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Spielberg’s Tom Hanks Cold War Drama & ‘The Bfg’ Get Release Dates

16 June 2014 3:01 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

We’re closing in on two years from when the last Steven Spielberg-directed movie (the Oscar-winner Lincoln) hit theaters. Since then, the filmmaker has been linked to a couple projects (Robopocalypse, Gods and Kings) that have since either been put on the back burner or fallen into development hell. Recently, the word’s been that Spielberg will next direct a currently-untitled Cold War drama, followed by a live-action movie based on Roald Dahl’s The Bfg; today, we can confirm the news, as these films now have official release dates.

Spielberg’s E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison was hired a few years ago to adapt The Bfg – Dahl’s book about the young orphan Sophie, who befriends the whimsical, dream-delivering, Big Friendly Giant, Bfg for ...

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Steven Spielberg's New Films Nab Release Dates

16 June 2014 12:20 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Given the sheer number of projects he has in development at any one time, we’ve found it best to wait for Steven Spielberg to commit to a film before anticipating it too much. Even then, that can be a false hope, as happened with Robopocalypse, which is still in limbo. Disney is much more confident, however, and has scheduled release dates for not one but two of Spielberg’s planned new movies, with his still untitled Cold War thriller due in 2015 and Roald Dahl adaptation The Bfg set for 2016.Tom Hanks is officially attached to the first film, which was originally scripted by Matt Charman but is currently undergoing a re-write by no lesser filmmakers than the Coen brothers. Based on a true story, it’ll find Hanks as James Donovan, a lawyer thrust into the frozen heart of the Cold War when the CIA dispatches him to Russia »

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Steven Spielberg's Next Two Films Find Release Dates

16 June 2014 11:52 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We already knew Joel and Ethan Coen were rewriting Steven Spielberg's upcoming Untitled Cold War Thriller, which is set to star Tom Hanks, but the film now has an official October 16, 2015 release date. Matt Charman penned the original draft of the screenplay, which will follow James Donovan (Hanks), the American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia two years earlier. Additionally, Spielberg will direct and adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Bfg with a screenplay written by Melissa Mathison (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial). The story centers on the title character, which is a not-so-ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of »

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Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg gets a release date

16 June 2014 10:26 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We’ve not heard from Steven Spielberg since 2012′s Lincoln and his adaptation of Robopocalypse has been put on indefinite hold, but we now know the release dates of his next two movies, including his live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved book The Bfg.

First up is Spielberg teaming up with Tom Hanks (Captain Philips) in an untitled Cold War thriller based on the real-life story of James Donovan, who was sent on a next-to-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot by the CIA. It may not have a title, but it will hit cinemas on October 16th 2015.

After that, Spielberg will be helming the live-action version of The Bfg, which is set for release on July 1st 2016, tells the fantastical story of a Big Friendly Giant who befriends a young orphan girl. Dreamworks acquired the rights to the book in 2011 with Kathleen Kenedy »

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Spielberg's Next Two Movies Scheduled for 2015 & 2016 Openings

16 June 2014 9:39 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Briefly: It looks like we have official release dates for the next two Steven Spielberg-directed movies. In the last year, we've been covering news on Spielberg projects that have come about since Robopocalypse was delayed. A few months ago it was announced Spielberg was attached to an adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Bfg (seen above), a family friendly story about a little girl who leads a friendly giant and the Queen of England on a journey to stop man-eating giants from gobbling children. Thanks to @ERCboxoffice, that one has been scheduled for release July 1st, 2016 two years away. In addition, the Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks that Spielberg is also attached to has been given a release date - October 16th, 2015. Read on. Up first, the currently untitled Cold War thriller tells the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who negotiated the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers, »

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Tom Hanks-Steven Spielberg Cold War Thriller Set for Oct. 16, 2015

16 June 2014 9:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

DreamWorks and Disney have dated the untitled Tom Hanks-Steven Spielberg Cold War spy thriller for Oct. 16, 2015.

The studios have also set Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book “The Bfg” for July 1, 2016.

Joel and Ethan Coen came on board last month to write the script for the Cold War project, which Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce with Spielberg. The Coen Brothers, who won screenwriting Oscars for “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men,” are revising Matt Charman’s script.

The untitled project is based on the true story of James Donovan, who Hanks will portray. Donovan was the American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia two years earlier.

Variety reported that Hanks had come on board the project in mid-April. »

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Coen Brothers to Write Spielberg and Hanks' Cold War Thriller

21 May 2014 7:45 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The untitled cold war thriller that Steven Spielberg is looking to direct and Tom Hanks wants to star in just got a lot more interesting. According to THR, Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo, No Country for Old Men) have come on board to write the script.

The movie will tell the true story of James Donovan, "a prominent American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to slip behind the Iron Curtain to negotiate the release of a pilot captured when his U-2 spy plane was shot down over Russia."

