There are depressingly few films about advertising executives when compared to, say, spies or talking animals.
But the Diary’s sources in Hollywood report that Tom Hanks could be about to take up the challenge of playing a down and out JWT exec in a new Universal movie.
The film is to be directed by Gus Van Sant and is apparently based on a book entitled “How Starbucks Saved My Life” by former JWT exec Michael Gates Gill, the son of long time The New Yorker writer Brendan Gill.
The Diary’s LA-based contacts add, between slurps of champagne, that it is about a man in his 60s who gets “downsized”, goes
through a divorce and ends up working in Starbucks.
The sources could not confirm whether the coconut that starred alongside Hanks in Cast Away will be playing the role of a creative in the new film.