According to The Hollywood Reporter, Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are partnering with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment's Sidney Kimmel to produceThe Great Buck Howard, starring Colin Hanks. Kevin Kline is in negotiations to also star in the movie, which follows the foibles of a down-on-his-luck magician/illusionist and his assistant as they re-invigorate his career.

Tom Hanks will make a special appearance in the film playing his son Colin's on-screen father. The project is to be directed by Sean McGinly (Two Days) from his screenplay.

Kimmel's SKE will finance the feature along with Film & Entertainment VIP Medienfonds, with pre-production scheduled to begin in June and principal photography in September.