Tom Hanks’ “Greyhound” is the most recent film to skip theaters and head straight to streaming — on this case, to Apple TV+. Deadline reported final month that Apple had picked up the movie, which now has a launch date of July 10.
Sony had beforehand pushed again the film’s launch a number of occasions, most just lately deciding on June 19 (Father’s Day weekend).
Of course, these plans have been scuttled by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing theatrical closures. Although theaters are getting ready to reopen with new social distancing measures, with Warner Bros’ “Tenet” and Disney’s “Mulan” scheduled for launch in July, it stays to be seen whether or not moviegoers are able to return.
Meanwhile, studios have taken completely different methods for various movies — delaying some, accelerating VOD/streaming releases for others and both skipping theaters for their very own streaming providers (within the case of Disney) or promoting movies to streamers (within the case of Netflix and “The Lovebirds”). Sony went the latter route, with “Greyhound” going to Apple.
Aaron Schneider directed the movie, whereas Hanks wrote the screenplay based mostly on C.S. Forester’s novel “The Good Shepherd.” He additionally stars as a first-time Naval captain throughout World War II who has to guard a convoy of 37 ships from Nazi U-boats.
Apple was already working with Hanks on “Masters of Air,” a World War II sequence govt produced by Hanks, Gary Goetzman (who additionally produced “Greyhound”) and Steven Spielberg.