Apple has snapped up the rights to the Tom Hanks-headlined Greyhound, following the decision to pull its cinema release next month.

This seems like rather a big deal. The films that have had to bypass a cinema release thus far and go straight to on demand or streaming services have been sizeable animated films, or movies that are a little more modest. But a film starring Tom Hanks, that he’s also penned the screenplay for? Well, that feels different.

It was a few weeks ago now that Sony Pictures pulled the film from its original release date in June, and understandably so. But now, the film has been sold on to Apple, for its Apple+ service. According to Deadline, Apple has paid some $70m for the rights to stream the film.

Hanks penned the screenplay, with Aaron Schneider directing the movie. Apple hasn’t as of yet confirmed when it plans to release the film, but we can’t imagine the date is too far away. In the meantime, here’s the trailer that was released, just before the world started to lockdown…

And the official synopsis…

In a thrilling story inspired by actual events from the Battle of the Atlantic, Tom Hanks stars as a first-time captain who leads a convoy of allied ships carrying thousands of soldiers across the treacherous waters of the “Black Pit” to the front lines of WW2. With no air cover protection for 5 days, the captain and his convoy must battle the surrounding enemy Nazi U-boats in order to give the allies a chance to win the war. The film is directed by Aaron Schneider from a screenplay by Hanks.

More as we hear it.

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