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The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece

By Tom Hanks and R. Sikoryak
The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece by Tom Hanks and R. Sikoryak digital book - Fable

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NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR • From the legendary actor and best-selling author: a novel about the making of a star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film...and the humble comic books that inspired it. Funny, touching, and wonderfully thought-provoking, while also capturing the changes in America and American culture since World War II.

"Wild, ambitious and exceptionally enjoyable." —Matt Haig, best-selling author The Midnight Library, The Humans and Reasons to Stay Alive

Part One of this story takes place in 1947. A troubled soldier, returning from the war, meets his talented five-year-old nephew, leaves an indelible impression, and then disappears for twenty-three years.

Cut to 1970: The nephew, now drawing underground comic books in Oakland, California, reconnects with his uncle and, remembering the comic book he saw when he was five, draws a new version with his uncle as a World War II fighting hero. 

Cut to the present day: A commercially successful director discovers the 1970 comic book and decides to turn it into a contemporary superhero movie.

Cue the cast: We meet the film’s extremely difficult male star, his wonderful leading lady, the eccentric writer/director, the producer, the gofer production assistant, and everyone else on both sides of the camera.

Bonus material: Interspersed throughout are three comic books that are featured in the story—all created by Tom Hanks himself—including the comic book that becomes the official tie-in to this novel’s "major motion picture masterpiece."

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Thumbs Up“Great story, great writing. I sometimes got lost in the story as it jumps around at times. Overall it was an enjoyable story.”
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Slightly Smiling Face“Admittedly, this book is dog-whistle perfect for my particular excitement and sensibilities. I adore Tom Hanks. I love his perspective on what it means to have character. And this story celebrates everything about filmmaking and the creative process that I love so much. It’s moving and inclusive, and thoughtful and funny—and completely unfilmable (which is possibly a happy accident, but hopefully it’s Hanks realizing that this tale is best suited for the novel form). It may seem overly wordy at times (if you’re not as deeply enthralled as I was), but Hanks is just trying to show that every little morsel of experience and inspiration and personality makes its contribution to the final product.”

About Tom Hanks

TOM HANKS has won Academy Awards for best actor for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. He has starred in, among many other films, Big, Sleepless in Seattle, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, Cast Away, Catch Me If You Can, Captain Phillips, Bridge of Spies, Sully, Toy Story, The Post, and It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker. He is also the author of a best-selling collection of stories, Uncommon Type.

R. Sikoryak is a cartoonist and an author based in New York City. His illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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