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Bullock, Hanks eyed for 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close': Report

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Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks have received offers to star in the adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Variety reports. The novel, published in 2005, is set in 2003 and narrated by 9-year-old Oskar Schell, a precocious New York City kid whose father died in 9/11. As EW wrote when reviewing it: “In a vase high in his father’s closet, Oskar finds a key in an envelope on which someone has scrawled ‘Black.’ Armed with iodine tablets (in case of a dirty bomb attack) and Juicy Juice boxes, Oskar sets out to visit, on foot, every Black in the New York City phone book, hoping to find the lock that fits his father’s key. In the course of his travels, he meets a deaf 103-year-old war correspondent who hasn’t left his apartment in 24 years, a dotty widow who lives on the observation deck of the Empire State Building, and a silent stranger who turns out to be his own long-lost grandfather…. a treasure: Oskar’s wonderfully unquiet brain and his sweet soul, his ageless questions, silly school jokes, uncanny observations, and raw misery, all of which bring home a little more of the specific human pain of 9/11.” Three-time Oscar nominee Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliott) is attached to direct, and Eric Roth (an Oscar winner for Forrest Gump) has been tapped to write the screenplay. Warner Bros. and Paramount have not yet officially greenlit the film, to be produced by Oscar winner Scott Rudin (No County for Old Men), Variety reports. Nor have Bullock and Hanks entered formal negotiations.