News of the World (film)

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News of the World
Directed byPaul Greengrass
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based onNews of the World
by Paulette Jiles
  • Tom Hanks
CinematographyDariusz Wolski
Edited byWilliam Goldenberg
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • December 25, 2020 (2020-12-25) (United States)
CountryUnited States

News of the World is an upcoming drama film directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks.

It is scheduled to be released on December 25, 2020, by Universal Pictures.


A travelling newsreader is tasked with bringing an orphaned girl to her living relatives in the aftermath of the American Civil War.



In May 2017, Fox 2000 bought distribution rights to an adaptation of the Paulette Jiles novel with Luke Davies writing the screenplay and Tom Hanks set to star.[1] It was announced in February 2019 Paul Greengrass was slated to direct the film.[2] As a result of the Disney/Fox merger, the film was transferred to Universal Pictures.[3] In August, Helena Zengel, Michael Covino, and Fred Hechinger were added to the cast, with Thomas Francis Murphy joining in September.[4][5][6][7]

Filming commenced on September 2, 2019, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.[8]


It is scheduled to be released on December 25, 2020.[9]


  1. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (May 11, 2017). "Fox 2000 Wins Tom Hanks-Luke Davies 'News Of The World' Package". Deadline Hollywood.
  2. ^ Lang, Brent (February 6, 2019). "Paul Greengrass Circling 'News of the World' With Tom Hanks (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  3. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (April 9, 2019). "Tom Hanks-Paul Greengrass 'News Of The World' Moves From Fox 2000 To Universal". Deadline.
  4. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 26, 2019). "Helena Zengel To Star Opposite Tom Hanks In Universal's 'News Of The World'". Deadline.
  5. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 30, 2019). "'The Climb's Michael Covino Joins Universal's Tom Hanks Pic 'News Of The World'". Deadline.
  6. ^ Sneider, Jeff (August 27, 2019). "Exclusive: Tom Hanks Movie 'News of the World' Adds Rising Star Fred Hechinger". Collider.
  7. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 24, 2019). "Tom Hanks Movie 'News Of The World' Adds Thomas Francis Murphy". Deadline.
  8. ^ "News of the World". Production List | Film & Television Industry Alliance. July 8, 2019.
  9. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 25, 2019). "Tom Hanks & Paul Greengrass Reteam 'News Of The World' Opening Christmas 2020". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 25, 2019.

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