News Bits: Spies, Equity, Cooke, Zero

Bridge of Spies
For the first time since 1985’s “The Color Purple,” a new Steven Spielberg-directed film will NOT boast a John Williams score. Due to a “minor health issue” that has now been corrected, Williams will not be scoring Spielberg’s newest film “Bridge Of Spies”.

Thomas Newman is instead coming in to score the 1960s Cold War-set tale in which Tom Hanks plays a lawyer who must negotiate for the release of a U2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia. [Source: Empire

Broad Street Pictures has set Meera Menon to direct the Wall Street drama “Equity” with shooting to kick off in New York and Philadelphia in July. The story follows an investment banker who is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption. [Source: Variety]

Untitled Sam Cooke Biopic
Music and film producer Romeo Antonio has made a deal with singer Sam Cooke’s family to develop an authorized biopic about the man from a script by Mary Krell-Oishi. Cooke’s family members L.C. Cooke and Eugene Jamison will function as consultants.

Cooke’s had thirty Top 40 hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s, working with names like Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye. Amongst his most famous works were hits like “Wonderful World” and “Twistin’ the Night Away,” however he died at age 33 under strange circumstances. [Source: THR]

Zero Footprint
Alcon Entertainment has begun developing a Benghazi-themed feature film entitled “Zero Footprint. Scott Charnick, Charley Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanides penned the project which recounts events, through the eyes of an unnamed former special forces operative, leading up to the 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Libya.

Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will produce with Cynthia Sikes Yorkin. Not director is yet attached, though this is one of at least three Benghazi-themed films in the works. [Source: Variety]