Tom Hanks is close to finalizing a first-look, two-year production deal at 20 th Century Fox.Once the parties sign off as expected, Hanks will almost immediately move his indie company onto the Fox lot to develop movies that he will star in and produce. Randy I. Cushnir continues to serve as his head of development. Most recently, Hanks had a non-exclusive multiyear pact at Disney, where he made the 1989 comedy “Turner & Hooch” and earlier, the 1984 romantic comedy “Splash.” He signed on with that studio in July 1987 (Daily Variety, July 10, 1987). Neither Cushnir nor Fox production prexy Roger Birnbaum could be reached for comment yesterday. Hanks’ relationship with Fox movie chairman Joe Roth goes back to his starring in the 1984 comedy “Bachelor Party,” which the former indie filmmaker executive produced. The actor also previously starred in Fox’s 1988 Penny Marshallcomedy hit “Big ,” for which he was nominated for an Oscar, but that predated both Roth and Birnbaum. Hanks most recently reteamed with Marshall to star in Columbia’s “A League of Their Own” and previously starred in “The Bonfires of the Vanities,””Joe Versus the Volcano,””Punchline,””Dragnet,””Nothing in Common” and “Volunteers.” The actor is attached to star in Jonathan Demme’s AIDS movie, the tentatively titled “People Like Us,” for TriStar opposite Denzel Washington.
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