Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ Untitled Cold War Thriller Now Titled ‘Bridge of Spies’
Steven Spielberg’s upcoming project, previously referred to as Untitled Cold War Thriller while filming under the name St. James Place, now has a formal title. The director’s fourth film with Tom Hanks is now called Bridge of Spies, which is rather appropriate given the subject matter. Also reuniting with Spielberg on the project is composer John Williams, marking his 27th collaboration with the director.
Producer Marc Platt casually confirmed the movie’s title in an interview with The Daily Pennsylvanian, in which he said, “I have a film directed by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks coming out called Bridge of Spies.” And just like that, the new Spielberg film has an official title. Williams will compose the score for Bridge of Spies, as confirmed by John Williams fan site JWFN.com.
The film portrays the very first prisoner exchange to occur on the real-life Bridge of Spies, with lawyer James Donovan (Hanks) attempting to successfully retrieve a pilot whose plane was shot down in Soviet territory.
The film’s title refers to an actual German bridge connecting the former West Berlin to Potsdam, which was held by East Berlin. The bridge was given that name during the ‘60s, when American and Soviet forces would often use it to exchange prisoners of war. Its real name was the Bridge of Unity, though it was later given the less expressive name Glienicke Bridge. Spielberg reportedly shot on location at the famed bridge, which has also been used in other film productions.