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Spielberg to make movie celebrating Cronkite's coverage of Vietnam War

By
Yvette C. Hammett
Director Steven Spielberg on the red carpet at the American Film Institutes' 44th Life Achievement Award Spielberg is about to begin work on a movie about famed CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite and his influence on the Vietnam War. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Director Steven Spielberg on the red carpet at the American Film Institutes' 44th Life Achievement Award Spielberg is about to begin work on a movie about famed CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite and his influence on the Vietnam War. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, June 15 (UPI) -- Steven Spielberg has teamed up with Matt Charman and Mark Platt to work on a feature film about legendary news anchor Walter Cronkite and his influence in turning American against the war in Vietnam.

Spielberg, Charman and Platt, who worked together on Tom Hanks' Cold War movie Bridge of Spies, will take on this project together, Deadline reported.

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The project will focus on Cronkite's role as America's most trusted newsman and his public campaign against the war. He was said to have been so influential as the anchor of CBS Evening News that President Lyndon Johnson said at the time: "If I've lost Walter Cronkite, I've lost middle America."

Charman, who won an Oscar for his Spies screenplay, will write the script for the as-yet-untitled film, People reported. Platt will produce the movie.

Charman's next film, Patriots Day, directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg, tells the story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. It is scheduled for limited release Dec. 21, expanding to a wider release on Jan. 13, 2017.

Spielberg's next film, The BFG, is expected in theaters June 30.

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