First Image from Steven Spielberg’s Untitled Cold War Drama Reveals His Fourth Collaboration with Tom Hanks

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The first images from director Steven Spielberg’s next film have been released online.  The still-untitled drama tells the true story of James Donovan, a lawyer working on behalf of the CIA to secretly negotiate the release of a U.S. pilot shot down over Soviet airspace in 1960.  Tom Hanks fills the role of Donovan in the picture, which boasts a screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen.  Speaking with EW, Spielberg revealed what appealed to him about the project: “I’ve always wanted to make a spy movie, and this is that and then some.”  A Cold War spy thriller from director Steven Spielberg?  That’s definitely something to look forward to.

Check out the first images from Spielberg’s untitled film after the jump.  Once he completes post-production on the project, he moves directly into shooting his next directorial effort, The BFG.  The untitled Cold War thriller also stars Amy Ryan, Mark Rylance, and Alan Alda and opens in theaters October 16, 2015.

KONG: SKULL ISLAND Adds J.K. Simmons; Steven Spielberg’s THE BFG Finds Its Lead In Newcomer Ruby Barnhill; David Oyelowo Moves Into AMERICANAH

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We’ve got three new casting stories worthy of your attention. In short:

  • J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) will now appear alongside Tom Hiddleston in director Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ recently retitled Kong: Skull Island.
  • Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming Roald Dahl adaptation The BFG has cast newcomer Ruby Barnhill in the lead role.
  • David Oyelowo (Selma) will join Lupita Nyong’o in Americanah for Brad Pitt‘s production company Plan B.

Hit the jump for more details on this casting news.

Daniel H. Wilson Offers Update on ROBOPOCALYPSE

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Nearly two years ago, Steven Spielberg was putting together the pieces for his next film, Robopocalypse.  The adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson sci-fi novel of the same name was to return the director to a large-scale tentpole-type picture, telling the story of a future where an artificial intelligence comes online and threatens a, well, robot apocalypse.  Chris Hemsworth was set as the lead, Anne Hathaway and Ben Whishaw were poised to co-star, Drew Goddard was writing the screenplay, and filming was set to begin in Spring 2013 until suddenly it all came to a halt.  Spielberg decided to postpone the film indefinitely after coming up with “a better way to tell the story” that would necessitate heavy reworking of the screenplay.

The filmmaker went on to flirt with American Sniper before committing to shooting two new films back-to-back (he’s filming the first one right now), so whatever happened to Robopocalypse?  Wilson recently offered a bit of an update on the project, saying it remains “in the queue”.  More after the jump.

Mark Rylance to Lead Steven Spielberg’s THE BFG

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Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is currently in production on his latest directorial feature, an untitled Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks, but he’s concurrently prepping his next directorial effort, The BFG.  Spielberg committed to shooting the Cold War thriller and The BFG back-to-back, and he is scheduled to begin filming the Roald Dahl adaptation in early 2015.  As such, Spielberg is starting to put together his cast for the family adventure, and the first addition has been announced: Mark RylanceVariety reports that the Tony Award-winning English actor will be filling the titular role of the Big Friendly Giant, though it’s unclear if his portrayal will involve prosthetics, motion-capture, or a mixture of the two.  More on The BFG movie after the jump.

Filming Begins on Steven Spielberg’s Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller Starring Tom Hanks

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DreamWorks and Disney have announced that principal photography has commenced on Steven Spielberg‘s untitled Cold War spy thriller starring Tom Hanks.  As we previously reported, the film tells 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 film will also star Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, and Alan Alda, and will shoot on location in New York and Berlin.  Following Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, and The Terminal, this will mark Spielberg’s fourth film collaboration with Hanks, and hopefully it will be a fruitful one, especially since they’re working from a script by the Coen Brothers.  Hanks and Spielberg’s most recent collaboration was as executive producers on HBO’s miniseries The Pacific.

Hit the jump for the press release.  The untitled Cold War spy thriller is set to open on October 16, 2015.

Steven Spielberg Developing MINORITY REPORT TV Series with GODZILLA Writer

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Steven Spielberg is no stranger to the television landscape, but for one of his upcoming small screen projects it appears that he’s keen on mining one of his own properties.  Spielberg is developing a Minority Report TV series based on his Tom Cruise-fronted 2002 sci-fi thriller of the same name, per The Wrap.  As you well know, Minority Report was based on a Philip K. Dick short story that revolved around the PreCrime unit, which specialized in preventing crimes before they happened using a trio of “precogs” that could see the future.  Sounds like a pretty solid premise for a weekly TV series, no?  More after the jump.

WEST SIDE STORY Remake is Still on Steven Spielberg’s Mind

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Steven Spielberg is busy promoting The Hundred-Foot Journey, gearing up to shoot his Untitled Cold War Thriller with Tom Hanks and prepping for his adaptation of The BFG, but the guy’s still got West Side Story on the brain.  We first told you about Spielberg’s hope to make his own version of the 1961 classic back in March.  There was no writer attached and Spielberg merely expressed interest in the idea and nothing more, but when someone like Steven Spielberg says he wants to make a movie, especially when it’s a remake of an Academy Award winning musical, you’re not going to forget it.

Sure enough, while out talking about The Hundred-Foot Journey alongside Oprah Winfrey, Spielberg was asked if his interest in a West Side Story remake is still there.  Hit the jump to find out what he said.

