Tom Hanks’ war drama Greyhound to debut on streaming service

Tom Hanks’ World War II drama Greyhound will no longer have a theatrical run. The naval drama was originally set to be unveiled in cinemas by Sony Pictures in June, but it was removed from the slate and left without a release date when Sony officials …

Tom Hanks’ World War II drama Greyhound will no longer have a theatrical run.

The naval drama was originally set to be unveiled in cinemas by Sony Pictures in June, but it was removed from the slate and left without a release date when Sony officials did a major reshuffle of their calendar due to coronavirus pandemic, which has caused the closure of movie theatres.

Many expected the movie to be released in cinemas at a later date, but in a surprising turn of events, it was announced by Deadline on Tuesday that the distribution rights to the film have been sold to Apple TV+, with bosses to debut it on their streaming service.

According to Deadline, the film was quietly shopped around and was involved in a bidding war between the big streaming services, with the report suggesting the deal closed in the range of $70 million (£57 million).

Greyhound will mark the biggest feature film commitment made by Apple to premiere on Apple TV+, which is less than a year old. It suggests that it is set to become a major player in film acquisition to boost its movie offering, which currently only consists of two narrative projects – Hala and The Banker – and two documentaries – The Elephant Queen and Beastie Boys Story.

Hanks wrote the screenplay for Greyhound. He plays Ernest Krause, a U.S. Navy Commander on his first wartime assignment in command of a multi-national escort group defending a merchant ship convoy under attack by submarines in early 1942 during the Battle of the Atlantic, only months after the U.S. officially entered World War II.

Apple has not set a release date yet, but the film will reportedly premiere in more than 100 countries.

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Sony postponing release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius amid coronavirus crisis

Executives at Sony Pictures have postponed the release of films including Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Due to social distancing measures leading to the closure of cinemas around the world, many movies…

Executives at Sony Pictures have postponed the release of films including Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Due to social distancing measures leading to the closure of cinemas around the world, many movies set for release in the coming months have been postponed, and on Monday, studio bosses at Sony announced they were shelving the majority of their 2020 releases, the most sweeping move by a major studio since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the fourth instalment in the supernatural comedy franchise, has been moved from its 10 July 2020 opening slot to 5 March 2021, while Morbius, a Marvel Comics adaptation starring Jared Leto as a vampire, has been pushed back from 31 July 2020 to 19 March 2021.

The film adaptation of video game Uncharted, which is set to star Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, and Antonio Banderas, has also been moved from 5 March 2021 to 8 October 2021. The flick, to be directed by Venom’s Ruben Fleischer, has been in development for years, and after being beset by multiple setbacks, it was due to begin filming in March, before the pandemic forced all movie productions to shut down.

Earlier this month, Sony officials announced they were postponing animated sequel Peter Rabbit 2, also known as Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, from March until August, but the movie has been delayed once again and is now without a release date.

Greyhound, a World War II movie starring Tom Hanks, and an untitled Sony/Marvel movie, which were due to be released in June and October, respectively, have been taken off the release schedule indefinitely.

However, one project has been brought forward into 2020 – Kevin Hart’s drama, Fatherhood, will now be released on 23 October 2020 instead of 15 January 2021.

Other big movie releases to be delayed so far include No Time to Die, A Quiet Place II, Wonder Woman 1984, and Fast and Furious 9.

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Tom Hanks and son Chet are filming a movie together

Tom Hanks and his son Chet have teamed up to film a new World War II movie together.The Oscar-winning actor and his rapper son, will share the screen for the first time in Greyhound, a movie about the U.S. Navy fighting back against the German submarin…

Tom Hanks and his son Chet have teamed up to film a new World War II movie together.

The Oscar-winning actor and his rapper son, will share the screen for the first time in Greyhound, a movie about the U.S. Navy fighting back against the German submarines in the Atlantic Ocean. And Tom’s second son was delighted to have the opportunity to take on a role alongside his Oscar-winning father.

“It was really cool, because I had never been in a scene on camera with my dad before,” the 27-year-old shared in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “Obviously, I spent my whole life growing up on movie sets and being around that, but I had never shared any screen time with him and it was an awesome experience just because it was really fun, you know?”

Chet – a sibling to 22-year-old Truman, and half-brother to actor Colin Hanks, 40, and Elizabeth, 36, Tom’s children with first wife Samantha Lewes – admitted that regardless of family ties, he was still apprehensive about acting in front of a Hollywood legend.

“I was kind of nervous at first because I didn’t know how it would be acting in a scene with my dad, and I was just surprised because it was just – it was a blast,” he recalled. “It was really enjoyable.”

Greyhound, which has been directed by Get Low director Aaron Schneider, is set to debut on 8 February 2019.

In addition, the 61-year-old movie star is gearing up to reprise his voice role as beloved Sheriff Woody in Toy Story 4, which will hit cinemas later that year. Tom has also been tapped to play beloved American TV personality Mister Rogers in a new biopic titled You Are My Friend, which will chronicle the friendship between the late entertainer and journalist Tom Junod.

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