Image Nation Abu Dhabi to fund Tom Hanks film 'The Circle'
A Dave Eggers adaptation
Image Nation Abu Dhabi has announced that it will provide full financing, in association with Parkes MacDonald Productions, for American filmmaker James Ponsoldt’s film adaptation of Dave Egger’s novel – The Circle, which will also be co-produced by Tom Hanks. The project marks Hanks’ second collaboration with celebrated writer, Eggers, following the release of A Hologram for the King. Hanks is set to star in the film alongside Alicia Vikander (our girl of the week and Louis Vuitton's new face – more on that here)
The Circle is set in an undefined future time and follows the story of Mae Holland, a young woman hired to work for the world’s most powerful internet company – the Circle. Run out of a sprawling California campus, the Circle has subsumed all the tech companies we know of now, linking users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.
“The Circle is a fantastic modern day thriller that shines a light on the role of the Internet and our own identities in a world of increasing transparency and privacy issues,” the CEO of Image Nation, Michael Garin, said as the announcement was made. “Image Nation’s international projects have helped subsidise and build our local industry here in Abu Dhabi and the region, while creating opportunities for our local talent to work on large scale international productions and this film will help continue that effort,” Garin added.
Shooting for The Circle will start in August in California, so a release date is a while away. Until then, Image Nation and Parkes MacDonald Productions have also partnered on an upcoming documentary, He Named Me Malala, which follows the story of Nobel Prize winning, Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan for her outspoken view on young girls rights to education. We expect to see a release for this later this year.