Posted on May 20, 2020, 12:57 PM IST
In these untimely days when theatres are experiencing an indefinite shut, OTT platforms are gaining the chance to release major films. Hollywood has now shown that the future premieres will be online to a live audience.
In a real bombshell, the WWII naval drama Greyhound that Tom Hanks wrote and stars in has abruptly changed course and will now be opening on Apple TV+. Originally on the Sony Pictures theatrical calendar for Father’s Day weekend, the film instead will become the biggest feature film commitment made by Apple to premiere on Apple TV+. It is the latest in a growing indication that Apple is making its move, and becoming as aggressive as any streamer or studio in auctions for the acquisition of films and TV projects.
Hanks will get a direct premiere in more than 100 countries, and it is all because of the coronavirus pandemic and how it has wrecked studio theatrical release calendars this year. Hanks already had been indelibly linked to the pandemic when, on the set of the Baz Luhrmann-directed Elvis Presley movie for Warner Bros in Australia, he became the first major movie star to test positive. He and wife Rita Wilson were quarantined and luckily overcame the affliction. How his WWII movie will fare hopefully will be a far more pleasant experience as the industry reboots itself
Hanks is set to play George 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.
The project is assembled by CAA Media Finance and FilmNation, Aaron Schneider directing and Hanks’ Playtone partner Gary Goetzman producing as a Playtone Production from Sony Pictures/Stage Six Films.