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Tom Hanks Is Getting Back In The Writer/Director Business!!

I am – Hercules!!
Tom Hanks, who wrote and directed the period rock-band romantic dramedy “That Thing You Do” in 1996, is getting back in the game! He’ll be directing his “Charlie Wilson’s War” co-star Julia Roberts in “Larry Crowne,” which Variety says “centers on a middle-aged man being forced to find a new career.” Hanks also wrote the screenplay. I’m assuming he also plays the lead, but the Variety story is unclear on that point. Hanks played only a supporting role in “That Thing You Do.” No distributor is yet attached. While Hanks hasn’t directed any new big-screen fare in the last 14 years, he has since directed terrific episodes of his HBO miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon” and “Band of Brothers.” He also co-wrote four episodes of the acclaimed astronaut drama and the “Currahee” episode of the pay-cable war epic. While I liked “That Thing You Do,” Hanks’ TV work – and his many interviews over the years – always suggested to me he could do loads better. Count me very excited about “Larry Crowne.” Find Variety’s story on the matter here.
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  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Volunteers 2!

    by Box_Bruceleitner

    Sigh, if only...

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:04 a.m. CST

    by Little Beavis

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Money Pit 2

    by Little Beavis

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Turner & Hooch 2

    by Little Beavis

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Joe vs. the Volcano 2

    by Little Beavis

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Had me until "Julia Roberts".

    by F-18


  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST

    The Man With One Red Shoe 2

    by Little Beavis

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Splash 2

    by Little Beavis

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Bachelor Party 2

    by Little Beavis

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Money Pit was good shit

    by Box_Bruceleitner

    I watch it any time I happen to come by it on tv.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:09 a.m. CST


    by palimpsest

    Hanks! Raimi! Together at last!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Wow, Julia Roberts playing a middle aged man?

    by Dreamwriter

    I loved That Thing You Do, but that's just out there...

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:18 a.m. CST

    That Thing You Do

    by Lashlarue

    Solid Film.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Tom Hanks should write and direct...

    by ChezKing

    SPIDER-MAN! There ya go! Hey...and maybe he could play J. Jonah Jameson!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Life is like a box of chocolates,

    by Dingbatty

    mostly shitty lemon cremes that you have to spit out after half a bite.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:24 a.m. CST

    "I love The Money Pit. That is my answer to that statement."

    by Griefo

    from Family Guy. but I too love The Money Pit and That Thing You Do. I only recently watched the director's cut, it's like a hour longer. It's weird when you watch something 100s of times then all of a sudden there's this whole other version with all kinds of new stuff. anyways, I'm stoked to see whatever he does.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST

    I've never liked Julia Roberts

    by SaskQuatch

    I especially disliked her Oscar Acceptance Speech, and the decision to give her the Oscar Award. I know she's great for the industry, but fuck that cunt.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Whoa whoa, wait...

    by Box_Bruceleitner

    There's a director's cut with a significant amount of footage added to That Thing You Do? I was unaware of this.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Mike Viola sings lead in "That Thing You Do"

    by bunkyboo

    His current music is great- buy it.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Hanks needs to go back to being smarmy

    by Tall_Boy66

    That's what he's best at. I'm sick of seeing him acting (or, uh, being Shatner in the Robert Langdon flicks. But he is a big Star Trek fan so I guess that's okay). I liked him in That Thing You Do cause he's at best when he's just a jerk, really. It's funny. Do that.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 4:18 a.m. CST

    HIs episode of Band of Brothers was the best

    by drturing

    Crossroads, the one in the middle about Dick Winters. Even if the real Dick Winters said it was kinda ridiculous. It's a killer piece of filmmaking, great use of O.S. sound and haunting little human moments.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 6:18 a.m. CST

    tom 'zero charisma' hanks

    by Waka_Flocka_Flame

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST

    He's at his best in Toy Story Movies

    by Alice Cooper Stalker

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Source Material

    by VirgilHilts

    I think this project is based on the book How Starbucks Saved My Life.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    The extended cut of "That Thing You Do"...

