Mark Romanek and Tom Hanks almost worked together before.
"Almost" is a big word in Romanek's filmography, unfortunately. He almost made "The Wolfman" before famously falling out of the film which went on to be troubled all the way through production.
And in 2005, he almost made "A Cold Case," which was written by no less than John Sayles and Eric Roth. Based on a novel, it was the story of Andy Rosenzweig, an investigator for the Manhattan DA's office, who became obsessed with two murders from 1970 that he is convinced were pinned on the wrong person.
Now it looks like there's a chance they'll finally collaborate, and this could be an important film for Romanek, commercially speaking. He needs it, too. As gifted as he is, and I believe he's enormously gifted, he has not been a successful filmmaker in terms of box-office so far. While he's arguably one of the most talented guys to ever work for Propaganda Films, his career since 2002's "One Hour Photo," featuring one of the best performances in Robin Williams's career, has been a slow-motion attempt to make smart films that just didn't quite come together. His third film was 2010's "Never Let Me Go," and it's a gorgeous, crushingly sad movie that was a hard sell for general audiences.