You can almost hear the Academy squirming with excitement.
Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are starring in a true story drama titled The Post, and Steven Spielberg is directing.
According to Deadline, Spielberg has signed on to direct Hanks and Streep in a film about the role the Washington Post played in bringing the Pentagon Papers to light in 1971.
It’s certainly a fascinating story. Post editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Kay Graham took on the US federal government over their right to publish a classified study about the Vietnam War commissioned by the Defense Department. The papers revealed that the US had secretly embarked on a dramatic escalation of troops and bombings in Vietnam during the war, which the study described as unwinnable. Various media outlets became embroiled in the whistle blowing, with New York Times and Boston Globe joining Washington Post in a battle against Attorney General John Mitchell and President Nixon. The media prevailed in an appeal to the Supreme Court under a ruling justified on First Amendment grounds.
If all goes well, The Post will find Hanks playing Bradlee, who was also played by Jason Robards in the ’77 classic All the President’s Men, and Streep will be playing Graham.
The film project comes from a spec script written by Liz Hannah. Former Sony Pictures Chair Amy Pascal acquired the script last year under her Pascal Pictures umbrella. Although the details are being worked out, it’s known that Fox and Amblin Entertainment will co-finance the picture, with Fox handling US distribution and Amblin working on international.
Spielberg is currently in post-production on Ready Player One, which is set for US release on March 30, 2018. Next up for Hanks is The Circle, co-starring Emma Watson. Meryl Streep will be playing a character named Topsy in Disney’s Emily Blunt-led musical feature Mary Poppins Returns.