Hanks tackles Nazis and JFK
Tom Hanks is a strong producer in his own right with credits such as Band of Brothers, Starter for 10 and Charlie Wilson's War to his name. He's about to add two more to that list with some very powerful sounding projects.
One is a film of the true story of World War II double agent Eddie Chapman, and the other will be a mini-series about the assassination of John F. Kennedy – that's JFK for those of you who don't know, and I'm sure there are many out there since common practice is to just say JFK.
What's interesting about the JFK mini-series is that it will be looking at the Warren Commission Report version of events, not any of the common conspiracy theories that have been on the go since the shooting took place.
The story comes from Hollywood Reporter through E!Online and Yahoo News and tells us that the source of the story will be the recently published novel from Vincent Bugliosi called Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com).
The book is over one and a half thousand pages long and debunks the conspiracy theories, instead focusing on the Warren Commission outcome that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone killer. Amazingly the author has this statistic to reveal, that either shows that the U.S. people are incredibly insightful and well informed, or that they are totally unaware of the truth.
“Seventy-five percent of the American public believes in the falsehood that there was a conspiracy in the assassination of President Kennedy, and only 19 percent accept the findings of the Warren Commission that Oswald acted alone...”
Meanwhile Tom Hanks will be producing a film based on Ben Macintyre's book Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) and tells the story of Eddie Chapman, a criminal and con man who was recruited by the Nazis at the beginning of World War II to spy for them. He quickly became a proficient at his role and when he was sent on a mission to destroy a British airplane factory he contacted the MI5 and became a double agent.
According to Reuters through Yahoo News there was a tense bidding war between New Line and Warner Brothers with New Line winning after the chairman, Bob Shaye, read a blisteringly strong review in the New York Times and had to have it, resulting in a seven figure deal for the rights.
There's already been a film about the man and the excellent Christopher Plummer played him in Triple Cross in 1966. It'll be interesting to see what develops with this tale and how Hanks pushes both stories forward.