Steven Spielberg is planning to direct an adaptation of the Roald Dahl children’s book BFG for DreamWorks, however, his next directorial could likely be the untitled Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks. With both projects in active development, they could potentially be shot back-to-back, which has been Spielberg’s style in the past with such productions as Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List in 1993, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Amistad in 1997, War of the Worlds and Munich in 2005, and War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin in 2011. BFG is a project left over at DreamWorks from the days when Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall acquired the book in 2011. E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison wrote the script for BFG. Story follows a young girl Sophie who befriends a gentle giant. When she hears that the other evil giants are descending upon England, she enlists BFG’s help to thwart them. In the untitled Cold War feature, Hanks will play CIA-hired prominent attorney James Donovan, who slips behind the Iron Curtain to negotiate the release of Gary Powers, a pilot who is taken prisoner after his U-2 plane is shot down by the U.S.S.R. Matt Charman is penning the Cold War project and Marc Platt is producing.
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