Tom Hanks announces “wildly ambitious” first novel

The first book by Oscar winner Tom Hanks is set to come out next year. The book is Hanks’s second work of fiction. In 2017, he put out a collection of short stories. The book’s publisher has called it a “wildly ambitious” story about how a movie is made.

The Making of Another Motion Picture Masterpiece takes place over 80 years and ends with the opening of the movie of the same name, which is a “colossal, star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film” based on a comic book.

Some of the characters are a troubled soldier coming back from war, a young boy with a talent for art, an inspired and oddball director, a haughty movie star on the rise, and a hardworking production assistant.

The book will be released on May 9, 2023, in both the UK and the US. It will be published by Penguin Random House (PRH).

Hanks, who won best actor Oscars for his roles in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, said, “Making a movie is a lot of hard work over a long time, with many happy moments and just as many times when you feel bad about yourself.” It is the most important job in the world and the hardest job I know of. “

He then used a line from Hamlet to say, “I hope the book captures as much of the ‘accidental judgments and casual slaughter’ that go into a movie’s rule to be “a mirror to nature” as I have seen (and caused) since I joined the Screen Actors Guild.”

Allah Ahmed, who is in charge of publishing at PRH’s imprint Hutchinson Heinemann, which is putting out Hanks’ book in the UK, said that working with the actor on his first book was “a publisher’s dream come true.”

“It’s icing on the cake that he wrote an epic about ordinary people in an unusual world that is thoughtful, touching, and very entertaining,” she said.

Hanks’s book of short stories, Uncommon Type, was all about his collection of old typewriters. PRH says that so far, 234,000 copies of the book have been sold in the UK.

In his review of Uncommon Type for the Guardian, Mark Lawson said it was “perhaps surprising that it took so long for the actor to be persuaded to publish his own prose,” while Alex Preston said Hanks’s stories were “forgettable, middle-of-the-road, and touched by the special banality of mere competence.”

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