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Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's company Playtone will produce a film adaptation of Erik Larson's novel 'In the Garden of Beasts' for Universal. The nonfiction novel centers on William Dodd, America's ambassador to Berlin in 1933, and his socialite daughter Martha. Slowly Dodd and Martha begin to realize the evils of the Nazi regime; superseding their naive perception of their lavish life in Germany. Hanks is also considering starring in the film. 'In the Garden of Beasts' is not the only Larson novel currently in film development. His 'Devil in the White City' is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way.
There are two reasons to be excited about this piece of news. The last time Hanks starred in a WWII-era film, we got Steven Spielberg's phenomenal 'Saving Private Ryan.' Granted, this time around the setting would be much earlier in the history of the war and Hanks would not be playing a soldier, but it still sounds like the perfect project for this history buff. Heck, even if he only produces the film, his company has given us historical epics such as 'Band of Brothers,' and 'The Pacific' so the precedent stands either way. The other big enticement here is Erik Larson. 'Devil in the White City' is a fantastic novel and I am very much looking forward to 1.) reading 'In the Garden of Beasts' and 2.) seeing the film versions of both novels. Of course, just because the source material is great is no guarantee that the movies on which they are based will be great, but given that DiCaprio is behind one adpatation and Hanks behind the other is definitely encouraging.
Is anyone else stoked to see Hanks involved with another WWII-era story?