Projects

Saving Mr Banks (December 20, 2013)


Saving Mr Banks
Current status : In theaters
Role : Actor

The Walt Disney Company has bought the rights to Saving Mr Banks, the scripted saga of how Walt Disney persuaded Australian author P.L. Travers to sell him the rights to make a film out of Mary Poppins. That courtship took 14 years.

First, there were rumors of Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep being considered to portray Disney and Travers, respectively. Tom Hanks has officially been cast as Walt Disney but Meryl Streep is not part of the project anymore. Emma Thompson will portray writer P.L. Travers instead. Other actors officially attached to the project are Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, B.J. Novak (The Office), Jason Schwartzman (Marie Antoinette, Bored to Death) and Ruth Wilson.
Kelly Marcel penned the screenplay and he explained that the script covers “a three-week period in which Disney invited [Travers] to L.A. to try and get the script for ‘Mary Poppins’ right”.
The movie will be directed by John Lee Hancock, writer-director of the Academy Award-winning The Blind Side.

Saving Mr. Banks was filmed in two months, from September to November, 2012. All filming took place in and around Los Angeles, including in Disneyland, the Walt Disney Studios and Universal Studios.

The movie will open in the US on December 13, 2013 in limited theaers before going wide on December 20, 2013. It will be released a week later, on December 26th, in Australia and unfortunately, you will have to wait until January 2014 if you live in the United Kingdom.

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American Gods (2013)


American Gods
Current status : In development
Role : Executive producer

HBO is developing a six-seasons series based on Neil Gaiman's 2001 novel, American Gods and it's Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's production company, Playtone, that will produce it. 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.

The project was brought to them by Robert Richardson, a cinematographer credited in Shutter Island, Inglourious Basterds and Kill Bill and who won two Oscars for The Aviator and JFK. He is set to write the pilot along with Neil Gaiman and maybe direct it.

The book, which won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, tells the story of an ex-convict named Shadow who finds himself in the midst of a war between two sets of gods. After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the time until his release ticks away, he can feel a storm brewing. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr Wednesday claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But the storm is about to break.Disturbing, gripping and profoundly strange, Gaiman’s epic novel sees him on the road to the heart of America.


A Hologram For the King


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Current status : In development
Role : Actor

anks is reteaming with one of the Cloud Atlas directors, Tom Tykwer, on a feature adapted from Dave Eggers' novel A Hologram For the King. Tom Tykwer adapted the book and will direct the movie, for which CAA is in the process of securing financing.

The story deals with a struggling businessman in a rising Saudi Arabian city, who pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment — and a moving story of how we got here.


American Idiot


American Idiot
Current status : In development
Role : Producer

American Idiot, Green Day's acclaimed album, has been turned into a Broadway musical. It is about to be adapted to the big screen.

Universal picked up the screen rights and has hired Michael Mayer, the director of the stage production, to direct the movie version. Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning writer of Milk, is writing the screenplay and the band’s frontman Billie Joe Armstrong taking one of the roles, as he did on Broadway. Robert Pattinson, the star of Twilight, is rumored to play the lead character. Tom Hanks will serve as a producer, along with the members of the punk rock trio.

A concept album tackling the ideas of love vs. rage, American Idiot follows three characters : the aimless Jesus of Suburbia, punk rock freedom fighter St. Jimmy, and Whatsername. It was released in 2004 and quickly became one of the band's biggest albums.


In the Garden of Beasts


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Current status : In development
Roles : Actor, Producer

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 2011.
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.


Jack Johnson


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Current status : In development
Role : Executive producer

Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will produce, along with documentary director Ken Burns, a new project for HBO.
This time, this four to six parts miniseries will be based on the Geoffrey C. Ward book Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise And Fall Of Jack Johnson and will center on Jack Johnson as the first African-American Heavyweight Champion of the World, at a time when only whites were allowed to fight in this weight class. His dominance over his white opponents spurred furious debates and race riots in the early 20th century.
His private life was equally controversial. Jack Johnson was married three times and all his wives were white at a time when such relationships were forbidden by American law.

Beau Willimon (The Ideas of March, House of Cards) will write the screenplay while Ken Burns is aboard to direct. Both of them will join Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman as co-executive producers.
 


K Blows Top


K Blows Top
Current status : In development
Role : Producer

Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman serve as executive producers for a telepic adaptated from Peter Carlson’s book K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America's Most Unlikely Tourist which documents Khrushchev’s 13-day tour of the U.S. during the 1959 heights of the Cold War. The project is once again for HBO.

Paul Giammati (who played the title character in HBO's miniseries John Adams) has been cast to play Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev.

Paul Bernbaum is set to pen the script, while Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are executive producers with Perri Kipperman and David Stern serving as co-exec producers.

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Lizzie Borden


Lizzie Borden
Current status : In development
Role : Executive producer

Actress Chloë Sevigny is currently developing a four-hour miniseries based on the life of Lizzie Borden that Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's production company, Playtone, will executive produce. Chloë Sevigny has been a driving force behind the miniseries, in which she'll star in the title role and serve as co-executive producer. Bryce Kass is writing the screenplay of this miniseries which is set to air in 2012 on HBO.

