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Abu Dhabi to finance Tom Hanks film

Image Nation will fully fund upcoming thriller 'The Circle' about the threats in a digital age

Abu Dhabi to finance Tom Hanks film
Actor and Co-producer of The Circle, Tom Hanks. (Getty Images)

Image Nation Abu Dhabi, the emirate's film production arm, has announced that it will fully finance American filmmaker James Ponsoldt’s upcoming film 'The Circle', which is co-produced by actor Tom Hanks.

The film, based on Dave Eggers’ novel of the same name, will be presented in association with Parkes MacDonald Productions.

Eggers’ novel follows the story of a young woman working at a high position in an Internet company called the Circle.

The company links the personal emails, social media, and banking details, of their users, with their universal operating system.

The result is “one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency,” according to Image Nation.

The contemporary thriller novel emphasises the threats of life in a digital age, where personal data is constantly monitored and examined, resulting in zero privacy.

The project marks Hanks’ second collaboration with Eggers, as he starred in Eggers’ adaptation 'A Hologram for the King'.

“The Circle is a fantastic modern day thriller that shines a light on the role of the Internet and our own identities in a world of increasing transparency and privacy issues,” the CEO of Image Nation, Michael Garin, commented.

“Image Nation’s international projects have helped subsidise and build our local industry here in Abu Dhabi and the region, while creating opportunities for our local talent to work on large scale international productions and this film will help continue that effort,” Garin added.

Handling the film’s international sales will be IM Global, who will also represent the work at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Shooting for The Circle will start on August 2015 in California.

Image Nation and Parkes MacDonald Productions have also partnered on the upcoming documentary 'He Named Me Malala', which portrays Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded by the Taliban when they opened fire on her school bus in Pakistan.

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