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 Picturesâ€™/Fox 2000 Picturesâ€™ upcoming dramatic thriller directed by three-time Academy AwardÂ®-winning director Steven Spielberg (â€œSaving Private Ryan,â€ â€œSchindlerâ€™s Listâ€) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (â€œForrest Gump,â€ â€œPhiladelphiaâ€), has been titled â€œBridge of Spies.â€ In addition, 12-time OscarÂ® nominee Thomas Newman (â€œThe Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,â€ â€œSaving Mr. Banksâ€) has been signed to score the film, as John Williamsâ€™ 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, â€œBridge of Spiesâ€ 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 Donovanâ€™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 â€œStars Wars: The Force Awakensâ€ and the â€œHarry Potterâ€ films, will join Spielberg on his next film, â€œThe BFG,â€ 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,â€ â€œRoad to Perdition” and “American Beauty,â€ the latter two for which he received Academy AwardÂ® nominations for Best Original Score.
â€œBridge of Spiesâ€ also stars three-time Tony AwardÂ® winner Mark Rylance (â€œTwelfth Night,â€ â€œJerusalem,â€ â€œBoeing Boeingâ€) as Rudolf Abel, a KGB agent defended by Donovan; Scott Shepherd (â€œSide Effectsâ€) as CIA operative Hoffman; Academy AwardÂ® nominee Amy Ryan (â€œBirdman,â€ â€œGone Baby Goneâ€) as Jamesâ€™ wife, Mary; Sebastian Koch (â€œA Good Day to Die Hardâ€) as East German lawyer Vogel; and Academy Award nominee Alan Alda (â€œM*A*S*H,â€ â€œThe Aviatorâ€) as Thomas Watters, a partner at Donovanâ€™s law firm.