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America's former favorite cinematic sweethearts, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, are reuniting for a new movie -- though unfortunately for fans of their crackling chemistry, it won't be onscreen.

Instead, Ryan will direct and Hanks will executive produce a World War II drama called "Ithaca." It will be Ryan's feature directorial debut, and the first time the pair has worked together since 1998's "You've Got Mail."

"Ithaca," based on a 1943 William Saroyan novel, "The Human Comedy," tells the story of a teenaged telegram delivery boy who witnesses the upheaval of WWII through those he ferries messages to in his small hometown. Ryan will also star in the film, alongside Melanie Griffith, Sam Shepard, and Ryan's son, Jack Quaid ("The Hunger Games").

"'Ithaca' is a deceptively simple story, by turns stark and lyrical," Ryan said of the film. "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."

"Band of Brothers" scribe Erik Jendresen penned the screenplay. Production is expected to start this summer.