Director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks made a trio of films together in the late 1990s and early 2000s: Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, and The Terminal. The first two were major critical and commercial hits; the last one was not, and as is so often the case with a creative partnership in Hollywood, one flop was enough to end the Spielberg and Hanks team, at least temporarily. In the years since, the pair co-produced the HBO series Band Of Brothers and The Pacific, but it’s now been a decade since Hanks made a Steven Spielberg picture.
According to Variety, Spielberg’s Hanksless period may end soon, as the star has become attached to a Cold War spy thriller that Spielberg is considering as his next project. The plot synopsis:
“Hanks would star as James Donovan, a prominent American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to slip behind the iron curtain to negotiate the release of a pilot captured when his U-2 spy plane was shot down over Russia.”
Variety cautions that this is just one of “a handful of projects” that Spielberg is interested in pursuing—he has a notorious habit of developing a lot of material simultaneously and then picking the film he likes best—so this untitled reunion with Hanks is not a done deal. But if it does happen, it could be an interesting continuation of their previous films together, which have all addressed the issues of war, politics, and identities (of both the personal and national varieties) in various ways.