John Williams Not Scoring Spielberg Film for First Time Since 1985

John Williams

The composer pulled out of Cold War thriller 'Bridge of Spies' due to a "minor health issue."

For the first time since 1985's The Color Purple, John Williams will not be scoring a Steven Spielberg movie.

DreamWorks Pictures on Wednesday revealed that Bridge of Spies is the title of Spielberg's upcoming Cold War thriller, due out Oct. 16, but also announced that his 83-year-old long-time collaborator Williams - who has scored all but one of the director's films - had pulled out.

"John Williams' schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected," the studio said in a statement. However, DreamWorks added that Williams would be rejoining Spielberg later this year on his Roald Dahl adaptation, The BFG.

The multiple BAFTA and Grammy-winning Thomas Newman — who scored American Beauty and, most recently, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel — has been named as Williams' replacement.

Bridge of Spies sees Tom Hanks cast as an American lawyer who finds himself sent to help the CIA negotiate the release of a pilot captured in the Soviet Union.

Mark Rylance, soon to be seen in the U.S. in the BBC drama Wolf Hall, plays a KGB agent, while Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch and Alan Alda also star.

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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