MAJOR MATT MASON Moves Forward with Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis

     October 15, 2012

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After tooling around with motion-capture for the last decade, director Robert Zemeckis makes his return to live-action this year with the drama Flight.  It’s a welcome change for the Back to the Future filmmaker, and it now looks like he plans on sticking with non-rubber faced people for the time being as Tom Hanks has provided a promising update on the space adventure Major Matt Mason.  The 3D pic is an adaptation of the popular action figure and will star Hanks as the titular Mason, an astronaut trapped on a moon base with a group of people.  The story is one of survival, as the film won’t feature any aliens or antagonists.

Major Matt Mason has been in development for some time, and last we heard Zemeckis was in talks to direct the pic.  Now it looks like things are finally moving forward, as Hanks has co-written the screenplay and is now on the hunt for buyers.  Hit the jump for more.

tom-hanks-major-matt-masonSpeaking with the folks at The Wrap, Hanks revealed that he “started tinkering with the story after Larry Crowne.”  He has co-written the screenplay with Graham Yost (Justified) and plans to star with Zemeckis directing.  Universal is onboard to handle the domestic rights, and now the project is being shopped to buyers in anticipation of the American Film Market.

The film would mark a welcome reunion between Zemeckis and Hanks, who previously teamed up on Cast Away, The Polar Express, and of course Forrest Gump.  The Matt Mason story actually sounds a bit like Cast Away only with a group of people instead of one man, so it’ll be interesting to see what the duo has in store.  My mind is already racing at the thought of the ambitious craziness that Zemeckis will likely dream-up for the moon-set survival story, so hopefully this one comes together soon.

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