Manish Dayal Talks THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, Meeting Spielberg, His Real-Life Culinary Skills, Working with Helen Mirren, and More

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Manish Dayal weaves intoxicating magic between two cultures as Hassam Kadam, a young culinary genius who embarks on a life-altering journey that transforms him into a world-class chef in Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred-Foot Journey.  When his restaurateur family leaves their native India and settles in a quaint village in the south of France, they open a boisterous Indian curry house directly across the street from the chic, Michelin-starred French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).  As cultures, personalities, and culinary styles collide, everyone discovers they share much more in common than they first realized.  Opening August 8th, the film also stars Om Puri and Charlotte Le Bon.

At the Los Angeles press day for the film, Dayal revealed his real life culinary skills, what he learned about the art of cooking and cuisine in France versus India while preparing for the part, the huge role food plays in his culture and in bringing cultures together, what appealed to him about the script’s treatment of the immigrant’s journey, the similarities between Puri’s character and his own father, his most memorable moment with Mirren who introduced him to frog legs, meeting producer Steven Spielberg and geeking out with him over Jurassic Park, Hallström’s bold imagination, and the importance of embracing life’s uncertainties.  Hit the jump check out our Manish Dayal interview for The Hundred-Foot Journey.  Disney releases the film on August 8th.

Matthew McConaughey May Be THE COMPANY MAN; Four More for Spielberg & Hank’s UNTITLED COLD WAR THRILLER; Naomi Watts Joins DEMOLITION

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A few casting items crept up in today’s second half.  In short:

  • Mathew McConaughey is said to be in talks to join The Company Man.  The former Black List script is currently looking for a director.
  • Amy Ryan, Eve Hewson, Alan Alda and Billy Magnussen look to be joining Steven Spielberg’s Untitled Cold War Thriller starring Tom Hanks.
  • Speaking of talks, Naomi Watts is apparently in them to join Jake Gyllenhaal in Demolition, the new picture from Dallas Buyers Club-director Jean-Marc Vallée.

Hit the jump for more on each announcement.

THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY Featurette: Producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey Discuss Fusing Two Opposite Cultures

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DreamWorks has released a new The Hundred-Foot Journey featurette for director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel of the same name.  The story centers the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef (Helen Mirren) reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy (Manish Dayal) whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant.  Based on the trailer, the pic looks to be a nice, international story in the vein of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with a bounty of food porn to boot—and I’m perfectly fine with that.  Not everything needs to be deadly serious or colorfully explosive, and as producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey explain in this featurette, the film also touches on the great gaps that surface between cultures and how there’s more that unites us than divides us.

Hit the jump to watch the Hundred-Foot Journey featurette, which is anchored by Spielberg and Winfrey discussing the pic.  The film also stars Om Puri and Charlotte Le Bon and opens on August 8th.

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

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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.

Mark Rylance Joins Spielberg’s Cold War Thriller; Dave Franco Joins THE ROOM Movie; Marion Cotillard in MAL DE PIERRES; Duo Set for INSURGENT

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We have a few casting stories to attend to this evening.  Briefly:

  • Stage actor Mark Rylance is the second actor to join the cast of Steven Spielberg’s next film, a Cold War thriller fronted by Tom Hanks.
  • Dave Franco is set to star opposite his brother James Franco in the film about the making of The Room, titled The Disaster Artist.
  • Marion Cotillard will lead the period romance Mal de Pierres.
  • The roles of Uriah and Lynn have been filled for the sequel The Divergent Series: Insurgent.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

Steven Spielberg Wants Bryan Cranston to Bring ALL THE WAY to TV with a Miniseries [Updated]

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Fresh off a Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play in All the Way, actor Bryan Cranston may be bringing his buzzworthy performance as President Lyndon B. Johnson to the small screen.  Deadline reports that Steven Spielberg is in the process of optioning the stage play for a miniseries adaptation through his Amblin banner, and he wants Cranston to reprise the lead role.  Cranston has been drawing raves on the stage for his performance as LBJ in a story that spans the first year of Johnson’s administration, and it appears that Spielberg sees great potential in bringing the story to a wider television audience.  More after the jump.

[Update: Deadline reports that the deal indeed came through, as HBO Films will produce a feature film adaptation of All the Way for HBO with Cranston reprising the lead role.  Robert Schenkkan will write the screenplay, while Steven Spielberg will executive produce.]

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

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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.

HALO 5: GUARDIANS and Steven Spielberg’s HALO TV Series Set for Fall 2015

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Halo is one of the biggest video game franchises around, and now that the Xbox One is finding its way into more and more homes (and you no longer have to buy one that watches you sleep), there will eventually be enough of a base to make Halo 5 a smash hit.  Today, Microsoft announced that the fifth Halo game, entitled Halo 5: Guardians, will be released fall 2015.  In a statement from Bonnie Ross, the General Manager of 343 Industries (the studio behind Halo 5) the upcoming sequel will run “at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a decade.”  Just think how crisp and clear tea-bagging your opponent’s corpse will be.  It will bring a tear to your eye.

Hit the jump for more Halo 5 details on Steven Spielberg‘s Halo TV series, which is also set for fall 2015.

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