By Micheleen Martin | 2 weeks ago
No – Tom Hanks was not cast (as far as we know) as Reed Richards or as another alternate universe Batman. But the world of comics encompasses more than just superheroes, and now Hanks is reuniting with the same creative team that helped him win one of his two Oscars to bring a singular comic book to the big screen. The actor adapts the 2014 graphic novel Right here by Richard McGuire.
Deadline reports that Tom Hanks is once again teaming up with director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter Eric Roth – who, like Hanks, won Oscars for 1994’s Forrest Gump – adapt Right here. Deadline describes the adaptation as “a big-budget movie with a lot of heart,” which they say is about to spark a bidding war between interested studios. Not only is the trio responsible for Forrest Gump, but individually they have all helped create wonderful films. Zemeckis is responsible for classics such as Back to the future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? while Roth’s more recent writing credits include A star is bornby Denis Villeneuve Dunesand the next Martin Scorsese film The Moonflower Slayers.
The concept of adaptation Right here in a movie is interesting, given that the graphic novel’s narrative isn’t exactly what you’d call linear and the idea that Tom Hanks or anyone else could play a main character in it seems bizarre. The first iteration of Right here appeared in the comic book anthology magazine Raw in 1989. Only 6 pages, Right here showed the life of one-room space throughout history. He touched the future while going back to prehistory. Often a single panel shows the room repeatedly – like adults trying to get a baby to talk in 1965, while in the same panel we see the building they are in being destroyed in 2030. Richard McGuire will expand later the concept into a 300-page graphic novel, published in 2014.
Of course, this won’t be the first time Tom Hanks has dabbled in the world of comic book adaptations. In one of his most violent roles, Hanks played the hitman father of the future. Superman and Lois featured Tyler Hoechlin in the 2002s road to perdition. It was based on the 1998 graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins and Richard Piers Rayner. The comic was partly based on the influential manga lone wolf and cub by Kazuo Kioke and Goseki Kojima.
If Tom Hanks, Robert Zemeckis and Eric Roth can do the same kind of magic with Right here what they did with Forrest Gump, it should bring everyone money and statues. The epic comedy-drama has grossed $678 million. The film was also nominated for 13 Oscars, 6 of which the film won – including Best Picture, Hanks for Best Lead Actor, Zemeckis for Best Director and Eric Roth for Best Screenplay Adaptation. The one big loser in all of this was author Winston Groom, who wrote the book the movie was based on. In addition to never receiving a penny of the film’s promised profits, each Forrest Gump the cast and crew member who accepted an Oscar forgot his name in their acceptance speeches. Richard McGuire may want to take note of that.