Tom Hanks Admits 'Heartbreak' Over Greyhound Heading Straight To Streaming Release
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Obviously, because of the coronavirus pandemic, people have been unable to attend movie theatres.
This meant that the folks behind Hanks' new flick, an adaptation of C.S. Forester's The Good Shepherd - which is about the Battle of the Atlantic - decided against a delayed cinematic release (it was meant to come out in June when most cinemas were closed), instead choosing to move straight to home on-demand via Apple TV on 10 July.
Speaking to The Guardian about how this decision had been 'an absolute heartbreaking', Hanks said: "I don't mean to make angry my Apple overlords, but there is a difference in picture and sound quality."
Obviously, he's joking about the 'Apple overlords' stuff, but his disappointment is totally understandable.
Greyhound had actually been slated to be one of the biggest blockbuster releases of summer 2020, but - as we all know by now - 2020 had other ideas about that.
Amidst the chaos surrounding cinemas, Apple swept in and bought the rights to the film in more than 100 countries.
Here's the synopsis for the film: "Tom Hanks stars as a long-time Navy veteran who, as a first-time captain, is tasked with protecting a convoy of 37 ships carrying thousands of soldiers and much-needed supplies across the treacherous waters of the Atlantic during World War II.
"For five days with no air cover, the captain and his small force of three escort ships must make their way through an area of the ocean known as 'the Black Pit,' battling Nazi U-boats while protecting their invaluable ships and soldiers.
"The Greyhound is inspired by events during the Battle of the Atlantic, which took place in the earliest months of America's alliance with Great Britain and the Allied Forces."
As well as Hanks, the films stars Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan, and Elisabeth Shue. It was written by Hanks himself and directed by Aaron Schneider.