ByMark Newton, writer at Creators.co
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Mark Newton

It's no secret that Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks love a good war. The pair have collaborated on various war stories, including Saving Private Ryan, Pacific and, of course, Band of Brothers. However, now the pair are reportedly developing a new war film which drops the temperature and introduces those other oft-seen bad guys, the Ruskies.

This news isn't entirely new, but today were learning that the pair are teaming up with another Oscar decorated duo. Variety is reporting that Joel and Ethan Coen have recently come on board to pen the script for a currently untitled [Cold War Thriller](movie:1402817).

The movie will be based on the true life story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks) an American attorney utilized by the CIA to secretly negotiate the return of Francis Gary Powers, a US pilot who was shot down over Russia in 1960 while on a U2 spy mission.

Apart from this outline, and the historical background to the event, little else is known about the movie.

The Francis Powers scandal is often noted as one of the occasions in which the Cold War could have heated up considerably. Although both the USA and USSR routinely attempted to covertly spy on the other, the USSR had yet to produce tangible proof to the wider world. The 1960 U2 incident provided this evidence, and led to a great deal of US embarrassment and a marked deterioration in relations - especially after the US attempted to deny and cover-up the aircraft's actual role.

Powers was sentenced to three years in prison and seven years of hard labor for espionage, but was released in 1962 during a prisoner exchange with Rudolf Abel - a Russian spy who was arrested by the FBI in 1957 and sentenced to 45 years in prison for similar crimes.

With a historic storyline, a pedigree cast and crew, and a rather topical theme, I can imagine this Cold War thriller could generate quite a bit of heat on its eventual release.

What do you think? Are you already excited for this project? Let us know below.

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Source: Variety


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