The three top people behind the beloved Oscar-winning 1994 film Forrest Gump are reteaming for the first time since that project, as reported by Variety. Actor Tom Hanks, director Robert Zemeckis, and writer Eric Roth are working on an adaptation of Richard McGuire’s 2014 graphic novel Here, which is set in one room and follows the many things and peoples who have been in it over hundreds of thousands of years.
This is the first time that all three men have worked together since Forrest Gump, which won six Oscars, including Best Actor for Hanks, Best Director for Zemeckis, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Roth. Hanks and Zemeckis have collaborated a few times, starting with Cast Away in 2000, The Polar Express in 2004, Finch last year, which Zemeckis did not direct but produced, and next on the upcoming live-action Pinocchio remake. Roth wrote the screenplay for a 2011 Best Picture nominee, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, that starred Hanks.
Forrest Gump led Hanks to his second consecutive Oscar victory, following Philadelphia the year before. Since then, he has racked up three additional Oscar nominations and appeared in a handful of Best Picture nominees, including Captain Phillips, Bridge of Spies, and The Post. Zemeckis has directed a few films, most notably Flight, The Walk, and Allied. Roth just earned his sixth Oscar bid for Best Adapted Screenplay for penning Dune, and his next project is Killers of the Flower Moon, from director Martin Scorsese.
Here is set to be produced by Playtone and ImageMovers, and CAA brokered the auction package. Hanks has had a busy week, appearing in the newly-released trailer for Elvis and having his English-language remake of A Man Called Ove acquired by Sony Pictures for a whopping $60 million, the largest-ever deal at the virtual European Film Market.