Tom Hanks to Produce and Maybe Star in Adaptation of Dave Eggers's The Circle
Tom Hanks is attached to produce and possibly star in an upcoming adaptation of The Circle, a dystopian novel by Dave Eggers. There has been no official confirmation that he will appear in the film, but it is being publicized as a "starring vehicle" for Hanks, so it seems likely.
The novel, which follows a new employee of a Facebook/Google conglomerate, is certainly timely, as it depicts a near-future version of our world in which privacy is slowly stripped away in favor of convenience. But first of all, the main character is a woman, and the male supporting characters wouldn't get very much screentime in a faithful adaptation, although it's possible that one of the villains' roles could be expanded for Hanks a la Meryl Streep in The Giver. Also, despite its relatable premise, there aren't all that many actual events that occur in the novel, which would mean that significant liberties would probably need to be taken in order to make it a successful Hollywood film. But on the plus side, The Spectacular Now's James Ponsoldt wrote the script and is set to direct, and if anyone can pull it off, it's probably him.
The official synopsis for the book reads: "When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency... Mae can't believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world-even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman's ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge."