Tom Hanks guns for Afghanistan, WWII projects. The ?Saving Private Ryan? star chooses his battles for a new film role and a 10-part miniseries

By Liane Bonin
July 21, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

After ”Band of Brothers” and ”Saving Private Ryan,” you?d think Tom Hanks would have had his fill of all things military. Wrong. According to Variety, the actor-producer has two new war-mongering projects afoot: a 10-part WWII miniseries and a film about a not-so-long-ago Afghanistan.

Hanks has reteamed with his ”Brother” co-executive producer Steven Spielberg for yet another WWII HBO miniseries, this time focusing on the drama in the Pacific theater. Unlike ”Band,” which was based on the book by Stephen Ambrose, this project will be an original work. But just like the Emmy-winning series, this project will have a movie-sized budget of more than $100 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

If that isn?t enough blood and guts for Hanks, he?s also optioned the book ”Charlie Wilson?s War.” ”War” details how Wilson, a Texas congressman, convinced the CIA to train Afghani resistance fighters in their battle against Soviet troops, a move that ultimately helped end the Cold War but also provided the Taliban with arms and equipment to battle American soldiers many years later. Hanks plans to star as ”Good Time Charlie” Wilson, an alcoholic and womanizer whose career almost ended following a cocaine-fueled, Vegas showgirl-stuffed hot tub party. At least that?s more fun than sitting in a muddy foxhole.