With his new true story adaptation Sully currently playing in theaters, Tom Hanks is lining up his next project, entitled Greyhound. The actor has written the script for Greyhound, and is eyeing the starring role, with Get Low director Aaron Schneider coming aboard to take the helm. Nothing is set in stone at this time, but Tom Hanks' Playtone Pictures is reportedly in talks with FilmNation to provided financing for this drama.
Deadline first reported on this project, which will center on a longtime Naval officer who finally gets to command his own Navy destroyer in World War II. He must fight off his own demons and self-doubts to prove to himself that he belongs in command, while an enemy commander is going through a similar experience. The title of the movie is taken from the name of the ship itself.
Tom Hanks will produce alongside his Playtone Productions partner Gary Goetzman, with the budget said to be in the mid-$30 million range. It isn't known if this project is based on a true story or not, but Tom Hanks as previously played a number of characters who have been at the helm of various vessels. He has gone to space in Apollo 13, commanded the sea-faring vessel that got hijacked by pirates in Captain Phillips and he plays the pilot behind the "Miracle on the Hudson", Chesley Sullenberger in Sully.
While he's naturally best known for acting, Tom Hanks is no stranger to both writing and directing. He made his feature writing and directing debut with 1996's That Thing You Do, which he also starred in, but he also directed episodes of Tales From the Crypt and A League of Their Own TV series before that. He also wrote, directed and starred in the 2011 drama Larry Crowne, along with an episode of Band of Brothers.
Tom Hanks will next be seen on the big screen reprising his role as Robert Langdon in Inferno, directed by Ron Howard. He also stars in The Circle for director James Ponsoldt, which also stars Emma Watson, which doesn't have a release date set at this time. He is also returning to voice the iconic Woody in Disney Pixar's Toy Story 4, which is set for release on June 15, 2018. No release date or production schedule was announced yet for Greyhound.