More info on his upcoming projects

June 14, 2011

Over the last few weeks, more information about Tom Hanks's upcoming projects have been revealed. Here's what we know.


Cloud Atlas
Tom Hanks confirmed it in several interviews : he will be part of the next Wachowskis's movie, Cloud Atlas.
First of all, several actors have been hired to play alongside Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving and Ben Whishaw have all joined the cast.
Hugo Weaving explained in an interview that he will be playing six different characters in the movie, and so will the other actors and actresses. Cloud Atlas is known to consist of six primary story threads, spanning many centuries, so it seems each actor will play multiple roles, most certainly a character in each story. The filming is set to debut in September 2011 in Germany.

Major Matt Mason
Back in 2009, it was announced that Tom Hanks was working on bringing the classic 60's astronaut action figure Major Matt Mason to the big screen. Major Matt Mason was an astronaut action figure who took part in imaginary adventures on the moon in the 1960's.
Graham Yost (From the Earth to the Moon, Band of Brothers, The Pacific) is writing the screenplay, with Tom Hanks co-writing. He will also serve as a producer and may well enlist as an actor to play the lead character.
Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away, The Polar Express) is in talks to direct the live-action movie which will be filmed in 3D. The film reportedly has a budget of $100 million.

American Gods
Not so long ago, we told you that Tom Hanks's production company, Playtone, was working on adapting Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel American Gods. We know a little more about that too. They are developing no less than a six-season series for HBO. Each season will be of 10-12 (hour-long) episodes with a budget of around $35-40 million per season. Its debuts is planned for 2013 at the earliest.

American Idiot
Playtone is also developing a movie adapted from Green Day's album American Idiot with Michael Mayer directing, Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk) writing the screenplay and the band’s frontman Billie Joe Armstrong taking one of the roles, as he did on Broadway. This would be Playtone's second musical following the hit Mamma Mia!, which grossed more than $600 million worldwide.

You can find all those information, as well as Tom Hanks's thirteen other upcoming projects, in our section specifically dedicated to his next projects.