Hanks will be playing Donovan, and I think it's a perfect part for him to take on. Hanks is one of my all time favorite actors. I grew up watching everything that he ever did, and I'll keep watching his stuff. The guy is just so damn talented. 

This is one of several projects that Spielberg is lining up to direct. »

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Coen Brothers writing Steven Spielberg’s Cold War Film

21 May 2014 2:42 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Steven Speilberg is a busy chap. A very busy chap indeed. That sounds like the start of some movie orientated nursery rhyme. Anyway, with Joel and Ethan Coen having been hired to write a new draft of a yet untitled Cold War story, the Jurassic Park director is now set to take on this movie next and following on from that, expect his ass in the director's chair of Roald Dahl’s The Bfg, amidst a plethora of other projects, including Robopocalypse (which has gone back to the rewrite chamber) This unnamed cold war thriller is based on a true story, following the tale of James Donovan an American lawyer who was enlisted by the CIA and negotiate the release of a U-2 spy plane bomber pilot that was shot down over Russia. The movie will see Tom Hanks reteam with Spielberg again (they previously worked on Saving Private Ryan, »

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The Coen Brothers Are Rewriting Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s Kgb Thriller

20 May 2014 8:19 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Well, this is interesting: According to THR, the Coen brothers have signed on to do a rewrite of Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's untitled Cold War thriller. The original script was written by Matt Charman and follows the true story of an attorney named James Donovan (Hanks) who negotiated with the Kgb to save the life of a downed spy plane pilot. While Spielberg has a few options for his next directorial venture — including Montezuma and Robopocalypse — this one may have just skyrocketed to the top of the list. »

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The Coen Brothers Will Write A Draft For Steven Spielberg’s Kgb Thriller With Tom Hanks

20 May 2014 7:23 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In news that should please any single person who has ever walked into a movie theater, Joel and Ethan Coen are on board to write a draft of an upcoming film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks. The draft will be for an untitled Cold War thriller that would star Hanks as James Donovan, an attorney who helped with the rescue of a downed fighter pilot during the 1960s. While initial reports said that British playwright Matt Charman (the upcoming adaptation of Suite Française) was writing the screenplay, the Coen brothers are reported to be working on a draft at the moment.

Spielberg has been circling a number of projects for a while, from the sci-fi adaptation of Robopocalypse to the fantasy adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Bfg. With the involvement of cinema’s most beloved writing and directing team, this Cold War project should gain some momentum. »

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Coen Brothers to Script Tom Hanks-Steven Spielberg’s Cold War Drama

20 May 2014 6:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

DreamWorks’ Cold War project — with Steven Spielberg directing and Tom Hanks starring — is heating up with Joel and Ethan Coen on board to write the script.

Marc Platt will produce with Spielberg. The Coen Brothers, who won screenwriting Oscars for “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men,” are revising Matt Charman’s script.

The untitled project is based on the true story of James Donovan, who Hanks will portray. Donovan was the American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia two years earlier.

Variety reported that Hanks had come on board the project in mid-April.

Spielberg is also considering directing the DreamWorks-Fox co-production “Robopocalypse” and the historical drama “Montezuma,” which Steve Zaillian is penning. Additionally, he’s committed to directing an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “The Bfg” for DreamWorks, »

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

20 May 2014 6:44 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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. THR reports that the Coens will turn in a draft for the untitled Cold War-era thriller set up at DreamWorks. »

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From E.T. 2 To Benjamin Button: 19 Projects Steven Spielberg Almost Directed

14 May 2014 9:49 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

As of this moment, Steven Spielberg's next two projects are an untitled Tom Hanks drama set in the Cold War, and his adaptation of Roald Dahl's book The Bfg. I prefaced that statement with "at this moment" because, as far back as I can remember, Mr. Spielberg has had a habit of attaching himself to projects, making some noise about their development, and either dropping them faster than a hot potato or letting them languish in development hell. It's this habit that's put us into an alternate universe where Spielberg's Robopocalypse, starring Chris Hemsworth, Anne Hathaway, and Ben Whishaw, isn't totally blowing our minds in its second month of release. That most recent example is only the tip of the career-spanning iceberg the legendary director has made out of abandoned projects. A list of 19 projects recently made its way to Empire, and each of them could have had »

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Steven Spielberg to Direct Adaptation of Roald Dahl's Bfg

27 April 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Steven Spielberg has been circling a lot of potential directing projects recently, but it looks like his next one will be a live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's book The Bfg.

The book was published in 1982, and the story follow a Big Friendly Giant who befriends a young orphan girl. The script for the film will be written by Melissa Mathison, who wrote the script for Spielberg's E.T., so this movie could have E.T. goodness potential.

Spielberg hasn't directed a movie since Lincoln in 2012, and since then he's been trying to decide what his next film project would be. Some of the other ones he has been looking at include The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara; a Cold War project with Tom Hanks attached to star; the sci-fi film Robopocalypse; and Montezuma, which tells the story of Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes and the famous Aztec ruler.

