Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Steven Spielberg's Cold War thriller to hit theaters in 2015, 'The BFG' will debut in 2016

Steven Spielberg's last film was the political drama Lincoln, which was released in November 2012. Spielberg has been signed on to direct many projects over the course of the last year and a half. For a while, Robopocalypse was on the schedule for July 2013, but Spielberg has indefinitely postponed the project due to the fact that the special effects are too difficult with the technology these days. According to Wikipedia, Spielberg is also contemplating tons of other projects including The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara and a remake of West Side Story. However, it looks like he's finally locked down which ones he will direct first.

According to many sources, Spielberg will be directing a Cold War spy thriller next. That film will be released on October 16, 2015, just in time for Oscar season. The film will star Tom Hanks and will be scripted by Joel and Ethan Coen. The plot synopsis on IMDb says that the film will tell the story of an American lawyer who is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot in the Soviet Union. This sounds like a really interesting film and it is surely going to be an Oscar favorite.

After that, Spielberg will direct an adaptation of Roald Dahl's book The BFG, which stands for Big Friendly Giant. The BFG is still without a cast, but we do know that Melissa Mathison is writing the script. Mathison has worked on many Spielberg projects before and was a screenwriter on E.T. As of right now, The BFG will be released on July 1, 2016, where it will face off against Independence Day 2, Tarzan and Angry Birds. I guarantee you that one of those films will move. I read The BFG when I was younger and I enjoyed it. I don't see it as being a particularly good fit for Spielberg, nor do I really want to see a film adaptation of it, but I can see it being good. Spielberg rarely makes a bad movie.

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