Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg to tackle to Cold War spy plane saga

Director Steve Spielberg and Tom Hank on the set of  Saving Private Ryan

Director Steve Spielberg and Tom Hank on the set of Saving Private Ryan

Now this has got my attention. As a avid consumer of 1960s Cold War paraphernalia, my ears pricked up when I read this Guardian news story that Spielberg and frequent collaborator Tom Hanks are set to work together for the fourth time. Hanks has just signed up for a cold war spy flick that Spielberg is planning to direct.

According to Variety, the film will be set against the backdrop of the U2 incident in 1960, when the US high-altitude spy plane was shot down over Soviet Russia and its pilot, Gary Powers, was captured. Hanks is due to play James Donovan, a lawyer sent by the CIA to negotiate with the USSR for Powers' release.


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