Universal Picks Up Rights to 'In the Garden of Beasts' for Tom Hanks
Next month audiences will get to see Tom Hanks in the better of his two films this year as Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close will likely blow Larry Crowne out of the water, but another adaptation has caught the actor's eye as a producer and maybe as a starring vehicle. THR has word that Universal Pictures has just picked up the feature film rights to Erik Larson's non-fiction book In the Garden of Beasts, the true story of William Dodd, the United States' reluctant and mild-mannered ambassador to Berlin in 1933, and his daughter Martha, a vivacious socialite who had romantic affairs with a Gestapo official and a Soviet spy.
Initially, the family (including his Dodd's wife and son as well) found themselves living the life in Nazi Germany (Martha was excited when Hitler kissed her hand), but slowly and surely the Dodd's realized the horror of the genocide surrounding them. Hanks will definitely produce along with partner Gary Goetzman through their Playtone production banner, but as of now there's only the potential for Hanks to star in the film as well. Of course, if the films turns out as well as Playtone's ventures into World War II like Band of Brothers and The Pacific, then Hanks doesn't need to star to make the project great, but it couldn't hurt.