Spielberg plus Hanks: BOX OFFICE POISON!!!
Not necessarilly true... Shaving Ryan's Privates was really good... I'd rate it as the top war movie of all time personally. Band of Brothers was a close second (not a film of course, but damn close) I would say, and they did collaborate on that too.
I see your point though, in that Hanks and Speilberg are getting too chummy and things between "friends" can go horribly wrong at times.
Though... I wonder what the prequals would be like had Speilberg jumped in on them with Lucas? Would someone with some clout (where Lucas is concerned) actually maybe talked him down from the proverbial ledge? Hmmmm
Hanks could do without Speilberg, and do everything Speilberg does to the power of 10 I think. He has as keen a film eye as Speilberg, and he understands comedy better as well.
Hell, now I'm wondering what the prequals would've been like had Lucas been friends with Hanks instead and allowed him to help! Maybe actually funny when they were supposed to be? *gasp*
BTW, sorry for the random thoughts there... I'm not even familiar with the movie in question, haha.
I was just having a weird moment thinking about the prequals and friends working together on projects.