Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep Team Up for Pentagon Papers Movie

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Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep are set to partner on the movie “The Post,” a film centered on the Washington Post’s publication of the 1971 Pentagon Papers, sources tell Variety.

Spielberg will direct with Hanks and Streep attached to star. Amy Pascal’s Pascal Pictures purchased the spec by Liz Hannah last fall, with Pascal on board to produce along with Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger. Rachel O’Connor will be executive producer along with Star Thrower Entertainment’s Tim and Trevor White, and Adam Somner.

The film will be co-financed by Fox and Amblin Entertainment. Fox will handle domestic distribution; international will be Amblin, through its output deals with Universal, eOne, Reliance, and others.

The Pentagon Papers made headlines prior to article’s publication when the Post’s editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Kay Graham challenged the federal government over their right to publish them.

Hanks would play Bradlee and Streep would play Graham. Both actors, who are repped by CAA, are coming off critically acclaimed roles, with Streep receiving her 20th Oscar nomination for her performance in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” and Hanks garnering high praise for “Sully.”

Spielberg is currently in post-production on the Warner Bros. pic “Ready Player One” and is also in pre-production on “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,” which will star Mark Rylance and Oscar Isaac.

Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.

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  1. Kat Oliver says:

    I worked in the Pentagon then for Ma Bell in the bowels of the Mezzanine/Basement where I met Kissinger. Too Cool! I was fresh out of high school and it was incredible working in that huge building full of nooks and hiding places! The Rats & Cockroaches were big enough to carry off a small dog! LOL

  2. Peter Putrimas says:

    How interesting, let alone credible, would a movie about the invention of the telephone be if Mr. Watson was credited with the invention because he answered the call? Not very, I suspect. The same would apply to the planned movie from the Spielberg/Hanks/Streep triumvirate that tells the story of the publication of the Pentagon Papers and credits the Washington Post with the triumph and not the New York Times. The Times started publishing the papers before the Post, which started only when the courts, at the behest of Nixon, enjoined the Times from continuing. The Post then piggy-backed onto the Supreme Court case, which resulted in the resuming of the publishing. The Times won a Pulitzer for its work. This was a watershed moment in the history of American journalism. For news outlets to swallow whole the concept of this movie without questioning a basic premise is to be a shills to the entertainment industry. I feel insulted that I have to write this to those with whom I shared a career. I was an editor at the Times before retiring in 2011. Fake news appears to be winning.

  3. Diane Smith says:

    Don’t care how much I like Tom Hanks as an actor but I will not go and see a movie with Meryl Streep!

  4. Here, a diverse cache of writers, producers and even a director could show Hollywood is serious about…divertsity, which they are not.

  5. Thedude3445 says:

    The Deadline comment thread was inundated by bots making nasty comments about Meryl Streep; glad to see Variety seemingly has a better comment moderation team.

    This movie sounds like it could be great, but Spielberg is already booked up; he is in post-production on “Ready Player One”, and will be shooting both “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara” and” Indiana Jones 5″ in the next year. Will this really end up a Speilberg feature and come out in 2020 or so, or will someone else take the reins?

  6. Steve Barr says:

    The Pentagon Papers were published by The New York Times not the Washington Post .

  7. LOL says:

    No one should work with a racist like Pascal.

  8. Dean Treadway says:

    I’m curious–what DO right-wingers do for entertainment/ It can’t all be the Bible, country music and football…can it?

  9. Steve says:

    Boycott all you like. You’re not going to shut down Hollywood.

  10. Mary Poppins Returns is probably going to make a crapload of money. So a lot of people must not be patriots, I guess, and that grave must be pretty shallow.

  11. Kaboom! says:

    Hollywood is already in catastrophic failure mode. Frequent moviegoers between the ages of 18 and 24 fell again last year, and is steadily falling every year. The new generation has abandoned Hollywood. Get ready for constant years of layoffs and reduced output.

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