Spielberg's Latest Gains A Title, Loses John Williams

– by LRM

The Untitled Steven Spielberg-Tom Hanks Spy Movie now has a title! It'll be called Bridge of Spies, and it was instantly a high-profile project due to the talent involved. You've got Spielberg, Hanks, and a script co-written by the Coen Brothers. It even had Spielberg's legendary composing collaborator John Williams attached. Sadly, with the good news of the film being christened with a title also came news that one of the aforementioned jewels in the film's crown is no longer in place.

Just two days ago, I wrote about Alexandre Desplat scoring Star Wars: Rogue One, and in that piece, I brought up that there's only so much that could be asked of the legendary Williams- who's 83 and has been in semi-retirement. Due to an undisclosed minor health issue, Williams has bowed out of Bridge of Spies. Taking his place, though, will be someone who's no slouch at all: Thomas Newman. 

Here's the official press release, covering both topics and shedding some light on what we can expect from the film:

DreamWorks Pictures’/Fox 2000 Pictures’ upcoming dramatic thriller directed by three-time Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Schindler’s List”) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia”), has been titled “Bridge of Spies.” In addition, 12-time Oscar® nominee Thomas Newman (“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Saving Mr. Banks”) has been signed to score the film, as John Williams’ schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected. 
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, “Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life. The film will be released in theaters nationwide on October 16, 2015.
Williams, whose credits include “Stars Wars: The Force Awakens” and the “Harry Potter” films, will join Spielberg on his next film, “The BFG,” beginning later this year, continuing their unprecedented collaboration which they have enjoyed for over 40 years. 
Newman has scored many films for DreamWorks, including "The Help,” “Road to Perdition" and "American Beauty,” the latter two for which he received Academy Award® nominations for Best Original Score.
“Bridge of Spies” also stars three-time Tony Award® winner Mark Rylance (“Twelfth Night,” “Jerusalem,” “Boeing Boeing”) as Rudolf Abel, a KGB agent defended by Donovan; Scott Shepherd (“Side Effects”) as CIA operative Hoffman; Academy Award® nominee Amy Ryan (“Birdman,” “Gone Baby Gone”) as James’ wife, Mary; Sebastian Koch (“A Good Day to Die Hard”) as East German lawyer Vogel; and Academy Award nominee Alan Alda (“M*A*S*H,” “The Aviator”) as Thomas Watters, a partner at Donovan’s law firm.

SOURCE: Dreamworks

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