EXCLUSIVE: Tom Hanks and Tom Tykwer are going to turn the Dave Eggers novelA Hologram For The King into a feature. Hanks will star and the film will be directed by Tykwer, the Run Lola Run director who most recently co-helmed Cloud Atlas. Tykwer has adapted the book, which was published last year by McSweeney’s and became a National Book Award finalist. The story involves a struggling businessman who, after failing in America, heads to a rising Saudi Arabian city for a last ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and do something memorable.
The film will be produced by X Filme Creative Pool producers Stefan Arndt, Uwe Schott and Tykwer, who are teamed with Playtone partners Hanks and Gary Goetzman. They don’t yet have a studio or their financing completely together yet, but CAA, which reps Hanks, Eggers and Tykwer, is getting underway with the effort to arrange financing. Given all the movies that group seeded for financing during the Cannes Film Festival, it shouldn’t be that difficult. Hanks and Tykwer bonded over the experience making Cloud Atlas, in which Hanks played several roles. Tykwer directed with Lana and Andy Wachowski. Hanks is currently starring on Broadway, playing ace crime reporter Mike McAlary in the Nora Ephron play Lucky Guy. He plays the title role in the Paul Greengrass-directed Captain Phillips, which Sony Pictures releases October 11, and he plays Walt Disney in the John Lee Hancock-directed Saving Mr. Banks with Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell, with Disney releasing the film smack in the middle of Oscar season, on December 20.
Tom Hanks stars as the titular Captain Phillips in Paul Greengrass’ film based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of an American cargo ship. Catherine Keener and Max Martini also appear in the Scott Rudin/Michael De Luca/Trigger … Read More »
Lucky Guy, the Nora Ephron-penned play about Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper reporter Mike McAlary, has recouped its $3.6 million capitalization eight weeks into its limited run. The play, directed by George C Wolfe and starring Tom Hanks, just … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Open Road is in final talks for domestic distribution on Parkland, a film that recounts the events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on November 22, 1963. They are eyeing a release late this fall, around the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The film’s written and directed by Peter Landesman, the ex-foreign correspondent and scripter of films including the upcoming The Mission who makes his helming debut on the picture. It is based on Reclaiming History: The Assassination Of President John F. Kennedy, the mammoth 1,632-page book by Helter Skelter author Vincent Bugliosi that meticulously debunked the conspiracy theories that later found their way into films like Oliver Stone’s JFK.
The book was originally set at HBO for a miniseries by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman in 2007 along with Bill Paxton, who at the time was starring in Playtone’s HBO series Big Love. Instead of taking on the assassination and the conspiracy theories in a mini, they and Landesman boiled this down to a smaller story that covers what happened at the hospital when the world was turned upside down by the business end of Lee Harvey Oswald’s sniper rifle. It was re-calibrated as an indie film that’s being co-financed by Exclusive Media and The American Film Company, the latter of which was hatched by entrepreneur Joe Ricketts to focus on telling American history tales. Pic stars Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden, Zac Efron, Jeremy Strong, James Badge Dale, Jackie Earle Haley, Colin Hanks, David Harbour, and Ron Livingston. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: HBO has set Ides Of March screenwriter and playwright Beau Willimon to write Jack Johnson, a miniseries about the life of the first African-American world heavyweight champion. The mini teams Playtone partners Tom Hanks and … Read More »
Maura Tierney has joined the Broadway cast of Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy. The Emmy-nominated actress will play Alice, the wife of journalist Mike McAlary. This is the former ER star’s Broadway debut. It is also the Broadway … Read More »
He did it on Jimmy Fallon last night about the 20-year-old sitcom Full House. I’ll say this about Tom Hanks: he’ll do anything to promote his movies. His latest, the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas, opens on Friday:
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the now-infamous 2002 Billboard Awards where an “f-bomb” in Cher’s acceptance speech triggered a long, drawn-out legal battle between the FCC and the broadcast networks. It reached all the way to the Supreme Court, which rendered a decision in May that didn’t strike down the FCC’s authority to go after so-called fleeting expletives (though it questioned to what extent the agency wants to crack down on racy content on broadcast television.) Will the FCC use its power again after actor Tom Hanks also uttered the f-word on live TV, during a segment this morning on Good Morning America.
In his defense, Hanks was prompted by host Elizabeth Vargas to show off the accent he uses in the sci-fi movie Cloud Atlas he was there to promote and was reluctant, noting that he mostly used the accent for curse words in the film. When Vargas persisted, he did a few lines and sure enough, an f-bomb slipped through, leading to profuse on-air apologies by him and Vargas. ABC News quickly issued a statement on the accident, calling Hanks’ use of expletive “accidental” and noting that “the show was corrected for all subsequent feeds”. With the Internet it’s hard to hide such blunders, though, with a clip featuring the unedited ‘f-bomb’ making the rounds this morning. (Check it out below.) Read More »
This one has been long in the works, but now Tom Hanks has committed to play Mike McAlary inLucky Guy, the play that Nora Ephron completed before she died in late June at age 71. Early in my career, I worked with McAlary for five years at New York Newsday, and I must say I was in awe of the guy and his daily accomplishments. Despite his outsized reputation and accomplishments, Mike was this big unassuming Irishman, and you would say hello in the elevator and share some small talk, and then get into the newsroom and see that while most of us were sleeping Mike had broken some unbelievable crooked-cop story late that night. Like the time he met a cop who got caught up in a corruption case and bared his misdeeds to Mike. Then went home and blew his brains out. And there was Mike’s chilling account of it all.
