Apple TV Plus has acquired release rights over Tom Hanks WWII movie, ‘Greyhound’.
Written and starred in by Hanks as George Krause, rights to release the movie was previously owned by Sony Pictures which had a Father’s Day weekend, June 19 theatrical release on the pipeline before COVID-19 wrecked everything planned for theaters in the coming months.
Deadline reports that, ‘Greyhound’ was a big acquisition title for Sony, who acquired worldwide rights over the movie just before the Berlin market in February. After Sony lost its chance of premiering the film, it became a big bid amongst streaming services with negotiations revolving round $70 million.
Now in the domain of Apple TV Plus, the movie stands as the biggest feature film commitment made by the streaming service. It already has a slate of films in its archives such as ‘Beastie Boys Story’, ‘Boys State’, ‘On the Rocks’, ‘Hala’, ‘The Elephant Queen’ and ‘The Banker’, all sourced from Sundance Film Festival’s plethora of premiered movies except the first and last.
Aaron Schneider is behind the direction of the film with Hanks Playtone partner Gary Goetzman producing via the Playtone Production from Sony Pictures/Stage Six Films.
‘Greyhound’ tells the story of Krause, a career officer finally given command of a Navy destroyer, Greyhound, during the Battle of the Atlantic, which took place in the earliest months of America’s alliance with England and the Free Forces. Along with the enemy, Krause fights his self-doubts and personal demons to prove he belongs.
Apple TV Plus is yet to announce a release date on the platform.