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Tom Hanks and director Tom Tykwer are reuniting after last year’s “Cloud Atlas” to bring Dave Eggers’s novel A Hologram For The King to the big screen. The story follows struggling businessman Alan Clay, who heads to a rising Saudi Arabian city in a last-ditch effort to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and do something memorable.
Eggers debut, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Quickly establishing a signature voice -- which in Eggers's case is chock-full of irony, empathy, and dark humor -- he has since branched out and written fiction and screenplays, even working with Spike Jonze on “Where the Wild Things Are.” He also founded the popular independent publishing house McSweeney’s. Best known for it’s quarterly literary journal, McSweeney's has published works from Michael Chabon, Stephen King, David Foster Wallace, and Joyce Carol Oates, as well as helped to launch the careers of writers like Phillipp Meyer and Rebecca Curtis.
Hanks has been busy at work, starring in Nora Ephron’s posthumous play “Lucky Guy,” which earned him a Tony nomination this year. German-born Tykwer received international fame with his exhilarating 1998 film, “Run Lola Run.” Since then, he's worked on “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer,” “The International,” and “Cloud Atlas,” which he co-directed with Lana and Andy Wachowski. "Cloud Atlas" was based on a novel of the same name by author David Mitchell.
With an accomplished writer, an adept director, and one of the most prolific American actors all behind one project, "Hologram For The King" is certainly something to look forward to.