Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Philadelphia) is no stranger to tackling subjects on celluloid which flirt with real-life historical events. In such films as Saving Private Ryan, That Thing You Do and Road to Perdition, Hanks has more than proven himself as an easy access-point to moviegoers looking to attach themselves to the windswept alleys of Times Past. Whether he’s wearing a military issue flack jacket, brandishing a beaten tommy gun or sporting the sharpest sharkskin suit outside of the Rat Pack (ring-a-ding), this is one consummate actor who can easily transport all of us back to so-called simpler times. But can Hanks and his peculiar form of actor’s alchemy actually extend beyond the silver screen? According to our Magic 8 Ball pals over at The Hollywood Reporter, we’re all about to find out…
Tom Hanks will be dipping his quill in some fine Indian ink with his upcoming sophomore literary effort The Making of Another Major Motion Picture. The new fictional novel from Hanks was announced today from his publishers over at Penguin Random House and it will –per the press release – chronicle “the making of a star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film…and the humble comic books that inspired it.”
For anyone living under a rock, comic books are as American as Jazz and baseball and has been knocking around since the early 1930s, delighting kids the world over with their morality tales of Good vs. Evil. Though this four-colored medium has had its share of popular and profitable film and television (not to mention radio and the newspapers) adaptations during its long and colorful tenure, it’s really only within the last fifteen or twenty years that the world of movies and their take on such popular characters as Captain America, Iron Man, Aquaman and Batman have taken a major and constant foothold at the Hollywood box-office. A lot of folks who count themselves as avid comic book fans via their film translations have never even flipped through a funny book (or, as the NY Times insists on calling them, “graphic novels.”) and might be surprised about the significant differences between the live-action summer hits and their paper counterparts. Enter Tom Hanks who, with his new novel The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece, looks to take on the dichotomy between what winds up on our neighborhood movie screen and the comics that at one time populated news-stands across the globe.
The Making of Another Major Motion Picture is set to tell a story which sounds as epic as some of the best Justice Society of America yarns: According to the book synopsis, Hanks’ novel will follow a returning G.I. circa 1947 who makes a lasting impression on his young nephew before vamoosing for the next two decades. When the hallowed uncle finally resurfaces, he finds his nephew very much active in the underground comic book world of the 1970s with sights set on paying tribute to his wartime hero relative via a comic book which will chronicle his exploits during World War II. Time passes and a famed director decides to turn that very personal comic into a superhero flick set during contemporary times.
“Every character in the book does something I’ve experienced while making a movie, as well as discovered a philosophy or learned an important lesson,” Hanks explained in a statement to People Magazine. “Even the foolish moments are some kind of stunt I’ve pulled or mistake I’ve survived.”
The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece from Tom Hanks will swoop into bookstores on May 9, 2023.