John Williams to Score Spielberg's Cold War Drama 'Bridge of Spies'
by Ethan Anderton
March 3, 2015
Up until now, the latest project reuniting director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks has just been called a Cold War thriller, with St. James Place being tossed around as a working title. But now word comes from an interview with producer arc Platt by way of The Daily Pennsylvanian (via SlashFilm) that the film is called Bridge of Spies. If anyone would know the title, it would be the film's producer, so there you have it. The title is said to refer to a real bridge linking outer West Berlin to Potsdam. It was given that name in the 1960s as American and Soviet intelligence organizations performed prisoner exchanges on its expanse.
For those who don't know, the film follows James Donovan, an attorney who negotiated the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers, who was held and interrogated by the KGB and imprisoned for espionage after being shot down for flying over Soviet airspace in 1960. Tom Hanks leads the film with a cast that also includes Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda and Eve Hewson, all bringing to life a script by Matt Charman, with rewrites by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.
In addition, the John Williams fansite JWFN.com has confirmed that the iconic composer who has worked with Steven Spielberg 26 times previously will return to score this new drama as well. Spielberg and Williams collaborating previously has resulted in some of the most iconic themes in cinema's history, including Jaws and Indiana Jones, but even the lesser known compositions have still be acclaimed and amazing pieces of musical work. Disney is slated to release the film through their Touchstone Pictures banners on October 16th, 2015, so stay tuned to find out when we might see the first trailer. Good?