In a surprise to many, battleship drama "Greyhound" will now premiere on Apple TV+ after the previously scheduled Sony Pictures theatrical release became the latest to be scrapped amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Written by and starring Tom Hanks, "Greyhound" will be the first project by the multi-award winner to premiere via a streaming service.
The rights to "Greyhound" are part of a reported deal with Sony Pictures in the region of $70 million for 15 years of streaming rights, marking the single biggest commitment to a feature film by the company and a statement of intent seen across the movie industry.
Tom Hank's association with Apple TV+ may publicly begin with "Greyhound" but his relationship with the company began last year. The upcoming Hanks/Spielberg project "Masters of the Air" - a follow up to HBO's "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific" - began pre-production in 2019 and will be the very first fully in-house production by Apple.
Apple have yet to announce a premiere date for "Greyhound", however speculation is rife that it will soon come to the streaming service given the gap in the release schedule left by the shut-down of countless TV+ productions.
You can watch the trailer for the PG-13 rated action/drama below.