Thursday, 21 July 2016

Steven Spielberg set for Walter Cronkite film

When Steven Spielberg last worked with writer Matt Charman and producer Marc Platt, the result was Bridge Of Spies (2015), which won an Academy Award® from seven nominations and scored a host of other accolades. Now news arrives via Deadline that they are set to reunite for another real life story, this time one about legendary American newsman Walter Cronkite.

The actual first spark for this one comes from Charman, who started discussing it with the director while they were out promoting Bridge Of Spies during the awards season. The untitled script would look at Cronkite's coverage of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, and how he began to sway American opinion against the troubled conflict. Following a strictly public relations trip in 1965 organised by the government and military in an attempt to show progress was being made, he returned in 1968 and saw the truth for himself. His report became one of the first opinion editorial pieces on US television news and still stands as a landmark in broadcast history.

It is clearly early days for this one, with Charman working on the script and Spielberg deciding if he' will direct it himself or hand it off to someone else. It is currently in development art Amblin Partners, and would have to wait in any regard as Spielberg has The BFG out later this month, Ready Player One preparing to shoot, The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara to follow that and then, potentially, another Indiana Jones film. But if the Cronkite film does go ahead, who wants to put odds on Mark Rylance (Bridge Of Spies) playing a role?

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