Hanks is going back in time again with In the Garden of Beasts, a film adaptation of Erik Larson’s best-selling non-fiction book that examines the early days (re: pre-W.W. II) of Nazi Germany. Universal has set up the project to be produced by Hanks and Gary Goetzman (The Silence of the Lambs, Beloved) through the pair’s Playtone banner.
says that Hanks is also eying In the Garden of Beasts as a potential starring vehicle. The man has recently been working on the Wachowski siblings’ adaptation and will next appear in Paul Greengrass’ adaptation, which is slated to begin shooting by February 2012. However, all things considered, Hanks’ schedule should be relatively open by the time the Garden of Beasts project is actually ready to begin production.
Long Review: At the very end of In the Garden of Beasts, after the conclusion and notes and even the index, there is a short and eerie epigraph from author Christopher Isherwood, from his1962 book Down There on a Visit. It reads: