Spielberg has not committed to making the film his next project, but it is one of several in contention and Hanks’ involvement could give it a leg up on others, which include “Robopocalypse” and “Montezuma.”
Matt Charman wrote the script and Marc Platt is producing the film, which DreamWorks executive Jonathan Eirich will oversee on behalf of the studio.
Hanks is attached to play James Donovan, a prominent American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to slip behind the Iron Curtain and negotiate the release of Gary Powers, a pilot captured when his U-2 spy plane was shot down over Russia.
Hanks and Spielberg previously teamed on “Saving Private Ryan,” “Catch Me If You Can” and “The Terminal.”
Matt Charman is repped by CAA, Michael McCoy of UK-based agency Independent, manager Jeff Silver of Fourth Floor Productions and attorney Gretchen Rush.