While Tom Hanks has fielded a wide variety of roles over his storied onscreen career, there’s one thing he’s yet to tackle: a proper sci-fi film. However, that will soon change, since the megastar will headline one such project, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi film, called Bios. Moreover, he’s got a director in tow whose star is surging, thanks to his phenomenal work on Game of Thrones.
Bios will, despite the new genre, put Hanks into a familiar dynamic, depicting him as a lonely isolated protagonist (à la Cast Away) who, in this case, is the last man on Earth. Here, however, Hanks’s character is setting off on a cross-country post-apocalyptic journey alongside a robot that he created to protect his pet dog.
Bios Release Date
Bios has just booked the date of October 2, 2020 for its debut.
Interestingly, that date selection might be at the film’s own peril, since Fox has already marked 10/2/20 for a yet-to-be-announced Marvel movie.
Hanks is attached to Bios as its star, reported Variety. The project – a spec package penned by Craig Luck, rewritten by Ivor Powell – had apparently been shopped around, with Amblin expected acquire it (with Legendary and Warner nipping at its heels). The story, set on a post-apocalyptic Earth, will see Hanks playing the dying creator of a robot protagonist that was created to care for the creator’s dog in the imminent event of his death. However, the film will showcase the robot’s personal journey, said to be fixated on the discovery of “love, friendship and the meaning of life.”
Game of Thrones fans, however, may take the fact that director Miguel Sapochnik is attached to assume the helm of Bios as the story’s buried lede. Sapochnik has been impressing audiences of the HBO quasi-medieval global television juggernaut, credited for envisioning some of the most epic battles ever showcased on television, notably with Season 7’s “The Winds of Winter,” and Season 6 episodes “Battle of the Bastards” (for which he won an Emmy,) and “Hardhome.” (He is set to return for the eighth and final season.) Sapochnik also directed several one-off episodes of prominent series such as Iron Fist, Masters of Sex, True Detective, Extant, Under the Dome, Revolution, Banshee, Fringe, Falling Skies and had a six-episode run helming House. He also helmed the 2010 Jude Law/Forest Whitaker-starring sci-fi action film, Repo Men.
For star Tom Hanks, Bios will be added to a film backlog that includes Steven Spielberg-directed journalism drama The Post, along with war drama Greyhound and comedy A Man Called Ove. He’s also set to reprise his voice role as Woody in 2019’s Toy Story 4. Last fall he reprised his SNL character, David S. Pumpkins (via voice), in animated TV movie The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special.
Bios certainly sounds like an intriguing sci-fi turn for Tom Hanks and we’ll be sure to keep you updated as the project develops.