Academy Award winner Tom Hanks will be heading to space as Mattel Films and Paramount Pictures team up for a live-action film based on 1960s toy Major Matt Mason.
Hanks will play the lead role while The Da Vinci Code scribe Akiva Goldsman will pen the film. This will be Hanks and Goldsman's third collaboration after The Da Vinci Code and its sequel Angels and Demons. The basis for the film will be a short story by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon, who is known for his work on such books as The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay as well as The Yiddish Policemen's Union.
Created during the 1960s space race, Major Matt Mason is an astronaut living and working on the moon. The toy's popularity resulted in a line filled with supporting characters and alien allies and foes. This is just the latest version of the project, as in 2012 Hanks worked on a Major Matt Mason film with writer Graham Yost and director Robert Zemeckis. It's unclear what relation that film might have to this one aside from the inclusion of Hanks.
This film will be Hank's latest foray into space exploration. He produced the miniseries From the Earth to the Moon as well as the documentary Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D. Hanks also played Commander Jim Lovell in 1995's Apollo 13.