Hanks co-writes, co-produces, directs, and stars in Larry Crowne, a romantic comedy also starring Julia Roberts about a middle aged man who goes back to school to better educate himself after losing his job. The film was a critical and box office failure.
Hanks co-directs the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers with Steven Spielberg. The show chronicles the 101st Airborne Division thought training, Europe, and the end of World War II.
What we’re doing with Band of Brothers is trying to put it into human terms, so it is not just a flickering, black and white myth on a screen, it is a resonant story. I want the audience to recognize themselves in these men. They’re not just mythic heroes.
Hanks executive produced, co-wrote and co-directed the HBO docudrama From Earth to the Moon, as 12 part series chronicling the space program from it’s inception to the moon landings.
In his directing debut, Hanks writes and co-stars as a music producer in a film about a 1960’s one hit wonder band in That Thing You Do! The film spawned a number one hit with That Thing You Do by the Wonders, the band featured in the film.
That’s whats nice about directing a film and having it done: There’s nothing more I can do about it. It’s done. That’s it. All I can do is let it go and hope that people are kind to it.