RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — The big screen duo who brought us “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail” are teaming up to make another movie. “Ithaca” will film this summer in Virginia.
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Friday filming will begin this July in the Richmond-Petersburg area. The movie, based on William Saroyan’s book The Human Comedy, will both star and be the directorial debut of Actress Meg Ryan. While Tom Hanks won’t appear on screen, he and his production company Playtone will be executive producers on set.
“The welcome we’ve received from Governor McAuliffe and the Commonwealth of Virginia has been lovely,” Ryan commented in a press release. “We’re happily surprised by the cinemagraphic opportunities, the talent of the filmaking community and the variety of resources at our disposal. We couldn’t be more delighted to be here.”
The movie will also star Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith and Ryan’s son, Jack Quaid in a coming-of-age story set during World War II.
“We couldn’t be happier that Meg Ryan has chosen Virginia as the location for her directorial debut,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Ithaca is a heart-warming story, and we are proud that it will be shot in the Commonwealth. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks on this film about an important time in American history.”
The filming can receive a Virginia Film Tax Credit and Grant, which is based on how many Virginia workers are hired and the amount of Virginia goods and services that are purchased.
Just two years ago, the Commonwealth’s film and television industry had an economic impact of $328.4 million, created 3,061 jobs and provided $50.5 million in tax revenue.