Hanks & Bullock May Get 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'
In case you weren't aware, director Stephen Daldry (The Reader, The Hours) is helming an adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Oscar winner Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) is writing the script which follows a 9-year-old boy after he finds a key in a vase that belongs to his father who died in the September 11th terrorist attacks. He sets off to find the lock for the key to open. The novel was one of the first to use the events of 9/11 as a plot device, and now Variety and indieWIRE report it may be the project that allows Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks to finally work together.
Warner Bros is leading the project (with Paramount onboard for joint distribution) and has already offered Hanks and Bullock their respective roles. However, no deals have been made and negotiations haven't even started. However, this may be due to the fact that the studios haven't even given the project a greenlight yet. Of course, if Bullock and Hanks were to sign on I can't imagine it would be a problem. Bullock still hasn't figured out a follow-up to her Oscar winning role in The Blind Side, so I'm sure plenty of people are holding their breath waiting for official news on her next project. Combine that with a great duo behind the camera with Daldry directing and Roth writing, and we've got a likely awards contender in the future. Interested?