Tom Hanks lights up 'Electric City'

Pacts with Reliance Big Entertainment on digital project

NEW DELHI -- Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone will pact with Reliance Big Entertainment for a joint-venture to create “Electric City," which is described as “a multi-platform digital experience” covering a multi-episode animated internet series, online social game and mobile application.

Conceived and written by Tom Hanks, “Electric City” will offer “a tantalizing view of the future of civilization, presented through the lens of provocative themes such as energy consumption, freedom of information, crime and punishment," according to a joint statement.

RBE's gaming arm Zapak will spearhead and manage “Electric City.” Joshua Feldman and Bo Stevenson will co-produce.

“Tom and I are thrilled to be taking “Electric City” into the digital space with Reliance and Zapak as our partners,” said Goetzman. “We’re excited by the challenge of making content for new distribution platforms and interactive formats.”

“We are delighted to work together with such talented individuals as Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman on 'Electric City.' We are sure Reliance’s strength in the entertainment space combined with Zapak’s expertise in the digital world, and Playtone’s demonstrated creative and production acumen, will create an exciting and magical experience in the digital space," said RBE parent Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group MD Amitabh Jhunjhunwala.