New movie set during WWII for Tom Hanks ?

November 29, 2011

After Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers and The Pacific, Tom Hanks is eyeing another World War II project. Universal and Tom Hanks's production company, Playtone, have optioned the rights to Erik Larson's nonfiction bestseller In the Garden of Beasts : Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, which was published in May.
Not only is Tom Hanks interested in producing an adaptation of this book, apparently he's also interested in starring as William Dodd. This would be Tom Hanks's second movie set during World War II.


The book tells the true tale of William Dodd, the United States' reluctant and mild-mannered ambassador to Berlin in 1933, and his daughter Martha, a vivacious socialite who had romantic affairs with a Gestapo official and a Soviet spy. Dodd and his family at first naively navigated life in Nazi Germany (Dodd’s daughter was excited when Hitler kissed her hand) but they slowly gained awareness of the mounting brutality around them. Dodd gradually realized the atrocities that were being conducted around him as World War II escalated.