Oscar-winner Tom Hanks is set to star in a new Paramount Pictures and Mattel Films feature based on the action figure Major Matt Mason.
Mason is an astronaut who lives and works on the moon, and deals with both a space crew and various alien allies and villains. Akiva Goldsman (“Angels & Demons”) will adapt the script from a short story about the character from Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon.
A 3D CG animated film based on the toy series was announced in 2011 with Hanks and Graham Yost co-writing the script. Attempts were made to get Robert Zemeckis to direct that film but ultimately the project never panned out.
Hanks is currently promoting “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” in Toronto while Chabon is serving as showrunner of the upcoming “Star Trek: Picard” series.