Apple will be streaming Tom Hank’s upcoming movie Greyhound, originally set for a theatrical release under Sony Pictures.
Under Sony, the film was scheduled to release sometime in June, though it was later delayed due to the pandemic. After Apple claimed rights for the movie, it’s not made clear when it’ll release.
Since its a streaming platform, though, they may stick to its initial release window.
According to Deadline, a deal of up to $70 million was made for rights to the movie. The bid was done amongst major streaming platforms, and clearly, Apple won the battle. The auction was brokered by CAA Media Finance and FilmNation.
Apple’s move to claim the film is a further indication of their commitment to major features. Of course, their streaming service already has acclaimed titles like Beastie Boys Story, The Elephant Queen, and Hala.
As for Hanks, this will be the first time he sees his movie go straight to digital without a theatrical release. The movie is actually written by Hanks, and stars himself as Captain Ernest Krause.
The film will focus on Krause, a career officer who finally gets command of a Navy destroyer, ‘Greyhound’. It will depict his time during the Battle of the Atlantic and sees him overcoming his self-doubts and personal demons, to prove himself an effective leader of the defenders.