Plans unveiled for Tom Hanks' WWII doc

Museum to screen high-tech project

NEW YORK -- Tom Hanks has tapped into his knowledge of World War II to executive produce a new documentary, "Beyond All Boundaries," which will be screened daily in the National WWII Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana, beginning Nov. 9.

The museum is currently undergoing a renovation and will see the opening this year of three major new destination attractions, representatives announced Wednesday. One of them is the Victory Theatre, which will be presenting "Beyond All Boundaries," described by museum reps as a "groundbreaking 4-D cinematic experience."

"This film uses a whole world of technologies, including an incredible sound system, multilayered projection, high definition, moving sets, 3-D features and more spectacular theatrical effects," said Phil Hettema, creative director of "Beyond All Boundaries."

His goal was to present the epic story of World War II in an exciting and emotional way, he told THR. His concern was that younger generations do not have a personal connection with the war and are beginning to forget its impact and importance.

"Our task was to give them context, to have them say, 'I had no idea these things happened,' and be excited to see the rest of the museum."

Hanks played an important role and has been involved throughout the process, said Hettema. "He has a very deep knowledge of World War II. He knows more than some of those who work at the museum," the creative director said. "He's been excitedly and graciously involved, and has an important honorary roll in the making of this film."

Hanks wasn't in attendance Wednesday, but is scheduled to be at the formal opening of the Victory Theatre.