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Next Two Steven Spielberg Projects will be ‘The Bfg’ and Untitled Cold War Film

26 April 2014 5:20 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

So what happened with “Robopocalypse” and “Montezuma?”

TheWrap is reported veteran director Steven Spielberg set aside those two projects for an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel “The Bfg” and an untitled Cold War film with Tom Hanks attached.

A DreamWorks rep said the Cold War thriller is the next project to be shot in the fall. It is likely he will shoot “The Bfg” after the Cold War film in 2015.

Hanks will play James Donovan, an attorney recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to negotiate the release of Gary Powers, a captured U-2 spy plane pilot that was shot down over the Soviet Union. The article also mentioned Hanks cleared his fall schedule to shoot this movie.

This will be the fourth collaboration between Hanks and Spielberg after “Saving Private Ryan, “Catch Me If You Can,” and “The Terminal.”

Matt Charman wrote the screenplay with Marc Platt producing the film. »

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Spielberg to Direct 'The Bfg' But After Tom Hanks' Cold War Drama

26 April 2014 9:42 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

It's been a busy week for news regarding the next directorial effort of iconic filmmaker Steven Spielberg. The return of Robopocalypse, an adaptation of The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, the historical epic Montezuma and a Cold War drama with Tom Hanks have all been mentioned as potential new projects. Now Variety adds one more to the mix as Spielberg has now attached himself to DreamWorks' adaptation of Roald Dahl's book The Bfg, a family friendly story about a little girl who leads a big, friendly giant and the Queen of England on a journey to stop the fiercer man-eating giants from gobbling children. More below! Looks like Spielberg wants to venture into children's stories, just like Martin Scorsese did with Hugo. The project has been sitting dormant at DreamWorks since the studio picked up the property in 2010 and now it will come to life with a script from Spielberg »

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Steven Spielberg to Direct Roald Dahl Adaptation ‘The Bfg’ for 2016 Release

26 April 2014 6:54 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is famous for his block-busting, but he’s made a habit of shooting prestigious dramas back-to-back with crowd-pleasing tentpoles; beginning with Schindler’s List and Jurassic Park in 1993, Spielberg did it again as recently as 2011, with War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin. While the director has been circling a handful of high-minded historical motion pictures of late, these past couple weeks it’s seemed as though his next trick would be to move ahead with production on his delayed apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, fittingly titled Robopocalypse.

However, in a surprise twist, the news has now emerged that Spielberg’s next big-budget venture will be a live-action adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel ...

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Steven Spielberg to adapt Roald Dahl’s The Bfg

26 April 2014 1:02 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having been linked to numerous projects lately including the delayed Robopocalypse, the historical drama Montezuma, a remake of West Side Story and religious drama The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, and an as-yet-untitled Cold War thriller which will reunite him with Tom Hanks, it seems that Steven Spielberg has now added another project to his upcoming slate.

According to Variety, Spielberg is set to helm an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s tale The Bfg. Spielberg has picked up the project after John Madden left the director’s chair to concentrate on a sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and will shoot the film in the first quarter of 2015 once Melissa Mathison (E.T.) completes the script.

The Bfg has enchanted families and their children for more than three decades. We are honored that the Roald Dahl estate has entrusted us with this classic story,” said Spielberg, who is »

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Steven Spielberg Will Direct An Adaptation Of Roald Dahl’s The Bfg, But Untitled Tom Hanks Cold War Thriller Comes First

25 April 2014 7:15 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Living legend Steven Spielberg has unexpectedly dominated headlines over the past few weeks whilst mulling options for his next directorial gig. For a while, it seemed certain that he would be moving into production on the sci-fi war epic Robopocalypse (based on the bestseller by Daniel H. Wilson), but now news is emerging that the director will be helming not one but two projects before that: an untitled Cold War thriller, and an adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel The Bfg.

We already knew that Spielberg was eying the former, which stars Tom Hanks as an American attorney who is sent into Russia by the CIA to negotiate the release of a captured spy plane pilot. Now we’re hearing that Spielberg is likely to direct this project before any others. Production should begin in September, with DreamWorks eying an awards-friendly release date in the fall of 2015.

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Steven Spielberg directing Roald Dahl's 'The Bfg' film

25 April 2014 6:58 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

This is a Bfd: Steven Spielberg is directing a big-screen version of Roald Dahl’s children’s novel The Bfg.

The filmmaker is joining forces with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial screenwriter Melissa Mathison for the first time in more than 32 years to bring to life Dahl’s story of children-gobbling giants and the little girl who tries to stop them.

The Bfg of the title refers to a “Big, Friendly Giant,” who joins forces with the little girl to stop his monstrous brethren. Also taking part in their quest: none other than the queen of England.

Dahl, author of James and the Giant Peach »

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