THE ARTIST Director Michel Hazanavicius Set to Direct WILL Next; Will Follow up with IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS Starring Tom Hanks

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Over a year ago, we reported that The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius was on board to direct Will, a film that’s been in development for over four years.  The script, written by actor/comedian Demetri Martin, is set in a world where heavenly scribes write everyone’s destinies, and Paul Rudd plays a man whose angelic writer Will (Zach Galafinakis) quits, thus forcing him to follow his own path without guidance from above.  Rather than moving straight to this project, Hazanavicius decided to make The Search his follow-up to The Artist.  The movie stars centers on a Chechen NGO worker, played by The Artist’s Berenice Bejo, and a young boy whom she befriends.  The movie is current playing at Cannes, and at the festival Hazanavicius told Variety he intends to make Will his next picture, and that he plans to start filming at the end of this year or in early 2015.

Hit the jump for more including an update on Hazanavicius’ adaptation of the non-fiction book In the Garden of Beasts.

THE ARTIST Director Michel Hazanavicius in Talks to Helm IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS Starring Tom Hanks; Natalie Portman Eyed to Play Hanks’ Daughter

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Michael Hazanavicius, Oscar’s reigning Best Director for The Artist, is in talks to direct an adaptation of the nonfiction book In the Garden of BeastsTom Hanks is set to star as William Dodd, a professor who becomes America’s ambassador to the Hitler-run Germany just prior to World War II.  Hanks is also producing with Gary Goetzman through their Playtone banner, and Deadline hears they are courting Natalie Portman to play William’s daughter.  Hazanavicius is reportedly working on a new draft of the script with an unnamed writer that will soon be hired.  With this level of talent attached and the awards-friendly subject matter, it should not surprise you to hear that the project is a priority for Universal Pictures co-chairman Donna Langley.

Hit the jump for more on the story by way of the synopsis for Erik Larson‘s book.

Tom Hanks Developing WWII Drama IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS for Universal

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Ever the history buff, Tom Hanks is looking to adapt Erik Larson’s World War II nonfiction best-seller In the Garden of Beasts for Universal. Based on the real life accounts of William Dodd, the US Ambassador to Berlin in 1933, In the Garden of Beasts takes place during Hitler’s mounting atrocities in Nazi Germany. Dodd’s daughter, Martha, becomes swept up in her newfound flamboyant lifestyle and has several liaisons with members of the upper echelon of the Third Reich. At first taken in by the enthusiasm for restoration by German nationals, the family soon comes to realize the horrors behind the Nazi movement. Hit the jump for more on In the Garden of the Beasts.

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