Tom Hanks Eyes 'The Circle' from 'The Spectacular Now' Director
Next year we'll likely see Tom Hanks in the adaptation of Dave Eggers' novel A Hologram for a King, though no specific release date has been revealed. And now Deadline reports Hanks is looking at taking on another one of Eggers' books. The star of Saving Mr. Banks and Saving Private Ryan is said to have his eye on The Circle, which is set to be adapted for the screen and directed by The Spectacular Now and Smashed filmmaker James Ponsoldt. The novel was just published last year and follows a woman hired at The Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, but the dream job turns into a questionable nightmare.
Here's the official synopsis of Eggers' book:
When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.
It's not specified who Hanks will play, but the CEO of Circle seems like a safe bet. The actor will also produce the project through his Playtone production banner, but the project is still being shopped around to studios at this time. This sounds like the perfect time for this kind of story, especially in the wake of debates and discussions about online privacy, which are happening even more frequently after the unfortunate hack of Sony Pictures. At the same time, a company like Google is growing in power and influence, and in this world of interconnected technology, we're all being very trusting with a lot of personal and private information. This one is just beginning to stretch its legs though, so stay tuned.