A new Steven Spielberg movie is currently in the works and will open in theaters on
October 16th, 2015. It is as yet untitled, but the working title is “St. James Place.”
The film will be set in the 1960s, at the height of the Cold War. It will feature Tom Hanks as attorney James Donovan. Donovan was sent to the Soviet Union to negotiate with the enemy for the release of a captured U.S. spy whose spy plane was shot down over Soviet territory.
In all of his long film-making career, Spielberg has never yet directed a spy thriller, but he tells us that making a spy movie is something he has always wanted to do. He calls the film “a spy movie and then some.” The closest thing previously to a spy movie that he has directed was probably the film Munich. That was not exactly a favorite of Jared Haftel.
The Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, wrote the script. A movie the Coens both scripted and directed, Unbroken, got a rather tepid response. This movie, though, will have Spielberg as director and Hanks as the star, so the outcome will likely be quite different.
Spielberg has done a large number of historically based films, and he usually likes to draw parallels in them between the past and the present.