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Tom Hanks Drinks Starbucks

Published March 28, 2006 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Dreamworks
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Though now every time we hear the name Tom Hanks it is quickly followed with The Da Vinci Code, the actor is already at work lining up his next gig.

Tom Hanks in How Starbucks Saved My Life


According to Variety, Universal Pictures has made a six-figure acquisition of How Starbucks Saved My Life based on a 102-page proposal. The picture house already has Gus Van Sant in line to direct and Tom Hanks to star.

The book, titled the same name, will be published by Penguin imprint Gotham Books. The story is a memoir by Michael Gates Gill, a former J. Walter Thompson exec who found himself down and out when he was downsized out of a job.

In his 60s and in a personal tailspin because of an affair that ended his marriage, Gill saw his luck change when he entered a Starbucks and walked out with a job offer from the store's manager, giving his life new purpose.

I don't know how going from an executive position to a coffee maker can 'save' your life, but I guess we will have to wait to find out.

Maybe it was all the caffeine.



Though the book has yet to be written, the proposal slipped out in New York last week and Universal Pictures was one of many studios that felt Starbucks was a great blueprint for a film. According to them, the subject matter of mature execs having to start relates well in today's society.

If not, Universal Pictures is bound to get some free Frappuccinos out of this deal.

Stay tuned for updates.


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