Now that Sandra Bullock is an Oscar winning actress she can’t just be signing onto any old rom-com that comes her way, and she has been taking her time deciding what her first post-Oscar role will be. Luckily for Bullock it won’t be a sub-par action movie, as she is in talks to join Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close with director Stephen Daldry.
Daldry is a rare filmmaker who has been nominated for a best directing Oscar for every feature he has made, and not only did The Reader and The Hours gain Best Picture nominations, they also gave Kate Winslet and Nicole Kidman their Oscars.
It makes sense that Bullock would want to work with him, and according to indieWire Tom Hanks is also in talks for a role.
Bullock and Hanks will take on the parents of a brainy nine-year-old vegan/scientist/artist/pacifist who searches for a lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died the year before in the North Tower on September 11, 2001. His father’s parents also recount how they met and married and lived through World War II. The filmmakers are just starting the search for their young lead as they prep a mid-to-late January start in New York City.
The book was one of the first American novels to incorporate the September 11 events into the plot, and has been adapted by Forrest Gump screenwriter Eric Roth. Just about everyone involved so far either has an Oscar or has been nominated for a few, so it may be a contender in the future.
Warner Bros. and Paramount are producing, although it has not yet been determined which studio will distribute to the domestic or foreign markets, and no green-light has been given yet. If Bullock and Hanks sign on that will no doubt change.