With second directorial effort Larry Crowne due for release on the 1st July (he plays the titular lead character too), Tom Hanks is certainly intent on keeping busy for the foreseeable future.

Alongside a TV adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel American Gods, The Hollywood Reporter brings news that Hanks and Gary Goetzman (his partner in Playtone Productions) are looking to get an adaptation of popular US toy, Major Matt Mason, off the grounds and into the cinemas, via 3D.

Major Matt Mason (an action figure introduced onto the market by Mattel in 1966) was an astronaut who lived and worked on the moon. Sounds like a flimsy premise, but with word that Hanks is hoping to blast-off for the stars with his Forrest Gump director, Robert Zemeckis, onboard (from a script by the actor and Band of Brothers/The Pacific collaborator, Graham Yost) you can bet this will be nothing less than spectacular.

Wonder if Zemeckis’ Flight (which was intended to be his first live-action venture since 2000’s Castaway) will still roll into production before this?