As the COVID-19 situation shows no signs of abating anytime soon, more companies are choosing to let their movie releases head straight to streaming services instead of waiting for theatres around the world to reopen.
The movie in question this time is Tom Hanks’ World War II film Greyhound which has been acquired by Apple TV+ for a streaming premiere (via Deadline).
The film was originally supposed to hit theatres on Father’s Day Weekend, 19 June. Instead, it has now become Apple TV+’s biggest feature film acquisition from Sony Pictures and Hanks’ first movie to premiere on a streaming service.
Directed by Aaron Schneider, with a screenplay by Hanks himself, the film is set in the early days of World War II, during the Battle of the Atlantic, and stars Hanks as Ernest Krause, a captain tasked with leading allied ships to the frontlines of World War II.
Greyhound is one of many films that opted for a digital premiere due to the coronavirus outbreak. Other films include Scoob, Trolls World Tour, and Artemis Fowl. There are also many other new movies you can now catch on iTunes.
Apple has yet to announce the date for Greyhound’s digital premiere.