This sounds promising – Tom Hanks is set to star, and Tom Tykwer is set to direct A Hologram For the King. Familiar with the title? Of course you are, we’re talking about an adaptation of Dave Eggers‘ novel of the same name which revolves around a struggling businessman who heads to a rising Saudi Arabian city to do something memorable with his life.
So, from Cloud Atlas to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? Yep, that’s exactly what we’re talking about – Tykwer adapted the book and will direct the movie, while Hanks and his Playtone partner Gary Goetzman will produce with Stefan Arndt, Uwe Schott and Tykwer of X Filme Creative Pool.
As we mentioned above, Hanks is on board to play a struggling businessman who heads to a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, where he pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great.
Dave Eggers‘ novel (published last year) was a finalist for the National Book Award, and just in case you want even more details about the whole thing, here’s a description of the book:
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 in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment—and a moving story of how we got here.
We’re definitely interested in more updates, in case you share our enthusiasm about this project – stay tuned!