The trio are set to adapt the innovative graphic novel, “Here,” with Hanks attached to star, Zemeckis to direct and Roth to pen the script. Published in 2014 by illustrator and comics innovator Richard McGuire, “Here” is centered in one room and chronicles the events that have occurred in that space over the course of hundreds of thousands of years.
This new project marks the first time all three will reunite since their talents magically coalesced in the 1994 classic “Forrest Gump.” The drama earned six Oscars, with Hanks (best actor), Zemeckis (best director) and Roth (best adapted screenplay) each taking home a statuette, in addition to the film’s best picture win.
In the intervening years, Hanks has worked with both Zemeckis and Roth separately. Hanks and Zemeckis teamed for 2000’s “Cast Away,” 2004’s “The Polar Express” and the upcoming live-action adaptation of Disney’s “Pinocchio”; Zemeckis was also an executive producer on 2021’s Apple original film “Finch.” Roth (an Oscar nominee again this year for “Dune”) wrote the screenplay for 2011’s “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” in which Hanks starred.
The film will be produced by Playtone and ImageMovers, with the auction for the package brokered by CAA (which represents Hanks, Roth and Playtone) and WME (which reps Zemeckis and ImageMovers).
News of the developing projects comes hours after the Hanks-starring comedy “A Man Called Otto” set a high benchmark with a $60 million acquisition by Sony Pictures (the largest deal to date at the virtual European Film Market). Hanks was also in the headlines earlier Thursday thanks to the release of the trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis,” in which the two-time Oscar winner stars.
Deadline was first to report news of the film package.