John Williams Not Scoring Steven Spielberg Film for First Time in 30 Years

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

DreamWorks Pictures has 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.

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"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.

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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.

This article originally appeared in THR.com.


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