Spielberg has transformed Dumbo into old NY for his Tom Hanks Cold War pic | Gothamist

An untitled Cold War spy thriller directed by Spielberg will hit theaters on Oct. 16, 2015, while the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book The BFG will open on July 1, 2016.

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Though he’s still mulling what his next directing gig will be, Steven Spielberg has added another project to his development slate: religious drama “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,” written by “Lincoln” and “Munich” scribe Tony Kushner. Spielberg plans to produce and may direct the drama, which would be a co-production between DreamWorks and the Weinstein Co.

Lucas and Spielberg bet each other 2.5% of ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Close Encounters’ respectively on which would be a bigger success.

The Eye has given the futuristic drama about a female astronaut returning to Earth a 13-episode order for next year.

Steven Spielberg has found his next directing project: the adaptation of American Sniper, the autobiography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, which is set up at Warner Bros. Bradley Cooper is attached to star and has been developing the project as a producer.

Joining an oeuvre that already includes 2001’s Band of Brothers and 2010’s The Pacific, the untitled miniseries will explore the aerial wars through the eyes of enlisted men of the Eighth Air Force — known as the men of the Mighty Eighth. The project will use at its source material historian Donald L. Miller’s nonfiction tomeMasters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany.

Dear Steven,
It was a real pleasure just so sit and talk with you. I listened very carefully to what you had to say about this compelling history, and I’ve since read the script and found it in all the detail in which it describe these monumental events and in the compassionate portraits of all the principal characters, both powerful and moving. I can’t account for how at any given moment I feel the need to explore life as opposed to another, but I do know that I can only do this work if I feel almost as if there is no choice; that a subject coincides inexplicably with a very personal need and a very specific moment in time. In this case, as fascinated as I was by Abe, it was the fascination of a grateful spectator who longed to see a story told, rather than that of a participant. That’s how I feel now in spite of myself, and though I can’t be sure that this won’t change, I couldn’t dream of encouraging you to keep it open on a mere possibility. I do hope this makes sense Steven, I’m glad you’re making the film, I wish you the strength for it, and I send both my very best wishes and my sincere gratitude to you for having considered to me.
Daniel Day-Lewis’ Original ‘Lincoln’ Rejection Letter to Spielberg | THR

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