As seems to be a major trend in recent months, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed another theatrical release. The latest Tom Hanks movie, “Greyhound,” was set for release in theaters on June 12, but it will now head straight to streaming on Apple TV+.
“Greyhound” is a WW II drama that’s based on “The Good Shepherd” by C.S. Forester and follows the Battle of the Atlantic, where U.S. forces fought alongside English and other European armies to take down the Nazis.
A release date hasn’t been set yet, but it’ll likely debut about the same time it was set for theater release if not a little sooner. As far as price, $19.99 seems to be the going rate to stream a first-run film like this but it’ll be included in the Apple TV+ subscription.
Apple TV+, which debuted late last year, has quietly been scooping up content to stake their place in a crowded streaming landscape. In addition to blockbuster films and high-profile original content, they’ve been purchasing the rights to a lot of older shows, hoping to beef up their library (which at first was around three dozen original films) to better take on the likes of Netflix.
The service costs $4.99 per month and offers a seven-day free trial.