Lizzie Borden was a Massachusetts spinster put on trial for killing her father and step-mother with a hatchet in 1892. She was acquitted, but almost everyone back then (and now) was pretty sure she did it.

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Major Matt Mason


Major Matt Mason
Current status : In development
Roles : Actor, Producer, Writer

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, Back to the Future) is in talks to direct the live-action movie which will be filmed in 3D. The film reportedly has a budget of $100 million.


Players


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Current status : In development
Role : Executive producer

Tom Hanks and his long-time producing partner at Playtone, Gary Goetzman, are developing a new show for HBO : a half-hour comedy project entitled Players that follows the lives of college athletes.
James Evans and Darryl Scott will serve as producers on the project with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman attached as executive producers.

We don't have more information yet as to who will direct, write or act in Players.


The Long Fall


The Long Fall
Current status : In development
Role : Producer

Jonathan Demme, who directed Philadelphia, and Walter Mosley will be co-write a pilot based on the novelist's new detective series The Long Fall.

Demme will direct the pilot, and the series will be overseen by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's production company, Playtone.


The Lost Symbol


The Lost Symbol
Current status : In development
Role : Actor

After The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Columbia Pictures is ready to adapt the third Robert Langdon adventure, The Lost Symbol. Tom Hanks has not yet signed on for it but he told MTV at the premiere of Where the Wild Things Are, that he was ready to take back the role of Robert Langdon if it were to be adapted to the screen.

After Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) provided the first draft of the screenplay, Dan Brown himself has been hired to pen a second draft. We already know that Ron Howard will not be back to direct it but he signed on, with Brian Grazer, as producer.

Columbia Pictures is about to start negotiations with director Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) and looks at a filming for 2013. The story takes place in Washington, DC and focuses on Freemason conspiracy.


The Story of Edgar Sawtelle


The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
Current status : In development
Role : Producer

Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey will co-produce, through their respective production companies, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.

Universal Pictures has hired William Broyles Jr. (Apollo 13, The Polar Express and Cast Away) to adapt the novel written by David Wroblewski.

It's also said that Tom Hanks would like to use the performance-capture, the same way James Cameron did for Avatar and that he would play one of the characters... one of the three dogs. No director has been hired yet.

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Triple Frontier


Triple Frontier
Current status : In development
Role : Actor

Tom Hanks was the first actor to be officially attached to Kathryn Bigelow's next movie, Triple Frontier (also titled Sleeping Dogs). Producer Charles Roven confirmed it to ComingSoon.net. 

Actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Sean Penn and Jeremy Renne have all expressed their interest in the project but none has been officially attached to it. Kathryn Bigelow would co-write this movie along with writer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, In the Valley of Elah). The story is set in the organized crime zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.

The production of the movie was delayed because Kathryn Bigelow wanted to work on another movie before this one.

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Untitled Project


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Current status : In development
Roles : Producer, Executive producer

Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producing along with Simon Halfon, a biopic about Brian Epstein, the iconic manager of The Beatles. Actor Benedict Cumberbatch and his Sherlock director Paul McGuigan are teaming up again for this movie.

Todd Graff wrote the screenplay, whose focus is not a story about The Beatles from Epstein’s point of view but the story of Epstein himself. The producers describe the project as the story of “the man who threw the biggest party of the 1960s but ultimately forgot to invite himself.”

Sometimes known as "The Fifth Beatle", Brian Epstein signed the band in 1961 and died in 1967 from an accidental drug overdose. He was a closet homosexual and suffered from gambling and drug addictions. Epstein was many times the glue that held the band together.

UTA is arranging the financing and will represent the film for sale. No title and no filming or release dates have been set yet.


Jungle Cruise


Jungle Cruise
Current status : In talks
Role : Actor

After working together on the three Toy Story movies, Tom Hanks and Tim Allen could team up again for a Disney movie, Jungle Cruise. Disney wants to turn venerable attractions at its theme parks into movies, and Jungle Cruise is one of them. The Disney attraction, which first opened in 1955, simulates a dramatic riverboat cruise featuring king cobras, lions angry rhinoceros and fierce spear-wielding natives.

So far we only know that Tim Allen would play the cruise captain and Tom Hanks would star as a family man on holiday aboard the vessel.

Disney tantalizingly promised that the movie will feature aspects that will make it more than a straight-up adventure. The live-action film will be written by Roger Schulman, whose previous credits include Shrek and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, the team behind the award-winning The Fighter.


Patriot Down


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Current status : In talks
Role : Actor

Tom Hanks has been approached by Paramount Studio to play the President of the United States in a movie called Partiot Down, which will be produced by Kevin Walsh and Brad Weston. The movie will be an action-thriller that centers on a U.S. President who has to go on run in Afghanistan after Air Force One gets shot down as it was flying over the country.
Ian Stone, who’s worked as a second assistant director on huge films like There Will Be Blood, Munich, War of the Worlds, and most recently The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, will be making his writing debut with Patriot Down.

Tom Hanks is not officially attached to the project as he's not answered yet whether or not he will accept the part and the movie is still in its early stage of development. This could also be just one among many offers he gets...