Spielberg-Hanks Cold War Film Titled ‘Bridge of Spies,’ John Williams Won’t Compose Score

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ upcoming Cold War thriller has a title, “Bridge of Spies,” DreamWorks announced Wednesday.

The film is notable in that it is one of the rare Spielberg projects that will not feature a score composed by John Williams, whose soaring melodies have long been a staple of the director’s work. Instead Thomas Newman (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Help”) will handle music duties.

Williams was unable to work on the film due to what DreamWorks describes as “a minor health issue” that the company reports has been resolved. He has scored 26 of Spielberg’s 27 films — the only exception being 1985’s “The Color Purple.” Williams will reunite with Spielberg on his upcoming family film, “The BFG.” Williams’ other credits include the “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter” films.

Bridge of Spies” centers on a Brooklyn lawyer (Hanks) who is sent by the CIA to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. The film will be released in theaters nationwide on Oct. 16. “Bridge of Spies” also stars Mark Rylance, Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan and Alan Alda.

Fox 2000 Pictures co-financed the film with DreamWorks in association with Participant Media, and will distribute internationally. Disney will handle domestic distribution.

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