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The Coen Brothers Are Rewriting Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s KGB Thriller

(from L) US film-making brothers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen pose for photographers during a photocall for their movie "True Grit" in Berlin on February 10, 2011 on the first day of the international Berlinale film festival. "True Grit", an Oscar-nominated remake of the classic western, kicks off the 61st Berlin film festival, a 10-day extravaganza of glitzy entertainment and explosive political fare. The Berlinale takes place from February 10 to 20, 2010.         AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Well, this is interesting: According to THR, the Coen brothers have signed on to do a rewrite of Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's untitled Cold War thriller. The original script was written by Matt Charman and follows the true story of an attorney named James Donovan (Hanks) who negotiated with the KGB to save the life of a downed spy plane pilot. While Spielberg has a few options for his next directorial venture — including Montezuma and Robopocalypse — this one may have just skyrocketed to the top of the list.

Photo: JOHANNES EISELE/2011 AFP