Steven Spielberg hasn’t directed a movie since Lincoln, and though the man still keeps busy (just check out his IMDb page if you don’t believe me), it seems that he’s finally gearing up to choose his next project. We wrote last week about how he just lined up The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara as a film he’ll tackle once that screenplay is finished, and in that report, there were rumors that he had narrowed down his choices to Robopocalypse and Montezuma as far as which one he’d direct next. Well, now we can throw one more movie in the mix, as The Wrap reports that Tom Hanks is attached to star in an untitled Cold War thriller that Spielberg is developing to direct.
Hanks will play James Donovan, “a prominent American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to slip behind the Iron Curtain and negotiate the release of Gary Powers, a pilot captured when his U-2 spy plane was shot down over Russia.” May we suggest Saving Private Powers as a title? Spielberg hasn’t committed to this as being his next gig, but the possibility of reuniting with Hanks has to be pretty enticing, considering the two have worked together on Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, and The Terminal, as well as “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific.”
Looking at their previous collaborations, it’s clear that these guys have a fondness for World War II, but it’s worth noting that they’re branching out to the Cold War now (should this deal come together). If they feel like they’ve done all they can do with WWII stories, I certainly wouldn’t blame them: they essentially redefined the war film for the modern age with Private Ryan, and “Band of Brothers” stands as the most impressive piece of war-related entertainment I’ve personally ever seen. I wasn’t crazy about Saving Mr. Banks, but Hanks has done some excellent work over the past few years with Cloud Atlas and Captain Phillips, so I’m excited to see him hopefully head further down that road of excellence by reuniting with Spielberg soon. Let’s hope this is the next project The Beard decides to direct…or, if he goes with something else first, at least let’s hope this one doesn’t sit in development for too long.
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