How prescient. Tom Hanks is attached to produce, along with his Playtone partner Gary Goetzman, the film adaptation of the new Dave Eggers novel The Circle. While there’s no firm confirmation that Hanks will star in the film, it’s very much being touted as a starring vehicle for the actor so he’s attached in that capacity as well.
The rights to the project, adapted for the screen by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) go on the bidding block this Wednesday, brokered by both UTA and CAA. And the material actually sounds quite interesting. Definitely appropriate for an era where we use our fingerprints to pay for things. Hit the jump for more on The Circle.
Deadline broke the news that Tom Hanks is involved in the project. Here’s the official synopsis for the The Circle:
When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.
Sounds fairly contemporary, doesn’t it?