Tom Hanks to Blast Back into Space
The "Apollo 13" star and space buff, 46, is teaming with the widescreen Imax people to mount "Magnificent Desolation," a 3-D documentary that will attempt to give moviegoers a life-like experience of visiting the moon, Variety reports.
The title comes from astronaut Buzz Aldrin's description of the sensation he experienced during the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Hanks's production company, Playtone, will produce the movie, which he will also narrate. The project developed after Imax's recent re-launch of "Apollo 13" on the super-big screen.
"When we showed Tom the footage that ("Apollo 13" director) Ron Howard and (producer) Brian Grazer approved, Tom said it was time to act on his dream to do this documentary about what people did and thought while they were actually on the moon," Imax Filmed Entertainment's Greg Foster tells the trade paper.
"He said the stories have all been about how hard it was to get there and back, never about what it felt like to be there."
The movie will utilize NASA footage of the 12 men who walked on the moon between 1969 and 1972, still photographs by Michael Light and voiceover footage and commentary compiled by scholar Eric Jones, says Variety.