Tom Hanks and Tom Tykwer last collaborated on the ambitious adaptation of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas to disappointing box office results. Here’s hoping a second run will prove more fruitful. Hanks and Tykwer are teaming up to adapt the Dave Eggers novel, A Hologram for the King. The story centers on a failed American businessman (Hanks) who travels to an up-and-coming Saudi Arabian city for one last chance at success, which is his last hope to keep his fracturing family together. Tykwer adapted the novel and will direct. Hit the jump for more.
Deadline reported on the news that Hanks and Tykwer would take on A Hologram for the King. Hanks will next play the title role in Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips on October 11th, and he plays Walt Disney in John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks alongside Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell, with Disney releasing the film just in time for awards qualification on December 20th.
Here’s the novel’s synopsis (via Amazon):
In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman named Alan Clay pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together.