UPDATE: Variety is reporting that The Post will indeed be the immediate next project for Spielberg. The film is expected to begin production in May, ahead of a late awards-qualifying run at the end of this year. As a result, filming on The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara has been pushed back. That film will now happen after The Post, with production on Indiana Jones 5 following after it.
Talk about a power trio! According to Deadline, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are teaming up with director Steven Spielberg for an upcoming drama about the Pentagon Papers scandal in 1971. The film, titled The Post, will see Hanks portraying famed Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and Streep bringing to life publisher Kay Graham. The project will be produced by Amy Pascal (via Pascal Pictures), Kristie Macosko Krieger, and Spielberg himself (via Amblin Entertainment). Fox will also produce and distribute.
Much like Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg has ramped up his work slate in recent years. After finishing up work on Bridge of Spies (2015) and The BFG (2016), he dove straight into work on an adaptation of Ready Player One (2018), which is currently in post-production. While his next blockbuster project won’t see release until 2019 (Indiana Jones 5), he’s not resting on his laurels.
The world-renowned filmmaker is already in pre-production on the drama The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, starring Mark Rylance and Oscar Isaac. That project will likely be his next and shoot sometime this summer. The Post appears to be set to shoot immediately after, slotting into a gap in his schedule between Mortara and Indy. If all goes to plan, Spielberg will have directed six feature films in under four years’ time. Busy busy busy!