A new report from Deadline states that Apple TV+ has secured the rights to Tom Hanks’ upcoming naval drama Greyhound for an impressive $70 million.
The move to streaming isn’t a huge shock as the film was expected to be more of an awards feature focusing on audience nostalgia from Tom’s work in Saving Private Ryan, another film set during World War II. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed a lot of 2020 films to 2021 but they’ll eventually run out of dates to use. One way to also get some extra cash is to sell big features to streaming services like Netflix and Apple TV+.
Disney recently confirmed that they would be moving their theatrical release Artemis Fowl to Disney+ instead. CEO Bob Chapek had suggested that other films could end up heading to streaming but failed to mention what those projects could be.
The only thing more dangerous than the front lines was the fight to get there. Screenplay by Tom Hanks inspired by actual events, Greyhound is coming soon to Apple TV+.
In a thrilling story inspired by actual events from the Battle of the Atlantic, Tom Hanks stars as a first-time captain who leads a convoy of allied ships carrying thousands of soldiers across the treacherous waters of the “Black Pit” to the front lines of WW2. With no air cover protection for 5 days, the captain and his convoy must battle the surrounding enemy Nazi U-boats in order to give the allies a chance to win the war. The film is directed by Aaron Schneider from a screenplay by Hanks.