    by Chewtoy

    ...Caught me by surprise. I was flipping channels and came across it, and it's one of those "watchable" movies where I can come in at any point and get sucked into it. Anyway, at first there were just a few moments where I said "huh... I never noticed that shot before", but as the movie went on there were a few new lines added and I suspected something was up. By the end, there are some significant differences and pretty lengthy scenes added. It was a fun way to discover that there was another cut out there.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Bring on 3001!!

    by Sith Witch

    It's been a decade, so get on it already! Why has he dropped the ball on this property? However, I'd hope he'd do a 2061 first.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    *ahem* The Burbs Two

    by The Shyster

    :shrugs: ;)

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Julia Roberts is annoying

    by mradriano

    And I will avoid this so she doesn't even get to see one penny of mine. Stole the Oscar from Ellen Burnstyn.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Tom Hanks directed an excelent episode of Band Of Brothers

    by AsimovLives

    And That Thing You do was quite a good movie. Hanks has got chops as director. I trust him.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    You Doing That Thing You Did...

    by dark-knight02

    doesn't sound as good.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Tom Hanks

    by Dharma4

    AKA Man-Crush #5

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST


    by Dharma4

    Tom Hanks has no charisma? Ah, you poor naive FUCK tard. What's next on that list of yours? Zooey Deschanel isn't gorgeous?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Cool, though I'm not a fan of Roberts.

    by TheWaqman

    I'll watch this. And also I'm amazed at how far Tom Hanks has come as an actor/producer since his old days. He's gone even farther than Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST


    by blackwood

    Weird - I just watched that episode of Band of Brothers. It was on the movie network last night. I had never seen the show before, but it made me want to seek out the whole series.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Tom Hanks should direqt The Amazing Spider-Man

    by Meadowe

    John Williams, Han Zimmer or Michael Giacchino score. Randy Orton can be the wrestler Peter beats up. Stephen Lang as Uncle Ben, Amanda Seyfried (maybe too old for this partiqular role) as Gwen Stacy, and of course a great script it would be awesome.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    what bout Atlanta?

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...ya know, a sequel to Philadelphia... but instead of Hanks bein lovers wit Banderez, he could be lovers wit... Colin Hanks!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Apollo 14

    by Little Beavis

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion as Tom Hanks Writer / Director

    by NippleEffect

    That way Tom can stick with acting

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Castaway 2: Stranded again?!? Motherfucker!!

    by Little Beavis

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Wasn't there a Gump sequel in the works??

    by Little Beavis

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    That Thing You Do!

    by Lando Griffin

    Just like a previous poster said this is one of those movies where I can turn it on at any point and just watch (its been in regular rotation on HBO lately) its by no means a great movie but its light, fun and entertaining. The songs are catchy as hell.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    I prefer him as an actor/producer

    by CupcakePirate

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    re: cupcake

    by yourSTEPDADDY prefer him producin movies or producin untalented children? ho yea!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Julie Roberts kills it for me

    by MoistMuskyCamelToe

    I can't stand that woman. I flat-out refuse to watch anything she's in. Worst. Actress. Ever. Last time I saw lips like that, they had a fishhook in 'em. Blech.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    Semi-random thought... "The Money Pit"

    by HarryCalder

    really is one of Tom's undiscovered gems. And second best movie Shelly Long ever made...

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    The German Soldier

    by TheGreatHomsar

    I think the German soldier smiles at him because he thinks Winters is another German. It doesn't dawn on the young kid until right at the last moment that "oh scheisse, we just got flanked and we're laying in the middle of an open field."

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    zooey doucheanel isn't gorgeous

    by Waka_Flocka_Flame

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST


    by Waka_Flocka_Flame

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST


    by Waka_Flocka_Flame

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 1:03 a.m. CST

    count me in for burbs 2

    by iwasredempted

    underrated. FACT.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 1:12 a.m. CST

    i agree. he is good at being a jerk...

    by iwasredempted

    he was fantastic as a dick in a league of their own. he is a very likeable actor but he does some terrific work when he's a jackass.