Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump”) and Meg Ryan (“City of Angels”) have previously worked together in a string of romantic comedies in the 1980s and 1990s with hits like “You’ve Got Mail” and “Sleepless in Seattle” under their belt. The two haven’t been together on screen since then, but as dished out by The Hollywood Reporter, these actors will reunite for “Ithica.” The movie will mark Ryan’s directorial debut. Read on to learn more about the movie “Ithica.”
The screenplay is an adaptation of the classic novel “The Human Comedy,” which was released in 1943. The book is written by William Saroyan and deals with the coming-of-age story of a 14-year-old boy named Homer Macauley who works as a bike messenger during World War II. The theme of the story is a reflection on the foils of war and delves on messages of hope, friendship, love, pain and suffering and death.
Aside from directing the movie, Ryan will also star in it, while Hanks will have a brief appearance. The actor is actually working as executive producer for “Ithica” under his Playtone production outfit.
The film will also star Melanie Griffith (“Working Girl”), Jack Quaid (“The Hunger Games”) and Sam Shephard (“Black Hawk Down”), and the movie will be adapted into a screenplay by Eric Jendresen, who has worked in the TV miniseries “Band of Brothers” with Hanks.
While there is no clear theater date for “Ithica” yet, the film is being shopped around for the European Film Market, specifically the Berlin Film Festival.
Ryan, who has been conspicuously absent from the movies since the last decade, was supposed to be part of the TV series spinoff of “How I Met Your Mother” called “How I Met Your Dad” on CBS. She was cast as the narrator of the story, but the network decided to pass on the show.
Hanks has been into producing movies and TV miniseries, while remaining active in his craft. No stranger to winning an academy award, he has recently received critical praise for his role in the film “Captain Phillips” which ran in theaters in 2013.
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