Tom Hanks and filmmaker Paul Greengrass are set to reunite on the adaptation of Paulette Jiles’ novel ‘News of the World’ at Fox 2000.
Greengrass is currently in negotiations to helm the film in which Hanks will star and produce alongside Gary Goetzman. Elizabeth Gabler and Nikki Ramey will oversee for Fox 2000. ‘Lion’ scribe, Luke Davies has penned the script.
The film is set in the aftermath of the Civil War and tells of a widowed news reader who travels from town to town in Texas announcing the news of the times. He is given a handsome sum to deliver a young orphan girl, whose parents were killed by a Native American tribe who then raised her as their own, to her family in San Antonio. The duo travels 400 miles through dangerous terrain, slowly developing a bond that will be tested when the man must give the girl up to relatives that not only don’t want her but have abusive plans for her.
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Greengrass saw his last venture with Hanks, Captain Phillips, obtain no less than 6 Oscar nominations. He previously took over the helm on the ‘Bourne’ franchise with ‘The Bourne Supremacy’, ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ and ‘Jason Bourne’ whilst his other work includes ‘United 93′ and ’22 July’.
Hanks was last seen in Steven Spielberg’s biographical drama ‘The Post’ alongside Meryl Streep. His upcoming projects see him reprise his voice role as Woody in the highly anticipated ‘Toy Story 4’, star in war drama ‘Greyhound’, which he co-wrote and star as Fred Roger’s in the biographical drama ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood’.