Tom Hanks will re-team with his “Captain Phillips” director Paul Greengrass who is in negotiations to helm “News of the World” at Fox 2000. Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producing.
Luke Davies (“Lion”) penned the adaptation of the Paulette Jiles novel which is set in the aftermath of the Civil War and tells of a widowed news reader who travels across Texas announcing the news of the times.
He sets out to deliver a young orphan girl, whose parents were killed by a Native American tribe who then raised her as their own, to her family in San Antonio. The pair travels 400 miles through dangerous terrain, slowly developing a bond that will be tested when he has to give her up to abusive relatives.