“Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail” duo Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are set to re-team for “Ithaca” on which Ryan makes her directorial debut.
Adapted from William Saroyan’s novel “The Human Comedy,” the story is set in 1942 in a small California town where a fourteen-year-old teen is determined to be the best bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen.
His older brother has gone to war, leaving him to look after his widowed mother, his older sister and his 4-year-old brother. He also struggles with a message that will change him forever.
Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith and Jack Quaid also star. Erik Jendresen (“Band Of Brothers”) wrote the screenplay while Janet Brenner, Laura Ivey, Ryan and Jendresen are producing.
Hanks and Gary Goetzman will executive produce. Filming aims to begin this summer.