In a newsroom where we were surrounded by the likes of Gotham legends from Murray Kempton to Jimmy Breslin and many others, McAlary was the one the young reporters like me most admired. He never stopped working, retiring late at night to the watering hole Elaine’s where he drank with police brass and politicians, in the name of cracking the next big cop story. It was easy for us to feel unworthy as Mike broke big stories and then turned his reporting into bestselling books. He nearly died from a car crash, but was too tough to succumb to something like that. It was cancer that did him in, but none of his former colleagues will forget how Mike interrupted a chemo session to investigate a tip that a cop had brutalized a suspect, Abner Louima, in the most imaginably horrible way possible. Mike got off the bed, and found his way to Louima’s hospital room where he confirmed the story. His reporting shook up the city he covered, won him a Pulitzer Prize and was a real screw-you to cancer before he succumbed at age 41. Crazy Love director Dan Klores covered Mike’s saga onstage with his play, The Wood. Can’t wait to see Hanks bring a legend to life onstage. Here’s the official announcement: Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Michel Hazanavicius, who won the Oscar in February for helming The Artist, is in talks to direct the Universal Pictures/Playtone adaptation of the Erik Larson nonfiction bookIn The Garden Of Beasts. Tom Hanks will star in the film and produce it with partner Gary Goetzman, and I’m hearing that they are courting Natalie Portman to play his daughter in the harrowing pre-WWII tale.
Hanks will play William Dodd, a mild-mannered Chicago professor who becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany before the Nazis began to assert an iron grip across Europe. At first, his family embraces the vibrant scene in Berlin, and his young daughter Martha (the role they want Portman to play) in particular falls hard for the seduction and engages in a series of affairs with the handsome men of the Third Reich and even the first chief of the Gestapo. Soon enough, the ambassador gets reports of violence against Jews and even though his dispatches to the State Department are met with indifference, he continues to be concerned with the growing press censorship and the passage of shocking laws. It leads to the gradual realization of the horrific genocide that Hitler actually has planned for Europe and the world. Portman isn’t set yet, but I hear Hazanavicius is preparing to work on a draft with a writer that will soon be hired. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winner Tom Hanks is set as the on-camera host, historical commentator and narrator of Killing Lincoln, National Geographic Channel‘s two-hour historical thriller from Ridley and the late Tony Scott’s Scott Free Prods. It’s based on Bill O’Reilly best-selling book with co-author Martin Dugard that chronicles the conspiracy behind Lincoln’s assassination.
Hanks joins director Adrian Moat (Gettysburg), Emmy-winning writer/executive producer Erik Jendresen (Band of Brothers) and producer Mark Herzog’s Herzog & Co. (Gettysburg) on the film, which combines drama with CGI — in the signature style of the Scott brothers — with rare historical archives. “The murder of Lincoln is not a passage of our history — it was a signpost of our American character, then, now and forever,” said Hanks, who has been involved in a number of historic TV projects including the HBO miniseries Band Of Brothers and The Pacific, which he exec produced, and the PBS docu-series Freedom: A History Of Us.
In Killing Lincoln, Billy Campbell plays Lincoln, Jesse Johnson plays John Wilkes Booth and Geraldine Hughes is Mary Todd Lincoln. Graham Beckel appears as Edwin Stanton (who served as Secretary of War under the Lincoln administration) and Shawn Pyfrom portrays Private John W. Nichols. Read More »
The film that Tom Hanks and Davis Guggenheim made for Barack Obama’s reelection campaign earlier this year was played at the DNC tonight. Actually it was an edited version of The Road We’ve Traveled that the delegates in … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: While the Broadway musical transfer of the film Ghost is closing, another Hollywood three-hankie weeper is back up and running. I’m told that the musical Sleepless in Seattle, based on the 1993 Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan film, now has a … Read More »
Yahoopicked up rights to Tom Hanks’ Playtone-Reliance Entertainment animated web series Electric City in January at CES and today set a July 17 premiere date on Yahoo Screen. The voice cast features Hanks, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Holland Taylor, … Read More »
In introducing Screenwriting award winner Nora Ephron at a Hollywood Film Awards ceremony a couple of years ago her good friend and admirer Steven Spielberg said, “Nora knows how so easily to make us laugh and to make us … Read More »
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced a domestic release date of October 26 for Cloud Atlas. The film is directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer and stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant. It’s based on David Mitchell’s book that consists of six interconnected stories. The studio also announced it has acquired rights for the film in the major markets of the UK, France, Spain, Australia, and Japan, with plans to release it in those territories in early 2013. Read More »