgSpielberg’s next film, the Cold War thriller, is already coming together quite nicely.  Joel and Ethan Coen penned the most recent draft of the screenplay, Marc Platt (Drive) is producing, and stage actor Mark Rylance just joined the cast.  The official logline is as follows:

The true story of James Donovan, an attorney who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.

The October 16, 2015 date is a prime launching pad for awards fare, no doubt putting Spielberg, Hanks, etc. in the 2016 Oscar race.  At the box office, the pic will be squaring off directly with Guillermo del Toro’s first “adult” film in the English language, a gothic horror romance drama called Crimson Peak that stars Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, and Mia Wasikowska.

As for The BFG, the Dahl book tells the story of a nice giant who befriends a young orphaned girl, and Spielberg reunites with E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison on the project with Frank Marshall producing.  It will see Spielberg heading back into family film territory for the first time since 2011’s animated feature The Adventures of Tintin.  The official logline is as follows:

A young girl, the Queen of England and a benevolent giant known as the BFG, set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world.

The pre-Independence Day weekend of July 1, 2016 is pure blockbuster territory, as The BFG will open opposite the sci-fi sequel Independence Day 2, director David Yates’ (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) live-action Tarzan with Alexander Skarsgard, and Sony’s animated Angry Birds movie.   Tough competition indeed, but DreamWorks appears to be feeling rather confident about The BFG‘s chances.


  • axalon

    But…Robopocalypse :(

  • rp

    Big Fucking Gun?

  • The Flobbit

    I am liking the sound of another Tom Hanks/Spielberg drama with a strong screenplay and a good cast, but I have zero interest in seeing another kids movie from Spielberg, especially one called The BFG.

  • Ridge

    The Cold War thriller sounds great but the other one sounds like meh….anyway I’m still waiting for another Adventure/Sci-Fi film from Spielberg…

  • tarek

    Stop making stinkers Steven ( Crystal skull, Lincoln, War Horse)

    Where is the magic Steven ?

    • GrimReaper07

      Lincoln was far from being a stinker. IMO it was the best movie of the year and I’m not even american.

      • tarek

        when you can’t watch a movie on a long-haul flight, it’s a stinker.

      • GrimReaper07

        That’s the weirdest form of evaluating a movie’s value. I never watch movies I actually have interest in in planes cause its a terrible way of watching them.

      • tarek

        you didn’t get the point.
        If I want to enjoy a movie, I’ll watch it on my home cinema in all its HD glory.
        The point is, when you are stranded in a plane for over 8 hours, you will watch “anything” to get through realm of boredom.
        But when you can’t, then it is something worth the hall of Stink.

      • GrimReaper07

        Agree to disagree then. I’d say it might rank among his top 10 films for me, which is no small feat (it’d probably be at number 10 but still).

      • MJ

        Yea, it’s one of Spielberg’s greatest achievements, and his best movie in years.

      • GrimReaper07

        I love the Spielberg/Kushner pairing. Lincoln and Munich are two of my favorite Spielberg films (Munich in particular one of my favorite movies of all time).

    • MJ

      Lincoln is one of the best movies I have seen in the last couple of years.

  • MJ


  • Oliver Queen

    With four films coming out on July 1st 2016 (Tarzan, ID2, BFC, Angry Birds) and if i had a choice to only see ONE, definitely seeing Tarzan on that weekend. That being said all of these sound promising (except Angry Birds… just why?).

  • Bob

    Really wish Roboapocalypse was coming. Hemsworth and Hathaway were two damn good leads to.

    The first film is some serious Oscar bait.

  • NorCalJ

    Always enjoy when Spielberg does a one-two genre punch. Jurassic/ Schindler’s War of the Worlds/ Munich War Horse/ TinTin. Proves to me he is still one of the best directors in Hollywood today. Really excited for both films. The Spy film could put Spielberg back in the Munich Territory ( one of his most-underrated and better films IMO) Also Spielberg is known for taking the general idea of the story but making it his own so THE BFG could be really interesting, taking Spielberg back to the Hook/Goonies/ET days.

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  • tarek

    Nothing ? First there is YOU.
    That’s enough to rot anything brah.