Hanks, the producer, and Ryan, the director and star of the new film.
The director of the movie is going to be none other than the actress Meg Ryan herself. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced plans to shoot the Meg Ryan directed Tom Hanks film in the state on Friday, along with casting calls for hopeful actors and all the other trappings of tinsel town, reports Richmond’s CBS 6:
“We couldn’t be happier that Meg Ryan has chosen Virginia as the location for her directorial debut,” Governor McAuliffe said in a statement. “We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks on this film about an important time in American history.”
The Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan film, titled Ithaca, is based on a 1942 book by William Saroyan.
From IMDb, we get the following description:
“In a small town in California’s San Joaquin Valley, 14-year-old Homer Macauley is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen. His older brother has gone to war, leaving Homer to look after his widowed mother, his older sister and his 4-year-old brother, Ulysses. And so it is that as spring turns to summer, 1942, Homer Macauley delivers messages of love, hope, pain… and death… to the good people of Ithaca. And Homer Macauley will grapple with one message that will change him forever – from a boy into a man. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan’s 1943 novel, The Human Comedy, ITHACA is the quintessential wartime tale of the Home Front. It is a coming-of-age story about the exuberance of youth, the sweetness of life, the sting of death and the modesty and sheer goodness that lives in each and every one of us.”
The film will be eligible to receive a Virginia Film Tax Credit and Grant, according to a statement from the governor’s office. The exact amount will be based on Virginia workers hired, Virginia goods and services purchased, and factors such as how well the film promotes Virginia tourism.
In 2012, the economic impact of the film and television industry in Virginia totaled $328 million and provided 3,061 jobs and $50 million in tax revenue, the statement said.
Andy Edmunds, Director of the Virginia Film Office, said that the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan film supports the office’s mission of “bringing jobs to the commonwealth and expanding our workforce in television and film production.