Tom Hanks Brings ‘Berlin Noir’ To HBO

Hanks and HBO are looking to adapt Philip Kerr's novels into a TV series.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

After an association of almost twenty five years, Tom Hanks and HBO may soon team up again on a new "prestige series."

According to Deadline, Hanks and his business partner Gary Goetzman at Playtone are working with HBO to acquire the rights to Philip Kerr's "Berlin Noir" novels as a potential show on HBO. The "Berlin Noir" TV series would center on German Police Detective Bernie Gunther and follow his story through the 1930s and into the the early years of World War II before eventually taking place after the war and laying the foundations of the Cold War in a divided Germany.

Kerr has reportedly turned down previous offers to adapt "Berlin Noir" as a feature film, but "Game of Thrones" was held up as a model of HBO's ability to adapt dense novels into blockbuster TV series.

Hanks' previous projects with HBO have largely been for special event miniseries, like "From the Earth to the Moon" in 1998, "Band of Brothers" in 2001, "John Adams" in 2008 and "The Pacific" in 2010. However, Hanks was also an executive producer of "Big Love," which ran for five seasons.


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