The Coronavirus Pandemic doesn’t seem to be ending and filmmakers all over the world are thus being forced to sell their films to OTT giants. After Bollywood films Gulabo Sitabo & Shakuntala Devi being sold to Amazon Prime, we now hear that Tom Hanks’ upcoming Hollywood biggie Greyhound has been bought by Apple TV Plus.
The WWII naval drama was earlier slated to release in theaters on June 19 but now it will directly release on Apple TV Plus. The digital release date of the film hasn’t been announced though.
According to Deadline, it will be the biggest feature film commitment made by Apple which has shelled out $70 million for it. Apparently, there was a huge competition between leading OTT platforms to get the deal, and Apple grabbed it at the end by being the highest bidder.
Greyhound is based on a fictional book by CS Forester. The film will have Tom Hanks playing George Krause, an officer commanding 37 ships while being pursued by German U-boats. The cast also features Stephen Graham, Elizabeth Shue, and Rob Morgan in supporting roles.
On the personal front, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were among the very early people who contracted Coronavirus. Tom was in Australia shooting for Elvis Presley movie directed by Baz Luhrmann and that’s where he started experiencing symptoms. Both Tom and Rita were kept in quarantine and were given early treatment until they recovered completely.