We’ve seen Tom Hanks save Private Ryan, run across the United States because he just felt like running, and jump on a really big floor piano. Now, watch Hanks survive alone… again.
Twenty years after the release of Cast Away (2000), Hanks will be alone again – this time portraying the last man on Earth in Bios. The project re-teams Hanks with Cast Away director Robert Zemeckis, who’s producing this time around in his return to sci-fi.
Deadline provides a synopsis of the film:
Hanks will portray Finch, the last man on earth, who decides he must plan for the worst by building a robot that could care for his dog if in the event of his death. The canine is the only thing in the world that Finch truly loves. His challenge, however, is programming the robot to “love” the dog and teaching the dog to accept the strange synthetic newcomer as a member of their pack.
Much like his role in Cast Away, Hanks will have non-human company, but this time the stakes are higher; he’ll be navigating a post-apocalyptic Earth with a robot and a dog instead of an island with a volleyball. The robot will likely be a much stronger presence than Wilson, and it will be interesting to see how Finch’s relationship with the robot develops.
Details on what leads Finch to this precarious situation haven’t been released, but the team working on the film make it sound like a promising ride. Bios will be directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who won an Emmy for directing Game of Thrones (2011) episode “Battle of the Bastards.” Ivor Powell (Blade Runner) and Craig Luck (Annihilation) are the film’s writers.
Hanks and Zemeckis both won Oscars for Forrest Gump (1994). Zemeckis’s sci-fi credits include films like Back to the Future (1985) and Contact (1997), and he’s known for pushing boundaries with visual effects in his work, particularly in projects like The Polar Express (2004), Beowulf (2007), and A Christmas Carol (2009). When you also consider credits in Zemeckis’s filmography like What Lies Beneath (2000), Death Becomes Her (1992), and episodes of Tales from the Crypt (1989), the direction Bios could take with a post-apocalyptic setting becomes even more intriguing.
While the film’s synopsis states that Hanks is “the last man on Earth,” Zemeckis also said, “[He] may or may not be the last human survivor on the planet.” With a tease like that, it seems like a safe bet that Hanks isn’t completely alone, but we’ll have to wait to find out.