The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece

A novel

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Publisher Description

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."

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2023
May 9
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
448
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
44.6
MB

Customer Reviews

JakeVanks ,

A Love Letter To Art

For the first 40 or so pages I wasn’t totally sure where this was going. Then it all clicked and I just was loving the ride.

ChattaGrannie ,

Loved it!

Tom Hanks is being criticized for the amount of detail in this novel. But if you are a film fan, it is fascinating to read every single word about the art & the business of movie-making. His characters and their stories are the threads that, woven together, make the reader understand a little about the way things work -or don’t - in Hollywood.

frenchy0674 ,

Stick to acting, Tom . .

I had high hopes for this book, especially after reading about Ernie and his son Robbie. But half way through, the plot went flat. Way too much detail, jumping around . . not a consistent time line. And characters? Again, too many and too much detail. Wondering if the details was just fluff to add to the word count, increasing the total number of pages. Half way through, I deleted the book. Wish I could get my money back. But, I wouldn’t miss any movie with Tom Hanks!

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