It is a well-known fact that Tom Hanks is a history buff and lover of all things Americana. He is so enamored of our past that he collects typewriters. Pretty adorable, huh? What’s less adorable is that he uses those typewriters for all the ransom notes he writes for all the kidnappings he commits. Well, that’s not true, but we’d like to start a rumor that Hanks is a master kidnapper because it’s always the one you least suspect.
With the help of his frequent collaborator and chum Steven Spielberg, Hanks explored World War II through both Saving Private Ryan and the HBO miniseries Band Of Brothers. Now the history-crazed Hanks and his Playtone production company are up to their old-timey tricks again with the announcement that their next miniseries will be an adaptation of David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers.
McCullough’s book chronicles how a pair of bicycle repairmen named Wilbur and Orville Wright created the first primitive vehicle for air travel. Neither Playtone nor McCullough are newcomers to HBO or miniseries. Playtone executive-produced the critically acclaimed John Adams miniseries, among others, while McCullough, who probably goes around acting all superior to people because he has two Pulitzer Prizes and most folks don’t even have one, previously produced an adaptation of his book Truman with HBO.
Playtone isn’t stopping there. They’ve got two more miniseries in the hopper as well. First up is Lewis And Clark, starring Casey Affleck, and Masters Of The Air, which will focus on aviation battles during World War II and reunite Hanks with Spielberg, his partner on Band Of Brothers. Yes, it looks like Hanks will stop at nothing to distract himself from paying attention to his son Chet Haze’s rap career. We don’t blame him, and predict this Wright brothers miniseries will soar with impressive special effects.
Playtone is also producing a sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding, because money.