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Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan Reunite For 'Ithaca'

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 29, 2014 6:34 PM
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The younger readers out there may not remember how much of a box office powerhouse Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan once were. What started as playful chemistry in "Joe Versus The Volanco," erupted into a pair of romantic comedy classics, "Sleepless In Seattle" and "You've Got Mail." Now, sixteen years after they traded emails on the big screen, Hanks and Ryan are back together again, though not quite in the capacity you might expect.

Tom Hanks is set to produce "Ithaca," the directorial debut of Meg Ryan. Based on the novel "The Human Comedy" by William Saroyan, and adapted by Erik Jendresen ("Band of Brothers"), the film tells the story of 14-year-old Homer Macauley, who is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen. His older brother has gone to war leaving Homer to look after his widowed mother, his older sister and his 4-year-old brother, Ulysses. And so it is that as spring turns to summer, 1942, Homer Macauley delivers messages of love, hope, pain and death to the good people of Ithaca. And Homer Macauley will grapple with one message that will change him forever - from a boy into a man.

Ryan will star alongside Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith and Jack Quaid, with production to get underway this summer.

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  • sam | January 29, 2014 10:30 PMReply

    You've Got Mail is a classic now?

  • DJ | January 29, 2014 9:19 PMReply

    I assumed this would be another cloying rom-com about two rival college professors on the campus of Cornell.

  • DJ | January 30, 2014 5:46 PM

    Cloying rom-coms do in the droves, yes. Plug in "rival professors" for "rival bookstore owners" and you get the picture..

  • baby | January 30, 2014 1:54 PM

    Cause that exists?

  • 232 | January 29, 2014 6:45 PMReply

    By that description, I feel like this is a movie that should already exist, and was made in 1995 ------- also, massively misleading headline, very obnoxious

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