Sunday, June 16, 2024

Tom Hanks Movie “Greyhound” Not Waiting for Theaters to Open, Heading to AppleTV Plus Next Month


Tom Hanks is taking a “Greyhound” to AppleTV Plus.

Hanks’s next movie was supposed to be released by Sony Pictures today. But last month Sony threw in the towel and sold global rights to “Greyhound” to Apple’s streaming service.

Hanks wrote the script to the World War II movie based on C.S. Forester’s novel “The Good Shepherd.” Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan and Elisabeth Shue co-star with Hanks in the film directed by Aaron Schneider.

“Greyhound” is just the latest big feature to bypass theaters and head straight into the world of streaming platforms. Today we’re getting Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” and Judd Apatow’s “The King of Staten Island,” as well as Disney’s “Artemis Fowl.”

And there will be more, soon. The filmed stage musical “Hamilton”– which is not a feature film, but the Broadway musical filmed before the original cast left– is coming to Disney Plus on July 3rd.

So far, all of these movies are probably better suited to this platform rather than gamble on theatrical release. So the fact that theaters are closed right now may turn out to be a good thing.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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