Beloved actor Tom Hanks is set to produce and star in the adaptation of Paulette Jiles’ novel NEWS OF THE WORLD, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Lion writer Luke Davies is adapting the historical tale for Fox 2000, which acquired the project in a bidding war.
Set in 1870, the 2016 novel follows Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elder widower who has fought in two wars, as he travels through Texas providing people with news of the world, despite the fact that newspapers are becoming more and more accessible.
On his journey, he is offered money to deliver a ten-year-old girl, Johanna, to her family in San Antonio after being raised by the Kiowa tribe. However, Johanna doesn’t know her aunt and uncle and tries to escape at every chance she gets. Over time, she and Kidd develop a bond, forcing them each to confront difficult choices about their futures.
Hanks will produce via his Playtone banner alongside Gary Goetzman and Gail Mutrux. Elizabeth Gabler, Nikki Ramey, and Jiao Chen will oversee for the studio.
Previously, Davies has written the screenplays for Lion and Life. Right now he is working on the current draft of Amazon’s Beautiful Boy script and the pilot for Paramount Television’s Catch-22 adaptation. He’s repped by UTA and EML Entertainment.
Hanks most recently appeared in The Circle alongside Emma Watson and John Boyega and is now in preproduction on Steven Spielberg’s The Post with Meryl Streep. In 2019, he’ll lend his voice to the character of Woody for Toy Story 4. He’s repped by CAA.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor