Tom Hanks has become attached to star in an Untitled Cold War Thriller for DreamWorks, which Steven Spielberg may direct. The news comes just days after a report that indicated the filmmaker is considering the religious drama The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.
Matt Charman wrote the screenplay, based on the true story of American attorney James Donovan (Tom Hanks), who was recruited by the CIA to negotiate the release of pilot Gary Powers, after his U-2 spy plane was shot down over Russia in 1960. If Steven Spielberg does sign on to direct, it will be his fourth collaboration with Tom Hanks, following Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal. They also served as executive producers on HBO's World War II mini-series' Band of Brothers.
Marc Platt is producing alongside Steven Spielberg, although no production schedule was given. The director hasn't committed to his next project yet, after he backed out of American Sniper in August. Along with The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, the filmmaker is also considering Robopocalypse and Montezuma. Sources claim that, if he doesn't tackle the big-budget tentpole Robopocalypse next, which now has a finalized budget after the project was indefinitely delayed in January 2013, the prospect of reuniting with Tom Hanks is very appealing to the director, according to sources.