Coen Brothers to Pen Steven Spielberg War Thriller


It would seem that Cold War intrigue and KGB escapades are the new ‘in’ thing for Hollywood right now. With FX’s cold war drama The Americans and the 2011 Cold War espionage film Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy, it would seem that Cold War stories are making a resurgence in popular culture.

Jumping on the bandwagon are Joel and Ethan Coen, who have recently joined an as of yet untitled Steven Spielberg-Tom Hanks DreamWorks Cold War thriller. THR reports that the brothers have been brought on to write an early draft of the screenplay. The untitled movie would tell the true story of attorney James Donovan, who negotiated the release of U-2 plane pilot Gary Powers who was being held by the KGB.

The project has steadily been gaining attention in the film community, with Tom Hanks joining in April and with the recent Coen brothers’ development. There are rumours swirling about that the thriller will be Spielberg’s next major project, but the project is not without competition. Robopocalypse, a project attached with Fox, and Montezuma, a film about Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes and Montezuma, the Aztec ruler who was killed during Cortes conquest of Mexico, are also vying for Spielberg’s attention.

Spielberg is currently attached to direct the 2015 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG, which leaves a small window of time for Spielberg and the cold war thriller project.

– L.S.