Mar 4, 2015
Steven Spielberg's Spy Movie Gets a Title
/film (via Dark Horizons), Steven Spielberg's forthcoming Cold War spy movie starring Tom Hanks finally has a title. The project, which went all the way through shooting as "Untitled Cold War Spy Movie" or sometimes the code name "St. James Place," will apparently be called The Bridge of Spies. As far as I know, though, the film isn't based on Giles Whittel's 2010 nonfiction book of that name, though the book covers some of the same people and events as the fact-based film. Spielberg's Bridge of Spies tells the story of CIA lawyer James Donovan (Hanks), who is sent behind the Iron Curtain to negotiate the release of captured U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, whose spy plane was shot down in 1960 over Russia. Donovan's efforts led to a famous spy swap in 1962 on the titular bridge, which served that function on multiple occasions owing to its strategic location spanning from West Berlin to Potsdam in East Germany. These events and locations certainly have all the makings of a first class spy movie. Spielberg directs from a script by the Matt Charman (Black Work) and the Coen Brothers (Burn After Reading), and the director's regular collaborator John Williams has been confirmed to score. The impressive cast includes Alan Alda (The Blacklist), Amy Ryan (Green Zone), Mark Rylance (The Gunman) and Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others). Bridge of Spies is set to open this fall.