Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In the Garden of Beasts: Tom Hanks may go back to WWII

Word has it that Universal and Tom Hanks production company, Playtone have optioned the movie rights to Erik Larson’s nonfiction best-seller In the Garden of Beasts; Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin. The book gets its name incidentally from the Tiergarten, the central park where the Dodd family had their home. The literal translation is Garden of the Beasts. According to the Hollywood Reporter Hanks is eyeing the project as a potential starring vehicle for himself. That casting would make much more sense to me than Tom Hank's playing the father in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close but that's another story!
Here's how Larson himself describes his work:

Larson’s excellent The Devil and the White City is already development with Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way company.

In the Garden of Beasts would return Hank's to World War II, a time period of interest to the history buff.. His Playtone was behind the Emmy-winning miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific.

The book was published this past May; if any of you have read it already, I'd love to hear your take on its cinematic potential.

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