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Tom Hanks to Produce Adaptation of Erik Larson's IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS

movie news | 29 Nov 2011 | 2 comments

Hanks to stroll ‘In The Garden of Beasts.’

THR reports that Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to Erik Larson’s nonfiction best-seller ‘In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin,’ with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman set to produce via their Playtone banner.

Larson’s book, published earlier this year, tells the true tale of William Dodd, a professor from Chicago who became the United States ambassador to Berlin in 1933. Dodd and his family were initially oblivious to the mounting brutality surrounding them in Nazi Germany. His vivacious socialite daughter Martha even had numerous affairs with the city's elite, among which was Rudolph Diels, first chief of the Gestapo.

According to THR, Hanks is eyeing the project as a potential starring vehicle. There is currently no writer or director attached.


  • Mr_Twist

    sounds like a grat movie and so long as hanks stays clear i'll be up for this. Ive had my fill of Tom recently

  • ssconnolly

    Very interesting story. Agree with Twist, hope Hanks doesn't star or direct this one.

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