Aspiring author Tom Hanks will publish his first novel next year – Rolling Stone

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aspiring author, and noted actor, Tom Hanks will publish his first novel, The making of another cinematic masterpieceMay 9, 2023.

The novel, as its title suggests, will revolve around something Hanks obviously knows well: making a movie. The plot, as featured on publisher Penguin Random House’s website, will span 80 years and be divided into three sections, starting in 1947 when a soldier returns from World War II. and has a brief but memorable encounter with his young nephew. , then disappears.

Part two picks up with the nephew in 1970s San Francisco, where he makes underground comics. After reconnecting with his long-lost uncle, the nephew recalls a superhero comic he read as a child and creates a new version of it based on his uncle’s experience during World War II. world. Smash cut to the present, a successful director finds the comic, decides to adapt it, and the rest of the novel dives into the making of this “cinematic masterpiece.”

In addition to writing the whole damn novel, Hanks also created three comic strips central to the book’s plot and interspersed them throughout the novel. Hanks wrote the comics, while famed comic book artist Robert Sikoryak provided the artwork.

“A movie’s source can go back as many years as it goes in history,” Hanks said (via People). “A story revolves around a single moment in someone’s life, then all the anecdotes of the current day magnify that moment. Going back to 1947 makes sense, as it would have started in, say, 1559. Human desire has proven to be timeless.

He added: “No one knows how a movie is made – although everyone thinks they do. I’ve done a ton of movies (and four of them are pretty good I think) and I am always amazed at the way films come together. From the flicker of an idea to the flickering image on screen, the whole process is a miracle.”

The making of another cinematic masterpiece marks Hanks’ second book, following his collection of short stories, Uncommon Typepublished in 2017.

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