Bridge Of Spies has been one of the few adult-skewing fall movies to make a mark both with critics and at the boxoffice. Of course a lot of that might have to do with the combustible teaming again of director Steven Spielberg and star Tom Hanks. This true cold war story set in the late 50’s and early 60’s has Hanks as an insurance lawyer who suddenly is thrust into the center of world affairs when he is chosen to represent an accused Russian spy played brilliantly by Mark Rylance. At our big awards season all-day event , The Contenders Presented By Deadline, held at the DGA on November 7 I welcomed producers Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger to discuss details of how the film came together. In Hollywood terms that meant very fast , as Platt reveals it was exactly two years from the pitch (to Dreamworks) to the screen. The pair discuss Spielberg’s process, the casting, and how no less than Joel and Ethan Coen also became an important part of the puzzle to make this movie happen. Click on the link above to watch the video.
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