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'Ithaca' Will Reunite Meg Ryan With Tom Hanks, At Least Sort Of

01/30/2014 02:11 pm ET | Updated Jan 30, 2014

Beloved rom-com duo Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are sort of reuniting for an upcoming movie, "Ithaca." Ryan is set to make her directorial debut with the film, starring alongside Melanie Griffith, Sam Shepard, and her son, Jack Quaid.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hanks will make his contribution to "Ithaca" by executive producing the film. The pair previously teamed up onscreen for movies such as "You've Got Mail" and "Sleepless in Seattle."

An adaptation of William Saroyan's 1943 novel "The Human Comedy," "Ithaca" will focus on life in a small California town during World War II. The film will tell the story of a teenage boy who is forced to take care of his younger siblings and widowed mother while his older brother is abroad fighting in the war.

"'Ithaca' is a deceptively simple story, by turns stark and lyrical," Ryan said in a statement. "It's sometimes shockingly unsentimental and yet, by some little miracle, never cynical. I am delighted to no end to bring a tale of such vibrancy and heart to the screen."

The story was first adapted for the big screen in a Mickey Rooney-starring film by the same name.

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