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.