Coen Brothers to write James Donovan script for Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg Cold War drama

Joel and Ethan Coen have come onboard to pen a draft of the screenplay that tells the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who was thrust into the center of the Cold War when he negotiated with the KGB for the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers.

The THR reports that “The project, which was written by Matt Charman, was set up last year, but Hanks’ attachment gave it a major boost in April. The Coen brothers’ involvement only adds momentum to the thriller, which could be Spielberg’s next project, with an eye toward a September shoot in Europe.”

DreamWorks is still developing Robopocalypse with The Weinstein Company as well as Montezuma, which tackles the drama between Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes and the famous Aztec ruler.

Spielberg is already set to film the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book The BFG for DreamWorks, committing to an early 2015 start for the adaptation.

The Coen brothers won screenplay Oscars for No Country for Old Men and Fargo. But the pair also are known to take on screenplays that they will not direct as was the case with the Angelina Jolie-helmedUnbroken. Hanks worked with the Coen brothers on the 2004 crime thriller The Ladykillers.

If Spielberg does make this movie, it would mark the fourth feature-film partnership between the director and the actor. The two previously collaborated on Saving Private RyanThe Terminal and Catch Me If You Can. They also teamed to produce the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.

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