Deadline is reporting that Hollywood’s Mr and Mrs Everyman, Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock are “circling” the adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

The book (released in 2005) focuses on a nine-year-old boy who, having lost his father on 9/11, discovers a key belonging to him in a vase. This inspires the child to search Manhattan for information about his discovery and this journey draws him into the lives of strangers throughout the five boroughs of New York and beyond.

As well as having the two A-list leads attached, this proposed adaptation also has serious weight behind the camera too, having been scripted by Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Insider) for director Stephen Daldry and producer Scott Rudin (both have been developing this since the book was first published).

With the exception of Daldry (who’s been nominated three times), all these guys are previous Oscar winners. Warner Bros and Paramount (potential co-producers on the project) must be looking forward to having the possibility of both a big earner and awards-friendly production on their slate.

More as we get it.

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