Robert Zemeckis is dipping a toe back into sci-fi production, and he’s bringing Mr. Tom Hanks along for the ride. Zemeckis, who memorably directed Hanks in Cast Away, will be producing an upcoming feature film called Bios, which will star Hanks as the only survivor left on Earth after some kind of terrible catastrophe. “It’s set in a post-apocalytptic world and Tom Hanks may or may not be the last human survivor on the planet.” As Spielberg noted, a sci-fi movie with the inherent heart provided by the presence of Tom Hanks makes Bios “Very much an Amblin movie.” He went on to say that he could think of “No one more perfect to embody this story about the meaning of being human than Tom Hanks.” High praise indeed, but pretty much what you’d expect, given connections like Saving Private Ryan and The Post. According to Deadline, “Hanks will portray Finch, the last man on earth, who decides he must plan for the worst by building a robot that could care for his dog if in the event of his death. The canine is the only thing in the world that Finch truly loves. His challenge is programming the robot to”love” the dog and teaching the dog to accept the strange synthetic newcomer as a member of their pack. Zemeckis said the following about working with both Hanks and Sapochnik. “We have a terrific shorthand,” he said, referring to Hanks.

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