tom hanks gary goetzman Tom Hanks' company announces 'American Idiot,' 'Major Matt Mason,' 'American Gods' projectsTom Hanks‘ Playtone Production Company is gearing up for some big new projects, Playtone partner Gary Goetzman (pictured above with Hanks) tells THR.

The first is “Major Matt Mason,” a screenplay written by Hanks that the company is in talks with Robert Zemeckis to produce. “Major” is based on a Mattel action figure and will be a live-action 3D movie about a family’s space travel adventures.

The second project is “American Gods,” a new open-ended series for HBO that will debut no earlier than 2013. At this time, the plan is to have six seasons, with each season having 10-12 episodes. The plots will center around figures from many religions – Greek and Nordic gods, even the capital-G God from Christianity – living in the contemporary United States. Goetzman promises the show will be heavy on the special effects.

“Gods” will be based on the award-winning book by Neil Gaiman of the same name. In Gaiman’s world, gods exist because people believe in them. Which means in this day and age, gods have sprung up that reflect technology, drugs, media and celebrity.

Finally, the Green Day musical “American Idiot” is going to get the big screen treatment. Michael Mayer is slated to direct and Billie Joe Armstrong is slated to reprise his Broadway St. Jimmy role. The movie is tentatively planned for a 2013 release.

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