It’s fair to say that Tom Hanks has a certain interest in World War II, starring in “Saving Private Ryan,” and producing both “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific.” Now comes news that the Hanks will be returning to the time period as he and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone has acquired the rights to the nonfiction book “In the Garden of Beasts.”
The book focuses on the United States’ ambassador to Berlin in 1933, William Dodd, whose daughter took quickly to the city’s social life, carrying on affairs with both a member of the Gestapo and a Soviet agent. The Hollywood Reporter explains that while “Dodd and his family at first naively navigated life in Nazi Germany…they slowly gained awareness of the mounting brutality around them.”
The book’s full title is “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin,” came out this past May and was written by Erik Larson, who also penned “The Devil and the White City,” which is currently being developed by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way group. As of right now, Hanks is signed on to produce “In the Garden of Beasts,” and is reportedly considering starring in the film as well.