Disney has scheduled director Steve Spielberg‘s two upcoming films leaving no doubt where his loyalties lies — first up with the Untitled Cold War pic starring Tom Hanks as a CIA-hired attorney James Donovan who goes behind the Iron Curtain to negotiate the release of downed pilot Gary Powers whose U-2 plane was shot down behind enemy lines in the USSR; it’s based on a true story that happened back in the 1960s. The Coen brothers recently took over scripting duties from an original script by Matt Charman and Spielberg, Marc Platt, Krisie Macosko Krieger are producing (and Spielberg directing). That will open wide on October 16, 2015. Currently, the only pic scheduled on that date is Universal Pictures’ Crimson Peak, a ghost story from director Guillermo Del Toro and two weeks after London Has Fallen, Frankenstein and Robert Zemeckis’ untitled film. It’s a very good date to launch. Adam Somner and Daniel Lupi are exec producers.Following that, will be the Spielberg-directed children’s fantasy adventure The BFG. It’s a Melissa Mathison script adaptation of the Roald Dahl children’s book about a young girl who befriends a gentle giant knowns as the BFG and rises to the occasion when she hears that evil, man-eating giants are going to descend upon England. She, the Queen of England and the giant set out to thwart the giants. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall originally acquired rights to the book in 2011 via the DreamWorks banner. Spielberg and Marshall are producing with Kennedy, John Madden and Michael Siegel exec producing. That now gets a July 4th holiday date (specifically July 1) of 2016. That date gets a bit more complicated as currently the weekend is loaded up with Tarzan, Angry Birds and Independence Day 2. But if there is anything I know from years of reporting, is that these studios jockey and change dates on a constant basis. Both of these Spielberg projects were previously announced.
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