As Steven Spielberg and his star-studded cast prepare for their forthcoming movie about the Pentagon Papers, they’re doing everything they can to ensure its authenticity. The Post will reportedly focus on the government’s attempts to stop newspapers like the Washington Post and The N.Y. Times from publishing anything too squeamish about the Vietnam War. Though the film is ostensibly a period piece, it’s clear Spielberg and company see parallels with the way our government treats the press today.
Due to the incendiary story and the sheer amount of talent both in front of and behind the camera, The Post is shaping up into some enticing Oscar-bait. That doesn’t mean the filmmakers are resting on their laurels, however. Spielberg and his two stars—Tom Hanks (Turner & Hooch
) and Meryl Streep (Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life)—attended a creative meeting with WaPo reporters to get a sense of how their meetings usually run. Twitter trends are probably covered more thoroughly than they were during the Vietnam Era, but the daily creative pitch process likely remains intact.
WaPo reporter David Nakamura tweeted a picture of the meeting, which you can see below. For our initial reactions to the film’s announcement, click here.