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Steven Spielberg eyes upcoming Tom Hanks film, other projects

Steven Spielberg may direct a Tom Hanks thriller, along with a 19th-century religious drama and "West Side Story" remake.
Steven Spielberg may direct a Tom Hanks thriller, along with a 19th-century religious drama and "West Side Story" remake.Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images

Steven Spielberg’s massive list of films continues to grow as he eyes multiple developing projects. In addition to a film that has long been in the works, the famed director’s possible plans include a historical thriller, a religious film and a classic’s remake.

According to The Hollywood Reporter today, Spielberg may work on a yet untitled Cold War film with Tom Hanks, who has already committed to the project along with writer Matt Charman and producer Marc Platt. Based on a true story, the plot spotlights attorney James Donovan, who vies to release a downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers. Hanks and Spielberg had teamed up for the films “Saving Private Ryan,” “The Terminal” and “Catch Me If You Can” and for HBO’s “Band of Brothers.”

Additionally, the former CSULB student may work on a religious period project based on the David Kertzer novel “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,” THR writes. Dreamworks and The Weinstein Co. signed on for the film, and Tony Kushner – who teamed up with Spielberg for “Lincoln” and “Munich” – will write the script. Kertzer penned the story about a 19th-century Jewish boy who is taken from his home and raised to become an Augustinian Catholic priest.

Another possible project for Spielberg involves a classic. First Showing reports that the he is interested in working on a remake of the musical “West Side Story” with Fox, though it is still in the development stages and no writer has yet been hired.

Spielberg has not yet committed to these projects, as his plate already consists of redoing the science fiction film “Robopocalypse,” which was to star Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway and release on April 14. Spielberg told Entertainment Weekly last year that the latter film’s development was scrapped due to cost, but it will restart based on his “more economic” outlook and once a new script is written.