Hanks & Bullock May Get 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'

August 22, 2010
Source: Variety, indieWIRE

Tom Hanks / Sandra Bullock

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?

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nothing against bullock - but her movie career has been largely forgettable. i doubt that many are on "pins and needles" waiting to see what she does next. i think most people find her shambles of a personal life more fascinating - what with the cheating husband; divorce; and stalkers. but hanks?..........yea, i think most movie fans are always looking forward to his next project. it's hard to tell (at this point) if this movie has potential - still not enough known about it.

beavis on Aug 23, 2010


I didn't find the book all that compelling overall though there were some really nice elements in it. Unfortunately, the entire time I was reading it just felt like it should have been a movie — like JSF intentionally planned for it to be a movie… I personally can't stand Bullock and Hanks doesn't seem like he would be right for -any- role in the film. With the people involved—actors and otherwise—this could be a great movie—better, in fact, than the book—and so I'm hoping they don't sign.

patrick on Aug 23, 2010


thanks for the insight, patrick!

beavis on Aug 23, 2010


Hanks and bullock could probably pull off a nice romance flick. Not romance-comedy. Her film career isn't the best but with Jenifer Aniston getting work and screwing films up, you can't say it's the worst. Hanks, well I seen like three of his movies I think. Not including Toy Story 1 or 2... or 3. Never seen Forrest Gump either, but I saw Billy Bob Thorton in Sling Blade which sadly lost him an oscar as I recall because of Hank in forrest Gump. Sling Blade was simply a well acted film so I have to see what Hanks has to offer as a mentally challenged adult.

Eli on Aug 23, 2010

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