We Have A Winner

Actually, we have two winners from yesterday’s book display contest. Within fifteen minutes of our posting the challenge, Lauri Wilson and Melissa DeWild both identified the unifying theme as books that are sources for movies that Tom Hanks is working on. Each will receive a copy of Knit Your Own Dog, published by Black Dog & Leventhal (thanks to Mike Rockliff, head of library marketing at Workman, for providing the prizes).

How did they guess so quickly? Both had also read Shelf Awareness yesterday and noticed that Hanks will star in a movie based on Richard Phillips’s memoir of his capture by Somali pirates, A Captain’s Duty.

It happens that we noticed the same story and it set us wondering about the other book projects Hanks has in the pipeline. Updates on them after the jump.

We’re hoping one of the winners knits us a dog — Lucy needs a new toy.

Tom Hanks Book Adaptation Projects

Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell

Has been in development for quite a while, with Hanks attached to star, along with Natalie Portman (although there have been reports that she has pulled out because of her pregnancy) and Halle Berry, who said late last year that it may begin filming this summer.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safron Foer
Listed on IMDB as currently shooting. Hanks is starring as the father.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski
Hanks teamed up with Oprah in Jan of ’09 to produce this one, but there’s been scant news about it since.

The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown
It was recently announced that a new scriptwriter has been brought in — Dan Brown himself (his previous books have been scripted by others). Hanks will star a Robert Langdon, of course.

The Guardians of Childhood series, William Joyce
Hanks is producing a computer-animated movie called Rise of the Guardians, based on the new series by Joyce (the first book, The Man in the Moon is listed for Sept. 6 of this year). Joyce is co-director, along with Peter Ramsey, of the movie, which is currently scheduled to release on Nov. 12, 2012

Comments are closed.