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Coen Brothers set to write Steven Spielberg's Cold War thriller

05.20.2014

The KGB thriller we told you about that would have Steven Spielberg directing Tom Hanks again just got a lot more interesting. Joel and Ethan Coen have come onboard to write a draft of the screenplay. The thriller set during the Cold War would mark Hanks and Spielberg's fourth collaboration.

Here is the synopsis:

Based on the true story revolving around James Donovan (Hanks), 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.

The involvement of the Coen brothers gives the project even more prominence, not that it was needed. The movie is now in the lead to be Spielberg's next project with a September 2014 shoot in sight. Spielberg has a number of potential films on the go including an adaptation of Roald Dahl's THE BFG and MONTEZUMA. I'm all for Hanks and Spielberg re-teaming, who didn't love SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, and THE TERMINAL? These two always deliver. Also, Spielberg getting back to work on another thriller, bring it on! How awesome was MUNICH?

But dude, seriously...ROBOPOCALYPSE! We have all been waiting on the big-budget sci-fi spectacle for years now. We let you play around with stop-motion for THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN and we got back into the trenches with you for WAR HORSE, but we need ROBOPOCALYPSE now! What was I talking about again? Oh yes, the Cold War. Terrible thing that.

What is your favourite Hanks/Spielberg movie?

Extra Tidbit: Hanks worked with the Coen brothers on The Ladykillers. Meh.
Source: THR

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5:57PM on 05/21/2014
Awesome news... but I really wish I gave a fuck about the cold war, spys ,espionage , the CIA type stuff outside of a documentary.... just doesn't make interesting cinema to me.
Awesome news... but I really wish I gave a fuck about the cold war, spys ,espionage , the CIA type stuff outside of a documentary.... just doesn't make interesting cinema to me.
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5:09PM on 05/21/2014

Uh-oh.

When the Coens write a script for another director it doesn't always result in a good movie. Specially when they don't write the FULL script.
When the Coens write a script for another director it doesn't always result in a good movie. Specially when they don't write the FULL script.
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12:36PM on 05/21/2014
Not everyone is waiting for Robopocalypse. And if Spielberg is doing a movie with Hanks and Coen Bros, I would think that merit waiting a little longer.
Not everyone is waiting for Robopocalypse. And if Spielberg is doing a movie with Hanks and Coen Bros, I would think that merit waiting a little longer.
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9:28AM on 05/21/2014
Adventures of Tintin is not stop-motion, I think you meant motion capture.
Adventures of Tintin is not stop-motion, I think you meant motion capture.
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9:30AM on 05/21/2014
I am now imagining Tintin by way of Nick Parks. The mental image is glorious.
I am now imagining Tintin by way of Nick Parks. The mental image is glorious.
12:44AM on 05/21/2014
Spielberg directing, Hanks acting, and the Coen bros. writing....are you kidding me?! This movie will win so many awards.
Spielberg directing, Hanks acting, and the Coen bros. writing....are you kidding me?! This movie will win so many awards.
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11:33PM on 05/20/2014
Sounds like a dream team to me.
Sounds like a dream team to me.
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11:19PM on 05/20/2014
An unlikely but welcome and intriguing collaboration.
An unlikely but welcome and intriguing collaboration.
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10:34PM on 05/20/2014
Spielberg directing a coen brothers script starring Tom Hanks?! Should we already hold the 2015 oscars and give the awards to these guys now or just wait for the formality of it?!
Spielberg directing a coen brothers script starring Tom Hanks?! Should we already hold the 2015 oscars and give the awards to these guys now or just wait for the formality of it?!
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10:08PM on 05/20/2014
Wow.
Wow.
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