Tom Hanks clarifies Greyhound Apple TV+ comments
After initially expressing heartbreak over his World War II action-thriller skipping a theatrical release in favor of Apple TV+, screenwriter and star Tom Hanks has clarified his statements to the Today Show regarding Greyhound‘s move to a streaming platform in a time when many theaters are still closed across the country. The full interview can be viewed in the player below!
“Well, I’m actually thrilled that Apple TV is making it possible for everybody to see it,” Hanks said. “Not only worldwide, as long as you have Apple Television, but also the day after my 64th birthday, thank you, thank you very much. This is a magnificent gift that’s come to us because of Apple. Because COVID-19 did something heartbreaking to us all. It closed down the theaters. We don’t have the cinema. There isn’t anybody that doesn’t like going to see a good movie with 800 other people and coming out with something in common. Barring that, Apple Television has saved the day for us. We had a magnificent movie that was not going to be seen because of the realities. It is going to be viewable, and otherwise we would’ve languished in a vault for a movie that, look, is 88 minutes of a thematic story that does speak to what we’re all going through right now. We didn’t know that at the time we made the film, we were just trying to make a lean, new spare version about procedures and behaviors about how difficult it was to stay alive in the North Atlantic in 1942.”
Based on C.S. Forester’s novel The Good Shepherd, the film will be set in the early days of WWII. In Greyhound, an international convoy of 37 Allied ships, led by captain Ernest Krause (Hanks) in his first command of a U.S. destroyer, crosses the treacherous waters of the Black Pit in the North Atlantic while hotly pursued by wolf packs of Nazi U-boats. With no air cover protection for 5 days, the captain and his convoy must battle the surrounding enemy in order to give the allies a chance to win the war. The film is directed by Aaron Schneider.
The film stars Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Cast Away), Stephen Graham (Snatch, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Rocketman), Rob Morgan (Mudbound, Stranger Things, Daredevil), and Oscar nominee Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas, The Boys, Death Wish).
The film is directed by Oscar-winner Aaron Schneider (Two Soldiers, Get Low) from a script penned by Tom Hanks. It is produced by Emmy winner Gary Goetzman (Olive Kitteridge, Game Change, The Pacific). Greyhound will premiere on Apple TV+ on July 10!